4 Twitter Etiquette Lessons from Olympians
CREDIT: Twitter: @papaxristoutj
Justice came swiftly to Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou, who was expelled from the competition after she posted a controversial quip on Twitter from her iPhone.
"With so many Africans in Greece .. At least the mosquitoes of West Nile .. will eat homemade food!" (Translated from Greek to English by Google.)
Within a few days, the International Olympics Committee banned Papachristou from competing in the games for violating the "Olympic spirit."
London 2012 has been dubbed the social media games, and the IOC last year published rules for athletes and their use of social media.
Can these same rules guide people who count walking to the refrigerator as exercise? You bet. Here's how:
IOC: "Postings, blogs or tweets must not disclose any information which is confidential or private in relation to any other person or organization."
Twitter and other social media networks are no place for revealing secrets. Don't jeopardize your job or your friendships by sharing information or gossip that could be damaging to others.
IOC: "Postings, blogs and tweets should at all times ... be dignified and in good taste, and not contain vulgar or obscene words or images."
You never know who's reading your Twitter feed. Before you write that next tweet or post a photo, ask yourself if it's something you'd feel comfortable tacking up on your office door or sharing at the next family reunion.
IOC: "If any other persons appear in the photo, their prior permission must be obtained by the person posting such photo."