Be Careful What You Put In Writing

Ian Capstick wrote yesterday about an online bust-up between National Post technology reporter David George-Cosh and marketing consultant April Dunford on Twitter.

All of the gory details are over on Ian’s site; I’m not interested in piling-on to either side of this. However, it does raise one very important reminder, which I coincidentally posted on Twitter the other day:

Be careful what you put in writing

Given April’s comments on Ian’s blog post, I suspect (though can’t confirm) that both of them regret the incident (indeed, the National Post has apologized). However, they will now be captured in Google and it’s cache for a long time thanks to the blog posts that have sprung up around it and the widespread reaction to those posts.

Most of us have written, and subsequently regretted, things in the past. Perhaps not as bad as yesterday’s example, but this a useful reminder that:

  1. When you post something online, you’re not just talking to one other person – you’re potentially talking to tens, hundreds or even thousands of people.
  2. What you write may be out there forever, whether you like it or not.

What’s your take on this situation?

Dave Fleet
Managing Director and Head of Global Digital Crisis at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.