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Twitter is the place most of us go to write about our fleeting emotions throughout the day, subtweet about your job, comment on the latest pop culture event or share the good and bad news of the internet with the rest of your followers. And unless you’ve managed to join the elite club that is Black Twitter, for the most part, your tweets are a drop in the bucket. But if you’re a celebrity, your thoughts and feelings are weighed more heavily and your presence on this social network puts you in touch with adoring masses or an angry mob.
Most celebs need to ignore the haters and naysayers. But Erykah Badu aka @fatbellybella is just not like most celebrities. And if you come for her and she sees you, you can bet you’re going to get mildly clowned… for an extended period of time.
And honestly, the way some people come at Erykah, most of it is quite justified.
Click through the following pages and see what I mean.
You may seem articulate on paper, but if your employer spots your Twitter page and sees a plethora of spelling mistakes, poor grammar, and text speak, consider yourself rejected. According to Time, a good number of hiring managers have tossed applicants out of candidacy due to sub-par communication skills on social media.
We already know that photos of you drunkenly wobbling around town will have you nixed from the applicant pool, but did you know your grammar is scrutinized, too? According to CareerBuilder, out of the 70 percent of hiring managers who scour through social media profiles to paint a picture of an applicant, one-third have ditched candidates with “poor communication skills.”
According to hiring managers, poor communication skills include, first and foremost, awful spelling. In fact, nearly half of recruiters (47 percent) are nauseated by misspelled words. Be safe and use spell check!
“The employer is more apt to question your professionalism if you show a pattern of misspelled words… or your commentary seems rash, uninformed or non-cohesive,” said Jennifer Grasz, a CareerBuilder spokeswoman.
Secondly, if you really want to repel employers, try not to use any punctuation at all — that really grinds their gears.
“If they can’t punctuate, if they can’t make a coherent sentence, then they are not, in my opinion, what we’re looking for,” says Thomas Anderson, director of HR at the Houston Community College System. “If they don’t punctuate properly, you get a sense that’s the way they probably write all the time.”
Next, all that virtual yelling is an ear sore for hiring managers. Hold back on the caps lock usage. No one likes a loud, obnoxious, social media fool. According to Anderson, skipping over caps lock is social media etiquette 101, so if an applicant doesn’t seem to realize this, HR managers will assume he or she lacks “serious knowledge” in basic social skills.
Lastly, though abbreviations are permissible and even preferred on social media, some employers will cringe at your habit of using “text speak.” According to Time, “it can be a turn-off for hiring managers if your conversations on social networks are riddled with this kind of short hand.”
So what’s the lesson here? Get your grammar up.
“Job seekers should pay special attention to their social media profiles, ensuring all publicly accessible information is professional,” says Susan Vitale, CMO at iCIMS. “It’s difficult for a recruiter to ‘unsee’ these references.”
From Your Tango:
No matter how old you are, it hurts when a friend breaks off a relationship.
A group of my colleagues and friends were talking about losing good friends. One of my friends’ situations was a job promotion and a change of location. Her friend cut her off, didn’t want to be her friend anymore, and un-friended her on Facebook, leaving her feeling confused and mistrusting. Had this person been a friend at all?
Another friend told me how disturbing it was when his very best friend un-friended him on Facebook. He said, “It’s one thing if you don’t know the person very well, but if it’s one of your closest friends, it makes you feel angry and untrusting of the depth of the friendship.”
Another colleague told me he had no idea what he did wrong. His friend just cut him off. When friends cut you off and won’t talk about it, it leaves you with a sense of loss that you can never close. Losing a friend happens to everyone, but with social media it happens even more frequently, and the depth of hurt and loss is just as deep, perhaps deeper when you cannot talk face-to-face with the person about the unanswered whys.
Our talk led us to discussing rejection, loss, pain and the feeling of mistrust that you are left with after your friend cuts you off. It’s one thing if you know what upset them, you can talk to them about the situation. At that point, even if they resist your apology or feelings, you have a sense that they understand your side or reasoning. It’s tougher when you live far away from your friend, and they won’t communicate anything with you. That means you have to try and imagine why they are upset, and in your own mind work through the reasons why you may have upset them. Being upset is one thing, but when someone cuts off all communication, it usually involves conflicts within themselves that they aren’t ready to deal with.
Part of moving on after a friend breaks up with you is evaluating your feelings for this friend. Although you may feel anger and hurt with their actions, it’s important that you consider what sort of friend this really was. Asking yourself these four questions can help you feel more in control of the breakup…
To read more on how to get over being socially shunned visit Your Tango:
Social Media brings us closer every day. Unfortunately, that closeness includes exes and haters. On Facebook, these moves are fair game. But if this were real life we’d call the cops
The Passive-Aggressive Poster
Post a selfie, this person writes a status about being self-absorbed. Complain about work, they post a prayer about being grateful to have a job. It’s like having an obnoxious shadow that throws salt on everything you say.
