Remember when oversharing meant your mom telling your friends that you still wet the bed? Ah, the good old days. Unfortunately For Gen X, Y and even Z-ers, over sharing can lead to more than a backlash of scrutiny from your kindergarten peers. The consequences of oversharing have become much more severe, thanks to communication platforms that thrive on the assumption that EVERYONE needs to know “What’s on your mind?”
Social media is the newest(although not really new) place where oversharers can thrive, or ruin their careers and end up in court. In a world that encourages complete transparency through social media, we have forgotten that some things should be kept to ourselves.
Because laughing at other people’s fails NEVER gets old, we decided to share with you our list of top 5 Overshare fails, which we have expertly combined with a tutorial on what NOT to share via social media (brilliant, we know).
Here are 5 #Oversharefails to learn from:
Do NOT share…
1. Your Confessions of Guilt
21-year old British man, Michael Ruse, confessed his guilt in a Facebook post to a friend. After pleading not-guilty in his assault case, Ruse posted “’I think I got away with it tbh x,” in response to a friend’s inquiry about the case, according to the Daily Mail Online. The Jury had yet to deliberate, but once one of Ruse’s Facebook “friends” printed out the post and handed it off to authorities, Ruse was forced to change his plea to guilty(like he had a choice). Ruse was given a 46 day jail sentence, two year suspension and a six month curfew.
Confessing your guilt via Facebook? #Oversharefail
2. Your Inappropriate Photos
After posting controversial photos of themselves holding guns on Facebook, Australian swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk will now be forced to leave the London Olympics after their events have concluded(Yahoo Sports). They were the center of a media firestorm last week when the photos showed up online and were said to violate the International Olympic Committee’s social media guidelines for the 2012 London Olympics.
Kicked out of the Olympics early over a Facebook photo? #Oversharefail
3. Your Potentially Defamatory Statements
Courtney Love was sued by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir after Love took a feud they were having to Twitter. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Love’s alleged 2009 defamatory comments included calling Simorangkir a prostitute and a thief on Twitter. The designer alleged that Love’s Twitter rant had cost her her reputation as a designer. Love was forced to settle by paying $430,000 to Simorangkir.
Paying $430,000 dollars for defamatory tweets? #Oversharefail
4. Your Love of Day Drinking
I’m not sure what is more idiotic, drinking on the job or tweeting about it. #Oversharefail
5. Your distaste for Your Current Employer
If anyone knows this first hand, it is YouTube artist Traphik or Timothy DeLaGhetto . In 2009 he was fired from his job as a server at California Pizza Kitchen after tweeting at his employer about his distaste for the new uniforms that employees were required to wear. According to Mashable, Traphik tweeted “@calpizzakitchen black button ups are the lamest shit ever!!!.” Not long after that, CPK tracked him down at his Long Beach store and fired him for his tweets.
Losing your job after hating on your employer on Twitter? #Oversharefail