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Today at 9:09 PM
Posted by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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US Airways Tweets Wildly Inappropriate Photo in Worst Social Media Blunder Ever

by Jenny Erikson

US AirwaysSo U.S. Airways made a major blunder on Monday afternoon. I mean there are little mistakes -- small lapses in judgment that can usually be apologized and rationalized away with a swift PR brushoff, and then there are big mistakes that include a major airline tweeting a very graphic and sexually explicit photo to over 400,000 followers.

Whoops. It seems that someone was unhappy sitting on the runway, and tweeted a complaint to U.S. Airways. Whoever runs the social media over there responded back, "We welcome feedback, Elle. If your travel is complete, you can detail here for review and follow up," along with a link.

Instead of leading to a customer feedback survey, it was a picture of a woman with her legs spread and a toy airplane and well ... yeah. That happened.

It took an hour, but the tweet was eventually deleted, and the airline replaced it with, "We apologize for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We've removed the tweet and are investigating."

But everyone knows the Internet is forever, thanks to a little thing called screen shots. Once you've made a mistake this huge, it will live on forever in the digital world.
 
Like remember the time Justine Sacco tweeted, "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" and was destroyed by the Internet?
 
Or when Kenneth Cole tweeted during a seriously political uprising in Cairo, "Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online... -KC."
 
Or when Urban Outfitters failed to stop a Twitter firestorm after being accused of ripping of jewelry designs? Sorry guys, but, "Please know our accessories buying team is looking into this," isn't good enough.
 
Then there was that time a Marc Jacobs intern high-jacked the company's Twitter account and had an epic meltdown in which they called the CEO a tyrant. That was pretty good.
 
What about when Chrysler tweeted, "I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to fucking drive"? Ah, the F-bomb is always a fun one on an official Twitter PR account.
 
But as awesomely terrible as those five social media fails were, at least they managed to avoid pornography. Congrats, U.S. Airways -- your social media fail just topped them all.
 
Have you ever tweeted  or posted something regrettable?
by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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SlightlyPerfect
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I'm not ready.
Today at 9:25 AM
by Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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MistressMinerva
by Jennifer on Apr. 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I don't tweet.

Jinxed8
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

 neither do I

Quoting MistressMinerva:

I don't tweet.

 

Jinxed8
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:06 PM

 Exactly !  Why is it that people now a days are such attention whores !  The need to share with the world every time they fart !  Even on FB I'm so fed up of people ranting on a daily basis, asking every one for help, sharing every kid pic (yes, even though I'm a mom, being bombarded with other people's kids pictures tend to get on my last nerve ) every step you take, everything you cook, plugging your business, looking for a pity party or fishing for compliments  GAH !! people please !!!!!!!!!!!! spare me !!!!

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I'm not ready.
Today at 9:25 AM
by Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM
I don't think it's so bad for people my age, the generation that was introduced to AOL chat rooms in high school or college. We missed the allure of social media because our identities were more solidified by the time even MySpace got popular. Of course, selfies existed then, for example, but we had and used privacy settings and (at least in my experience) were more selective about who we friended.

When teens (from say 2005 and beyond) were opened to Facebook and Twitter, their cycling need for outward approval and a feeling of camaraderie became more addictive. "I can get 22 people to tell me I'm pretty within 5 minutes of typing 'I'm ugly' online!" "OMG my mom sucks!" "Mine too!" But that's not unlike sites like LiveJournal where you posted rants and raves and within minutes got comments.

Of course, these kids, unlike my generation, were raised by Kardashians, E!, and reality television. It kept them from really recognizing important shit in life, and instead they focused on superficial nonsense, like looks and who's doing whom and celebrities.

I'm babbling, but you get what I'm saying? Teens now have information blasting toward them, and they really have trouble processing it all. Maybe in a way to either deal with or combat it, they have thousands of selfies and a podium (and audience) they'll regret using later. I feel fortunate to have missed that. Sometimes I wonder what I'd have been like if I was born ten years later.


Quoting Jinxed8:

 Exactly !  Why is it that people now a days are such attention whores !  The need to share with the world every time they fart !  Even on FB I'm so fed up of people ranting on a daily basis, asking every one for help, sharing every kid pic (yes, even though I'm a mom, being bombarded with other people's kids pictures tend to get on my last nerve ) every step you take, everything you cook, plugging your business, looking for a pity party or fishing for compliments  GAH !! people please !!!!!!!!!!!! spare me !!!!


Quoting SlightlyPerfect:


 

SlightlyPerfect
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I'm not ready.
Today at 9:25 AM
by Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM
And I'm also not saying my generation is immune to that superficial nonsense. I know plenty of people my age who still don't have their priorities in order and therefore focus on really inane shit.
Jinxed8
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

 it depends, some people LIVE on the internet.  But

I find it so sad that my daughter's obsession is the fact that she doesn't have an ipod touch like her other friends and she can't use Facetime chat or skype ... Jesus !! you're 10 years old !!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously ???? you don't need ANY of those things.  You want to see a friend, call her on the phone and grab your bike and GO THERE. 

