Written by Jade Wright • Published 11th September 2013
What’s the world coming to when you can’t post a video of yourself street racing at 120mph on YouTube and get away with it?
Or more importantly, what’s the world coming to when people are silly enough to do it?
This is the sort of thing that has been shown on Channel 4’s programme, Don’t Blame Facebook. A collection of social networkers who had got into trouble for sharing more than they should have.
Last night’s instalment of Don’t Blame Facebook featured stories of social media mishaps from people around the UK. The people had underestimated the power and reach of social networks.
The first story featured Curtis a former English light welterweight champion boxer who, following online abuse from a troll, decided to live tweet his car journey to confront him. The story went viral, but it all ended well as both agreed to shake hands on ITV breakfast show Daybreak.
The second story featured young Essex lad, Jed, who decided to offer drugs online for a joke. He didn’t realise that one person who actually got in touch following his post was, in fact, an undercover reporter. A few weeks later he found himself splashed across the pages of a Sunday tabloid.
The third story was about Janey, a Scottish stand-up comedian, who on a train journey from Glasgow to London, overheard a young couple having a blazing row on the train and decided to tweet the whole exchange blow by blow. The story went global putting her at the centre of an international debate on privacy.
I suppose the moral of the story here is never to underestimate the power of social media! #ThinkBeforeYouTweet