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Woman Fired Over Tweet

Social media guru tweeted that co-workers leave early in summer
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2011 2:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Social media's hottest life-wrecker has claimed another one: A Pennsylvania social media specialist was fired after tweeting that her government co-workers leave work early to play golf, reports the Morning Call. Vanessa Williams got a pink slip from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. in part because of a tweet she posted Friday from the agency’s account that read, "We start summer hours today. That means most of the staff leave at noon, many to hit the links. ..."

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The agency’s CEO was less than pleased, saying, "I think this is an interesting lesson for all of us about the use of social media … how much information goes out there immediately and what the consequences are." He added that employees may leave early on Fridays only when they’ve otherwise completed 40 hours of work, a summer policy that has been in place for several years. (Read more Twitter stories.)

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