Five things you should never do on Facebook (or anywhere else)

What you say and do online can land you in divorce court, the unemployment line, or prison. Check out these five real-life tales of social media woe.

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Even if your wireless carrier deletes text messages after a few days, they can live for years on your SIM card or in your phone’s onboard memory – and then be subpoenaed by a court. For example, sending a text like ”Hey Sexy I can't come out this week. Something came up family wise” to your Hooters-waitress-mistress – or several of your Hooters-waitress-mistresses – is a one-way ticket to divorce court. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tiger Woods.

5. Tweet your meat

Sending out lewd photos of your Congressional member to random women on Twitter is clearly not a good idea, as former Rep Anthony Weiner can attest. But just opening your trap the wrong way can cost you your job in 140 characters or less – a fate suffered by scores of people over the last six years, including Luis Pagan, a Fort Lauderdale cop who got fired this week for sending offensive tweets to his 84 followers.

Remember, you have the right to remain silent. That goes double on Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest. Use it or lose it.

(A hat tip to Social Times for the inspiration.)

Got a question about social media? TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan may have the answer (and if not, he’ll make something up). Visit his snarky, occasionally NSFW blog eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter: @tynan_on_tech. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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