Have you heard about the Facebook post that cost one family $80,000?
As part of an age-discrimination suit, Patrick Snay, a Miami-area headmaster won a settlement from Gulliver Preparatory School. He saw the money disappear with one click after his daughter, Dana Snay, reportedly posted this update to her 1,200 “friends” on Facebook, letting on that her father had broken his confidentiality agreement by telling her about the settlement: "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
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If we give Ms. Snay credit for knowing she would be violating the confidentiality clause by telling people this news, we can only assume she got caught in one of two big errors that entrap many social media users:
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The teenaged Snay may have fully intended her update to reach all 1,200 of this “friends,” but it is unlikely she considered the fact that some of them may share her post beyond those confines. The advice, “trust no one” very likely applies here.
Miriam Salpeter is a job search and social media consultant, career coach, author, speaker, resume writer and owner of Keppie Careers. She is author of Social Networking for Business Success, Social Networking for Career Success and 100 Conversations for Career Success.
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