One of the best things you can possibly do before hitting send on any post, tweet, update or comment is pause for a moment, and think about how your post might be received, and the responses you’re likely to get.
In a lot of ways, this is a rule that applies every single time you open your mouth, also. But if you’ve not worked that out yet, then you’re probably beyond my help.
The key here is to anticipate any negative reaction and edit your post to mitigate it as much as possible.
In the example above, multi-millionaire superfamous footballer Rio Ferdinand could probably have phrased this a little less ‘poor me’ as he sits in his hotel suite paid for by his employer and contemplates an early night in the king-size bed. He did a good job of clearing it up in his responses,
“Next time I’ll just put #joking on the end of a “joke” tweet for all the fooooooools! Don’t make me switch on u….I’m here all night mugs!”
But as with most things like this, it smacks of panic and is rarely reported by any of the sites so keen to point out the original inflammatory post.
Another route, of course, is to plan your response to their response, a bit like planning a few moves ahead in chess:
Go Ex-MySpace Tom.
(Originally posted January 15th 2014)