We all have our moments of disgrace. From falling on our faces to using incorrect grammar or spilling a drink on a stranger, those moments can be unfortunate. But having public social media accounts means that our mistakes are out there for the world to see. Forever. Maybe you only have 200 followers and your mistake ain’t no thang, but for large companies who tweet out offensive material, it could mean disaster (both in publicly and financially). Let’s take a stroll through some of the most cringeworthy corporate faux pas so far.
Someone smart up at HMV wasn’t really thinking when they went about firing people who had access to the company’s Twitter accounts.
The airline attached an pornographic image of a nude woman with a toy airplane between her legs in response to a tweet about customer reviews. A spokesman called the tweet “an honest mistake” — and said the poster would NOT be fired for it. That’s not an honest mistake! That’s not how Twitter works!