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In elementary school, I desperately wanted my mother to order books for me from those flyers Scholastic hands out to kids. She refused, citing the "perfectly good library down the street." I exacted revenge by becoming a card-carrying ALA accredited reference librarian. Ha! Take that!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Twitter mistakes: Top 10 worst ‘tweets’

Twitter Mistakes

In the overall scheme of things, some of these don't really seem all that bad. Ashton Kutcher rhapsodizing over his wife's behind and coyly acting as though she'll never know? Seems a tad disingenuous to me, but not all that bad.

Courtney Love engaging in an Internet cat fight? What else would you expect of her?

Lindsay Lohan publicly breaking up with her lesbian lover? Well why not? The entire affair was carried out in the tabloids. One has to wonder whether 2 lesbians breaking up in the forest will make a sound if Entertainment Tonight isn't there to record it.

But my personal favorite on this list clocks in at #10.

Twitter user “theconner” was happy as she had just landed a well-paid job from internet company Cisco, but was not sure whether to accept. She tweeted the following: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” However soon after the company rescinded the offer tweeting: “Who is the hiring manager? I’m sure they would love to know you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.” 
 Dang! People at Cisco know how to use the web? Who the hell saw that coming? Actually this reminds me of one of my first major Internet gaffs (yes, there has been more than one, but this was pretty spectacular and since I was doing tech support at the time, should have known better).

I had posted a resume on Monster and was contacted about a job with Innovative Interfaces, a company near Oakland that makes a library online catalog. They had emailed me about coming in for an interview. I was going to forward the email to my best friend and made a snotty comment about funny, I don't remember applying to them.

Instead of clicking Forward I instead hit Reply. I saw my mistake the second I hit the Send button. I stared at the hourglass in horror and even tried to turn the computer off to keep it from sending.

Alas, it sent anyway and I was not surprised when I got a smug rejection letter within the week. and learn.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Scam Preys on Jobseekers

Are there any genuine employers posting on CraigsList? One gets the feeling that there aren't. I've posted before about Janice at, to whom I had no recollection of being in contact. She offered an interview, but only after I went to some spurious link and entered a lot of personal information.

The new scam seems to be people replying to mail sent to a blind email address on CraigsList for a job with the supposedly welcome news that as they said earlier (even though I've never been in contact with these people before, nor do they bother to say what exactly the job is or how they know about me) yet oddly enough they know of the perfect job for me and they want to schedule an interview...but only after I have gone to a site where I can get a free copy of my credit report and then email them the result.

Uh, sure. Here, perhaps you'd like the PIN number for my ATM card as well...