Friday, June 5, 2009

Facebook + Election Canditate = Problems

This was covered fairly extensively in some of the National press but a lot of people seemed to miss the story entirely. Don't get me wrong, if this was an ordinary Joe Public I'd be the last to republish the story, but they're not, and I feel that this is a prime example of the pitfalls that the unsuspecting can encounter when it comes to Social Media.

Emma Kiernan, one of Fine Gael's rising young stars found herself in a spot of bother when a photo of Ms. Kiernan out with some friends hit the press. I don't think there's much to say, it's all fairly obvious. If you're running for election, at any level, bear in mind who is taking your photo, and what you're doing in that photo.

The stupid thing is, that in the grand scheme of things, this is a completely harmless and innocent picture. In my honest opinion all it does is show that she's twenty-something girl who goes out and has a bit of fun with her mates. She's not obviously drunk. She's not smoking or doing anything illegal. Seriously, I don't really see an problems. In fact if this was the worst picture that anyone had of you, I'd be pretty happy!


Nick McGivney said...

I really, really hate to be the one to point out your spelling mistake in this one, Mr Hughes. Blame my Ninja-spel training. But erm, 'bare in mind' should technically be bear in mind? I'm not suggesting that you meant anything other than what you said. Not for a second. But others, see, mightn't be as caring as I. Just saying.

Christian Hughes said...

Wowser! Freudian slip if ever there might have been one. In other news I hear that Emma got elected! Who would have thought??