Irony and the occasional grumpiness is okay when you’re among friends and good colleagues – IRL. We can all have a bad day or leave a remark that could be taken wrongly. But when you’re online, the effect multiplies. Unless it’s a thought-out part of your strategy, forget about irony and forget about writing tweets when you’re in a bad mood – you’ll most likely end up regretting it later.
The Standard Bank in South Africa made the mistake of criticising their competition publicly when they accused the First National Bank of misleading advertising. Unfortunately, they forgot that when you point one finger at someone else, three are pointing back at yourself. Tweeters were glad to remind them.
Trying to make yourself look bigger by lashing out for someone else never works – it just makes you look unsympathetic. In this case, the Standard Bank hoped to hijack some customers – chances are that they lost some instead. If anything, they learned that customers don’t like haters, and they don’t open accounts in banks that are being tattle-tails.
Be kind and smart
Most of us who’ve seen ‘The Help’, starring Viola Davis, remember this line from a scene in the movie:
While live-tweeting the premiere of “How to Get Away With Murder” on Thursday night, People magazine then tweeted this:
While the tweet was neither angry nor grumpy, it certainly offended some people:
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