Two different stories with two different men got the surprise of their life. Bragging on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter can cause an individual a job, college admission, friendships, company mergers and pissed folks off. This happens more than most folks discuss publicly. There are many folks who are judged by their social media persona…these two men found this out too late how powerful the Internet really is and how it can destroy opportunities.
Seattle Seahawks assistant coach Rocky Seto wanted to get the word out that he had accepted the defensive coordinator position at UCLA. He texted reporters the news, told his friends and family, and watched congratulations pour in on his Facebook page all before the official announcement was made. Story
Aaron Barr believed he had penetrated Anonymous. This dude was intent on catching anonymous that he completely went on a tangent and began publicizing his information. When the Financial Times picked up the story and ran a piece on it on February 4, it wasn’t long before Barr got what he wanted—contacts from the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence, and the US military. The FBI had been after Anonymous for some time, recently kicking in doors while executing 40 search warrants against group members. Story
The million dollar question is did the Internet kill the opportunities of both men? Seto lost his job before he started at UCLA. Bar cost HBGary Federal, the company was trying to sell, for around $2 million. Some things are better left unsaid, bragging on social media websites can land you in trouble.