Stars on Social Media platforms

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Stars having seemingly become a substantial part of the social media world. This makes sense for a lot of celebrities, because it increases their reach and allows them to stay on the mind of their fans. Recently this connection has been put to use to benefit charities and for the completion of other good deeds. In other cases though, the foray into social media has not helped the protagonists as much.

Athletes seem to have a particular penchant for misusing social media. There are a large number of players who have gotten into trouble with their sports teams from things that they tweeted. Just a few days ago a Major League Baseball player was sent down to the minors for things that he tweeted. In the past Chad Ochocinco, now of the New England Patriots, has gotten in trouble several times for things he tweeted. His one-time teammate Terrell Owens has run into his own problems.

Some celebrities and politicians have made their own missteps. There was a lot of controversy over some of the tweets that stars made over the Japanese earthquake tragedy particularly of 50 Cent’s comments. 50 Cent stood strong and refused to take down his tweets or to apologize for them. Later tweeting “Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I’m cool either way.” Kenneth Cole ran into his own problems after tweeting that the uproar in Egypt was probably due to their knowledge of his new collection.

After minor setbacks both of those celebs seems to have been able to get back on top. On the other hand, the politician Anthony Weiner seems to have permanently killed his career after mistakenly tweeting a picture of himself in his underwear. Compounding his problems, rather than immediately confessing or denying that it was he who posted the images, he created a media circus by drawing into question whether the image was of him. Later on there of course proved to be a trail of evidence linking him with a number of different girls.

The moral of the story is not to underestimate the power of social media; people are going to see what you write. So you better think about how you’re comments are going to be perceived. Your own personal social media accounts may be the only place you can make comments without having them taken out of context or repeated with a bias. If you wont take steps to maintain your reputation, no one else will.

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