I follow some sports on social media, such as MMA and CrossFit, and it’s a fantastic way to stay up to date in the sporting world. Many organizations post new work outs, helpful tips, information about upcoming events and information about athletes.
Many athletes have their own social media accounts and it’s a great way for them to stay connected with their fans. But for many, such as Arian Foster, athletes want to speak their mind via social media and it causes PR disasters. Recently, he posted about leaving twitter, leaving no reason why. Previously, his humor or disdain towards certain events in the media have gotten him into trouble because of his posts.
However, when you’re expressing yourself 140 characters at a time, it can be pretty easily misunderstood or taken out of context. And almost any time you say somethingonline, there is bound to be someone who finds it to be bothersome and/or offensive.
This quote is the most important, and again is a reminder that users must be aware of what they post and what it can be possibly construed as.
The thing is, this is the Internet age. Once it’s out there, there’s no going back…ever.
And that may be the other reason why Foster decided enough was enough. If you say something stupid, you’re never going to hear the end of it.
If you say something that isn’t stupid, guess what? Someone won’t like it, and you’re never going to hear the end of it.