Help! I Work-Ranted on Twitter

by Marjorie Korn


Meredith JenksMeredith JenksYour boss flipped out; a coworker jacked your lunch, your job blows. So after happy hour, you Twitter-bitch. And then you remember: Your boss follows you. JSMN.

Delete the Evidence.
If your manager doesn't refresh her feed 24/7, she may not have read it. The next day: "Check your company's social-media policy," says Deanna Zandt, author of Share This!, to find out if you're even allowed to tweet about work. The fine print is a slog, but if your boss saw your post, you'll know if you broke a rule or just pissed her off.

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Hide Out.
Hold back on the wiseass jokes, whiny updates about how you're so hungover -- or basically any 140-character outburst that might draw more attention to you over the next few weeks, Zandt advises. And don't try to overcompensate for your screwup with any bull-twit about how much you lurve your job.

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Deal.
If you used your company's handle or hashtag in your post, your gaffe will likely land in some higher-up's inbox. Many businesses now use computer programs that scan the Twitterverse for mentions, says Jason Keath, CEO of Social Fresh, a social-media training company. Or, maybe your boss is more plugged in than you thought. If she confronts you, say, "I'm sorry. I want to assure you that I've deleted the post and it will never happen again," Keath advises. And, goes without saying, never tweet anything about work that you could tag #FML.

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