Old tweets kill off another career

Old tweets kill off another career

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CNN report had praised Hitler on his Twitter feed for several years:

Adeel Raja, a Pakistani-based CNN contributor whose byline has appeared on the network’s website at least 54 times, wrote on Sunday in a now-deleted post, “The world today needs a Hitler.” CNN said Sunday night that due to Raja’s “abhorrent statements,” he would “not be working with CNN again in any capacity.”

Source: CNN Cuts Ties With Writer Who Praised Hitler for Years

He had worked for CNN for seven years.

Old social media posts tend to haunt many. Some times because they reveal some personality types we would rather not associate with. Occasionally because context has changed over time. But often, its because they really do reveal things about the poster that make others very uncomfortable.

Social media has resulted in many new things – but not always positive things that social media proponents brag about. A lot of reporters and others have seen their careers ended because of things they posted on social media in the past – and sometimes in the present.

Suggestion: The half life of a tweet is about 15 minutes. That means half of the views of a tweet will will occur within about 15 minutes of its posting. This means that keeping your old social media posts online – forever – serves little purpose other than to enable others to dig up dirt on something you said, long ago, possibly taken out of context.

Personally, I tweet very, very, very seldom – and anything I put up there, including replies/answering questions is automatically deleted within 30 days.

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