Stupid Tweets like Fire Me Get a Warning

FireMe! Twitter alert says you’ve overstepped the mark

Social media does funny things to some people. While most would sensibly avoid calling their bungling boss an idiot to their face, many don’t think twice before venting their anger and frustration on Twitter. A new tool called FireMe! offers a tongue-in-cheek way of warning someone if they have gone too far.

Ricardo Kawase and colleagues at the University of Hanover in Germany created FireMe! as a way of reminding everyone how risky it can be complaining about your job publicly on Twitter. In a single week last June, they found almost 22,000 people who had tweeted about their job or boss in a negative way.

The team used an algorithm that looked for telltale phrases indicating someone had tweeted something negative about their boss or job. The user then received an automated alert tweet from FireMe! which rebuked them with the message: “Can you imagine if your boss gets to know that you said: ‘I hate my job so much’. You said that on Twitter and the whole world can see it!”

Each alert also contained a link which, if followed, gave them their FireMeter! score – their chance of being fired as a percentage.

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