Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Facebook Friday

Originally published 06/03/2011 on lubbockonline.com

Poachers shouldn't advertise

An AP story story in the Miami Herald tells us of the perils of being a poacher on Facebook. Darin Lee Waldo learned the hard way that Facebook is not the place to brag about your poaching. Or the anywhere on the internet. Especially when the people you're trading photos with are investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Of course, Darin wasn't just bragging about his poaching. He was a felon in illegal possession of a firearm bragging about his poaching on Facebook and inviting government agents on poaching trips. I'm sure he came from a long line of criminal masterminds.

Fireman suing for Facebook firing

Capecodtoday.com reports that former fireman Richard Doherty is suing the town of Bourne, MA for wrongful firing. The city says he broke department policy by posting derogatory remarks about members of the fire and police departments and the leadership. Doherty says he was just doing normal venting like employees do. He may have just been venting, but venting on Facebook isn't like venting to your wife, or with your buddies, as Mr. Doherty found out.

Facebook can be fun, it can be useful, but it can also be the knife you hold to your own throat. Be careful what you do with it.