People should pay special attention to the language they are using on various social media platforms, you should be careful of what you post on the Internet. Who knows employers might be scrolling your feed and going through every little detail which is worth a scrutiny.
A woman with Twitter handle @NaomiH_official had the privilege of doing internship at one of the world’s most esteemed organization, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) but one silly mistake took away her dream job. In her excitement, she used the F-word while announcing the good news on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
Here’s what she tweeted,
“Everyone shut the f*** up, I got accepted for a NASA internship.”
Homer Hickam noticed this tweet and he advised her to take care of her language by simply tweeting, “Language”. However Naomi was in no mood to listen and she escalated this to the next level by replying,
“Suck my d*** and b**** I’m working at NASA” .
Hickam also replied to Naomi’s tweet and informed her with whom she was talking as he tweeted,
“And I am on the National Space Council that oversees NASA.”
The tweet by Naomi was noticed by NASA and she lost her internship. Who is to blame here? Some folks believe Homer Hickam is responsible for Naomi losing her internship, whereas few said that if Naomi has no idea as to who Home Hickam is, she doesn’t deserve an internship at NASA in the first place.
Hickam posted his side of story bundled in a blog post and clarified that he has no role in getting Naomi’s internship revoked. The blog post has been deleted but we have it here for you to read:
“Recently, it was called to my attention on Twitter that someone was being hired by NASA and that they were using the F-word in a tweet about it.
I’m a Vietnam vet and not at all offended by the F-word. However, when I saw NASA and the word used together, it occurred to me that this young person might get in trouble if NASA saw it so I tweeted to her one word: “Language” and intended to leave it at that.
Soon, her friends took umbrage and said a lot of unkind things but long after I was gone as I immediately deleted my comments and blocked all concerned.
Later, I learned she had lost her offer for an internship with NASA. This I had nothing to do with nor could I since I do not hire and fire at the agency or have any say on employment whatsoever. As it turned out, it was due to the NASA hashtag her friends used that called the agency’s attention to it long after my comments were gone.
She reached out to me with an unnecessary apology which I heartily accepted and returned with my own. After talking to her, I am certain she deserves a position in the aerospace industry and I’m doing all I can to secure her one that will be better than she lost. I have also talked to the folks that had to do with her internship and made absolutely certain that there will be no black mark on her record.
— Homer Hickam”
Does it really hurt to express your sentiments in the right way?