Another crappy day in paradise

Another massive round of TGIF messages hit the ‘Net today on Facebook and Twitter and, once again, they raised the hair on the back of my neck.  I know it’s natural to celebrate the end of the traditional work week and that we’ve been singing the same hymn for generations, but if the new transparency of social media magnifies the impact of the simplest offhand remarks, think about what it does to the more complex ones.

Here are a couple of example status updates and tweets from the past several days:

Ugh. Have to head back to the office. When will I ever get a vacation?”

In conference calls since 6am with no end in sight.  Argh!  How much more of this torture can I take?”

Look familiar?  I’m sure they do.  People are quick to share their current frustrations, and the accessibility of social media is apparently too great a temptation for some cube farmers.  But can you imagine the same basic updates with a slight change of context?

Ugh. Woke up next to my wife again. Will this torture never end?”

Kids’ soccer tournament started at 6am.  Argh!  How much of these brats am I supposed to endure?”

You’d likely never spout this type of family frustration in public even if you had a written guarantee that your wife and kids aren’t on line.  At least one hopes not.

It’s human nature to get frustrated; it happens to all of us.  But when a situation gets the best of you, instead of jumping online to vent take a break and get a soft drink, count to ten or, better yet,  spend a few minutes counting your blessings of which I’m sure there are many.

As we saw from the recent Cisco Fatty argy bargy, companies — at least the clueful ones — are listening to the social media chatter.  So, even if you don’t have the most idyllic of jobs, it might pay to exercise a bit of discretion when hitting the old keyboard.  Just food for thought.

In this vein, what was the most clueless status update you remember seeing?

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  1. #1 by Caitlin - April 18th, 2009 at 02:13

    Huh. Interesting way of looking at it…. I like it.

  2. #2 by mike - April 19th, 2009 at 22:32

    your attitude is impressive

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