For all intents and purposes, social media is a great thing. It helps you keep in contact with friends and family across the globe, you can find out about all manner of cool stuff going on in your neck of the woods, and you get to be on the ground floor when a person or corporation has a total meltdown. Occasionally, these social media mistakes have led to hasty firings and many people who instantly regretted their tweets and Facebook posts, having lots of time to reminisce, thanks to their newly unemployed lifestyle.
If you’re lucky enough, you get to see these social media faux pas and Twitter meltdowns happen in real time. This list is all about those moments when someone put a thought into the digital landscape without realizing that what they said could be read by one important person, or by millions of consumers ready to tear apart their corporate overlords, 140 characters at a time. These posts resulted in people with no job, ruined careers, and a whole lot of time on their hands all of a sudden.
We’ve all said things that we wish we could take back, and in the 21st century, we’ve all written things on social media we wish we could delete forever. Most of us are lucky in that our online lives haven’t popped up to stab us in the back in the middle of a board meeting or while we’re having a dinner with our parents. Most people haven’t been fired over Twitter posts or let go thanks to a Facebook photo, but not the people on this list.
These people led normal lives, hated their bosses, and liked to party. The only difference between them and you is that they put something negative on social media and the world sat up and listened. While that may seem like a good thing, the folks on this list didn’t think so at the time – most of them lost their jobs, were fired over Facebook, and faced a landslide of mockery that continues to this day.