Quoting SlightlyPerfect: I don't think it's so bad for people my age, the generation that was introduced to AOL chat rooms in high school or college. We missed the allure of social media because our identities were more solidified by the time even MySpace got popular. Of course, selfies existed then, for example, but we had and used privacy settings and (at least in my experience) were more selective about who we friended. When teens (from say 2005 and beyond) were opened to Facebook and Twitter, their cycling need for outward approval and a feeling of camaraderie became more addictive. "I can get 22 people to tell me I'm pretty within 5 minutes of typing 'I'm ugly' online!" "OMG my mom sucks!" "Mine too!" But that's not unlike sites like LiveJournal where you posted rants and raves and within minutes got comments. Of course, these kids, unlike my generation, were raised by Kardashians, E!, and reality television. It kept them from really recognizing important shit in life, and instead they focused on superficial nonsense, like looks and who's doing whom and celebrities. I'm babbling, but you get what I'm saying? Teens now have information blasting toward them, and they really have trouble processing it all. Maybe in a way to either deal with or combat it, they have thousands of selfies and a podium (and audience) they'll regret using later. I feel fortunate to have missed that. Sometimes I wonder what I'd have been like if I was born ten years later.
Quoting Jinxed8:

 Exactly !  Why is it that people now a days are such attention whores !  The need to share with the world every time they fart !  Even on FB I'm so fed up of people ranting on a daily basis, asking every one for help, sharing every kid pic (yes, even though I'm a mom, being bombarded with other people's kids pictures tend to get on my last nerve ) every step you take, everything you cook, plugging your business, looking for a pity party or fishing for compliments  GAH !! people please !!!!!!!!!!!! spare me !!!!

Quoting SlightlyPerfect:

 

 

johnny4ever
by Mrs. Depp on Apr. 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I only use twitter for House Party

SlightlyPerfect
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I'm not ready.
Today at 9:25 AM
by Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM
OMG totally agree. I dread what the virtual world will look like in a few years. Hell, Google Glass just came out today. My daughter is only 5! I guess you either think of it as technology-driven dread and our old age, or you embrace it as a new way to connect with people. Either way, you lose! There has to be a better way. Just don't know what that is.

The weird part is, with companies like the one in the OP making mistakes, there is a certain solace in that for us old-timers. (Haha. I'm only 32! Talk about an age gap.)


Quoting Jinxed8:

 it depends, some people LIVE on the internet.  But


I find it so sad that my daughter's obsession is the fact that she doesn't have an ipod touch like her other friends and she can't use Facetime chat or skype ... Jesus !! you're 10 years old !!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously ???? you don't need ANY of those things.  You want to see a friend, call her on the phone and grab your bike and GO THERE. 


Quoting SlightlyPerfect: I don't think it's so bad for people my age, the generation that was introduced to AOL chat rooms in high school or college. We missed the allure of social media because our identities were more solidified by the time even MySpace got popular. Of course, selfies existed then, for example, but we had and used privacy settings and (at least in my experience) were more selective about who we friended. When teens (from say 2005 and beyond) were opened to Facebook and Twitter, their cycling need for outward approval and a feeling of camaraderie became more addictive. "I can get 22 people to tell me I'm pretty within 5 minutes of typing 'I'm ugly' online!" "OMG my mom sucks!" "Mine too!" But that's not unlike sites like LiveJournal where you posted rants and raves and within minutes got comments. Of course, these kids, unlike my generation, were raised by Kardashians, E!, and reality television. It kept them from really recognizing important shit in life, and instead they focused on superficial nonsense, like looks and who's doing whom and celebrities. I'm babbling, but you get what I'm saying? Teens now have information blasting toward them, and they really have trouble processing it all. Maybe in a way to either deal with or combat it, they have thousands of selfies and a podium (and audience) they'll regret using later. I feel fortunate to have missed that. Sometimes I wonder what I'd have been like if I was born ten years later.
Quoting Jinxed8:

 Exactly !  Why is it that people now a days are such attention whores !  The need to share with the world every time they fart !  Even on FB I'm so fed up of people ranting on a daily basis, asking every one for help, sharing every kid pic (yes, even though I'm a mom, being bombarded with other people's kids pictures tend to get on my last nerve ) every step you take, everything you cook, plugging your business, looking for a pity party or fishing for compliments  GAH !! people please !!!!!!!!!!!! spare me !!!!


Quoting SlightlyPerfect:


 


 

goddess99
by Michelle on Apr. 16, 2014 at 9:11 AM

wow

nope, can't say I've ever been that stupid

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