The immediacy of tweeting makes it easy to cause damage without time for damage control. Check out these bonehead tweets that caused a lot of trouble, like fines, firings, and fights.

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Written by Lauren Palmigiano

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April 25, 2009

1. Bye Bye Job Offer

Twitter user “theoconnor” tweeted about a new job offer from Cisco.

“Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weight the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”

Large companies are often savvy to technology trends like Twitter, Cisco is one of those companies. A fellow tweeter named Tim Levad found theoconnor easily through an alert set for any company mentions and he replied back.

“Who is the hiring manager. I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.”

Since then, theoconnor’s twitter account has been removed.Cisco hasn’t revealed whether or not they’ve rescinded their offer, but that’s probably the quickest hire and fire in internet history.

2. Keep your head in the game!

Bucks basketball player Charlie Villanueva (screen name: CV31) tweeted from the locker room during half time of a critical game.

"In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up."

His coach, Scott Skiles, did not react positively to one of his players tweeting instead of focusing on the game. He responded in real life, not on twitter.

"We made a point to Charlie and the team that it's nothing we ever want to happen again," Skiles said after practice Tuesday. "You know, [we] don't want to blow it out of proportion. But anything that gives the impression that we're not serious and focused at all times is not the correct way we want to go about our business."

News of the reprimanded tweet spread fast and prompted Shaquille O’Neal (screen name: THE_REAL_SHAQ) to respond from his account.

"Attention all twitterers. I'ma tweet at halftime and not get fined like vill a new wave a whteva his name is."

Since then, Villanueva has laid off the tweets while playing, but he’s active any other time of day.

3. Politically Unsavvy

The Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, Jeff Frederick (screen name: JeffFrederick) updates his Twitter about all aspects of his job. Including revealing a plan his party had to court one of the Democratic State Senators to his side of the aisle in order to sway a tie-breaking vote. Frederick tweeted this to the world:

“Big news coming out of Senate: Apparently one dem is either switching or leaving the dem caucus. Negotiations for power sharing underway.”

Smart Dems were following Frederick’s tweets and were tipped off on the plan. Democrats adjourned the session to prevent the switch and took the time to speak to the State Senator themselves, who then saw the error of his ways.

A little extra back-story on the man who ruined the strategy: Jeff Frederick is  known for firing up campaign volunteers by comparing Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden using talking points like, “Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon.” So maybe it’s not surprising that he’s made some other bad decisions.

4. It’s Twitter or Me

Sources for Star Magazine (ok, not reputable, but it works for this list) say that John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship really went downhill when Aniston discovered Mayer would spend hours twittering while at the same time claiming was too busy to contact her. Twitter is the mistress you cannot conceal. Mayer (screen name: johncmayer) was updating his twitter sometimes every hour, which Jen discovered was not an acceptable alibi for not returning phone calls. After the break up, Mayer tweeted:
“This heart didn’t come with instructions”

5. A Jury of your peers

A juror on a case in Arkansas going by the screen name “Juror Jonathon” sent eight tweets via his cell phone during the trial. They said things like:
"oh and nobody buy Stoam. Its bad mojo and they'll probably cease to Exist, now that their wallet is 12m lighter."
"So Jonathan, what did you do today? Oh nothing really, I just gave away TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS of somebody else's money."
A lawyer for Stoam Holdings filed a motion asking for a new trial because of the postings was denied. But we’ve all discovered a new way to get out of jury duty.

6. Late Night Twits

Before the internet, couples left each other drunk messages privately. Now there are message boards, facebook comments and twitter where you can seem emotional unstable in front of the world. Lindsay Lohan (screen name:  sevinnyne) and Samantha Ronson (former screen name: jackdaniels9, current screen name samantharonson) did some twittering on the night of their break up. These came from Lindsay over the course of the night:

@jackdaniels9 ask ur sister 2 stop yelling profanity plz;;stop doing drugs. and tell charlotte to do more-she could loose a stone or 10.

@jackdaniels9 please go away.&go to bed. u work hard,&u need some rest. those around u are clearly negative influences. miss wellxx

@jackdaniels9 look, im doing this publicly because u&ur friends call people win, you broke my heart. now go away. i loved you

@jackdaniels PLEASE leave me ALONE. and stop staying in the room below me, you've woken me and my mother up. go to bed. keep cheating u win

being cheated on does wonders to you

@jackdaniels9 I was right all along. Cheat

But the twitpic from Sam takes it to another level.

The two are friends now and Lindsay did this hilarious e-harmony parody for Funny or Die.

7. Don’t taunt the ref!

Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing calls made by officials during a Mavs v. Nuggets game. Cuban sent these tweets from the sidelines.

"how do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground?"

"scary part of that play: Same crew chief from game in Denver where they missed call - last play of the game&1st JRSmith/Wright issue."

Cuban has been fined over a million and a half dollars since he bought the Mavericks in 2000, so $25k is pocket change.

8. Movie Spoilers!

Comedians LOVE twitter. Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Scott Aukerman, Rob Corddry, our own Eric Appel – they love it. So when Paul, Rob and Scott organized a twitter event in the back row of Crank 2: High Voltage, it was CRAZY! The guys had theater approval before going in and planned to stay in the back row as to not disturb other movie goers. At first, there wasn’t any trouble. They live tweeted the movie and everyone was having fun. Check the transcript.

Then the bonehead part starts. A bunch of movie bloggers who weren’t even in the theater started freaking out. They thought it would encourage other movie goers to use their phones during movies. Basically sounding like a bunch of angry old ladies and they used their twitters to whine about it.

Someone from AICN tweeted back:
“Come on, man. Theaters are movie geek churches. You have to show respect of the place and the people around you”

“There’s no difference between what you’re doing now and what the loud teenagers constantly txting during movies do”

"I know it’s Crank 2, I know it’s funny and you think it’s innocent fun, but it’s incredibly disrespectful. Unless you rented out the theater and it’s just you and your buddies you’re in the wrong here, however discrete you guys are.”

A CHUD blogger got really upset:
"Solemn promise: if I am at a movie where @firstshowing is twittering, I will smash his fucking phone"

It got more and more heated and finally Paul Scheer chimed in:
“If you were upset about this, please don’t go see the midnight screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. You’d be mortified.”

Come on, which team would you be on?

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