Mum’s the Word


Online Celebrity

Then some people like the spotlight. You may post something and find it gets “re-tweeted”or goes viral and before you know it, you’re a celebrity. A bus driver was bullied, a video was posted and went viral. The driver was lauded for her restraint. She ended up receiving over half a million dollars through a website set up for contributions on her behalf. The teenage students who bullied her have received thousands of death threats and other harassment.

A woman flying to South Africa posted a racist tweet, then boarded her flight. By the time she landed 12 hours later, she learned her tweet had ignited an online firestorm causing her employer to fire her. She lost her job and was branded a racist. Not the kind of celebrity status anyone wants.

The Golden Rule

People should find a balance between posting useful information and private information. I try to stay positive, stick to facts, and avoid attacks and anything derogatory. Treat others as you would want to be treated. The Golden Rule does still apply in the electronic age. You control what you say to others. Assume everything you write will eventually be public. Then judiciously apply that logic and decide whether you’re okay with posting. Then you won’t live to regret your actions.

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David Streit
David Streit
David Streit is an IT consultant and an entrepreneur, as principal of Stephill Associates, LLC. in Manalapan, New Jersey. Stephill provides IT infrastructure and technology advisory services for small business clients in New Jersey and New York City. Streit has worked with PCs and technology for more than 25 years.  He and his wife, Claudia, have two daughters, Hillary and Stephanie.  Stephill Associates website. Website</a

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