3/20/13 10:55 AMDon't tweet that: Social media stupidity sticks aroundPage 3 of 5http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/19/age-old-bad-judgment-lives-long-in-digital-age/2001557/
texts sent on the night of the attack."It is one thing to hear the rumors, but I think when people actually saw the tweets, andthe vile things that were said, with their own eyes, it really drove home just how dis-gusting the behavior of these kids was," she wrote in her blog this week.The texts introduced at the trial included those in which one of the students, TrentMays, admitted to digitally penetrating the girl. In other messages, he told friends he'dparticipated in a different, mutual sex act with the girl. He also sent messages to friendsasking them to cover up what happened. In one text he asked, "Just say she came toyour house and passed out."
POLITICAL CAREER IMPLODES
The great social media cautionary tale is Anthony Weiner's. The sharp, articulate Demo-cratic congressman from Brooklyn was on his way to becoming mayor of New York City until two years ago when he accidentally used his public Twitter feed (as opposedto a direct message) to send a female Twitter follower (other than his wife) a link to aphotograph of his bulging underwear.Weiner has lots of company.Some online mistakes are merely embarrassing, like last September when actress AlisonPill of HBO's
posted a topless photo intended for her boyfriend's eyes, toher Twitter account.Some are costly. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was the voice of the Aflac duck in commer-cials until he joked about the Japanese tsunami on Twitter ("Japan is really advanced.They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them.").Some are final. Actress Nicole Crowther, an extra on the TV series
tweeted someplot spoilers two years ago, to which producer Brad Falchuk tweeted "Hope you're qual-ified to do something besides work in entertainment."Sports figures feature prominently in the Twitter doghouse. They include former Chica-go White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was suspended for two games after tweeting