With our sincerest apologies: pic.twitter.com/BOF43jScV0
— American Apparel (@americanapparel) July 3, 2014
Big brands have a love-hate relationship with social media. On one hand, they’re jumping aboard a great marketing opportunity — you’re directly targeting an audience while still keeping that “cool” factor with a few hashtags and Instagram memes. On the other hand, one wrong move will throw you into the receiving end of hate-tweets. “#BoycottingYou” and “#NeverBuyingYourStuff” is a company’s worst nightmare. So when a company representative says something controversial online, best believe that he or she will be fired faster than you can say “bad for business.” Unfortunately (and sometimes fortunately), a few high-profile reps got the boot for being a little too vocal on social media. Quick to cut ties with all the outrage, companies say, “It’s been real, but uh, you gotta go.” Let’s take a look at people who have gotten fired for stirring a little too much trouble on the internet.
We can all agree that selfies have gotten out of control. Though we’re all guilty of snapping a duck face or night-out selfie, it’s not harmless images that really get us in a tizzy. It’s the how-could-they-do-that, what-were-they-thinking photos that cause us to throw some flags all over this social media phenomenon. So because we just couldn’t help ourselves, here is a guide to the most inappropriate selfie locales.
Relationships and social media sometimes are a toxic mix. We’ve all seen the break ups, make ups and screw ups go down on Facebook, Twitter and more. We all use social media differently – for business or pleasure – but there are certain commandments to keep in mind. Comment below! Do you agree? Disagree? Or have a few of your own?
In the world of social media, celebrities have a tendency to post things, regret them, and subsequently delete them. We’ve seen it happen on Instagram and Facebook quite often, but no social media platform has seen more deleted content than Twitter has. And unfortunately for celebs, although tweets can be deleted, they can’t necessarily be forgotten.
Jaden Smith’s Anti-Education Tweet
We’re not quite sure who made a 15-year old boy the authority on education, but okay…
Whether you’re driving other women crazy, promoting stereotypes, scaring away men or even damaging someone’s self-esteem, ladies please stop posting these awful photos to social media.
Blame it on the Internet age, technology, or the self-indulgent selfie-driven culture, but habitual bridge-burning and talking out the side of our necks behind keyboards has become our forte. We’re all standing witnesses to walls tumbling down, friendships crumbling, social media attacks and jobs lost because of an ill-received tweet, text, wall post, or status. The facelessness of the Internet has turned many of us into keyboard gangsters.
I’m guilty of it. Moments of frustration have sent me to the computer where I’ve pounded out a premature “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. On to the next one, YOLO,” and later had to incur the wrath of my significant other at the time. I’ve posted photos to Instagram at Six Flags Great Adventure when I was pretending to be sick from work – knowing that my manager was following me on Instagram and Twitter. I’ve also gotten carried away on comment sections and had to regulate on some fools, after their ignorance got the better of me.
The Internet has sprouted backbones in cowards, and converted religious people to vocal sinners; though one can’t completely blame the world wide web and social media for web-induced rachetness that has led to missed opportunities and broken connections. While these things certainly haven’t helped, what’s at the root of this behavior is a failure to gain strong respect for authority figures; a lack of esteem for peers as well as a lack of maturity, and a thorough impatience with people we shouldn’t pay attention to anyway. All this leads to behavior that would have your grandmother doing 360s in her grave.
Snubbing my former manager at a dinner party and blasting her on Facebook because she didn’t write me a letter of recommendation wasn’t right. Neither was leaving my roommate’s cat outside and texting her to say that she would need to retrieve it, because said roommate didn’t replace the cereal of mine that she ate. On a personal and professional level, these sort of behaviors cause precarious interpersonal relationships. Instead of snubbing and exhibiting passive aggressiveness, I should simply ask my roommate to consider her portions when eating my food. I also should just charm my former manager with my winning personality and complementary smile instead of calling her everything but a child of God. But I won’t get to do those things because I have trouble extinguishing the bridges I’ve already burned. Just because I know better, doesn’t mean I get to do better, as relations with these people no longer exist. But, I aspire to be better, and other people certainly should too.
The benefits of mending relationships and soothing burnt bridges is that it can renew opportunities, restore relationships and present new prospects. Plus, it just feels good to be rid of drama. So consider forgiving the neighbor who trespassed against you, reach out to the employer you have wronged, and reunite with the friend who threw up in your bed on her birthday (speaking from personal experience again), because not only do bridge burners miss out, but bridge burners get no love. There are more losses than things gained when you end friendships and relationships with your bad behavior, and do so over trivial things.