Editor’s Note: From fights to selfies, it seems we’ve seen it all go down on social media. The following is a compilation of the biggest Facebook fiascos seen by the staff of Coachella Unincorporated, as well as the lessons we learned as a result.
An old friend of mine ended his relationship with his high school sweetheart, because after every argument, she would rant about it on social media. It not only ruined their relationship, but made things incredibly awkward with everyone who had to see rant after rant posted up on their Facebook or Twitter feed. Social media is a tool that can both bring people together, and rip relationships apart. Especially when a person shares more information about their relationship with someone, than that someone would care to have shared.
Ivan Delgado, Beat Reporter
Seeing someone post someone tweet scandalizing photos of herself via Twitter and, later that same day, seeing someone else post the same photos on Facebook. The person who originally posted them had already deleted them off of Twitter — but it was too late. And a bunch of her friends had tagged her on the Facebook post. Pretty embarrassing to say the least! Nothing ever disappears on social media!
Johnny Flores, Jr, Student Reporter
Being Put on Blast
Last year, my cousin was on Facebook when a girl he knew messaged him, saying, “Hey, I want to say something, but I don’t want to put you on blast.” My cousin said he didn’t mind, so then the girl posted a status saying that my cousin had cheated on his girlfriend. She named the girl by name. To make matters worse she tagged my cousin, his girlfriend, and the girl he was being accused of cheating with. My cousin said he didn’t even remember the girl in question, but that accusation was out there and there was nothing he could do about it.
Karla Martinez, Student Reporter
Facebook Fights & Facebook Divorce
Facebook fights are the worst, but political arguments are the silliest by far. People can get so heated and nasty that they forget that they are friends in real life. On election night, a friend of mine was reduced to tears by a Facebook “friend” who didn’t like the fact that she expressed joy over the outcome of a certain race. In person, the “friend” would not have said those mean things – but somehow people tend to forget that on the other side of computer screens there are real people with real feelings.
I also once saw someone change his relationship status from “married” to “single.” And then he went on a crazy rant about his ex-wife, complete with unnecessary and inappropriate details from the divorce. Definitely awkward!
Brenda R. Rincon, Editor & Coordinator
Being Caught Red-Handed
There’s nothing worse than getting caught in a little white lie. A picture is worth a thousand words, or excuses for that matter. So when you call in sick from work and pictures of you show up on your shift manager’s newsfeed partying it up on the beach, don’t be surprised if you are drug-tested the following day. Social media charts your life, and on Facebook you can be guilty by association. Words of caution: watch how you’re tagged!
Aurora Saldivar, Student Reporter