The Perils of Oversharing on Facebook

Published on August 21, 2009
by Marisa Taylor

Over-sharing on Twitter and Facebook has always been annoying, but in recent months over-sharing has been in the news for getting people fired from their jobs.

Digits rounded up a few of the most notable stories from this summer as cautionary tales:

One of the most dramatic tales that surfaced this month was the unnamed woman in the UK who was fired after she insulted her boss and wrote “OMG I HATE MY JOB!!” in a Facebook status update, without realizing that he was her Facebook friend.

Her boss responded on Facebook: “You also seem to have forgotten that you have 2 weeks left on your 6 month trial period. Don’t bother coming in tomorrow….And yes, I’m serious.” Screenshots of the whole Facebook exchange have spread virally all over the Web.

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