Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mouthing off for All the World to Hear; New Mobile App Tries to Protect Users from Themselves

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mouthing off for All the World to Hear; New Mobile App Tries to Protect Users from Themselves

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Vanessa Chircop

vanessa.chircop@dailymercury.com.au

VENTING about your boss on social media may be cathartic, but it may also cost you your career.

And while most people think before they tweet, others arenCOt so media-savvy.

Take NRL star Josh Dugan. He engaged in a vulgar and public war of words on his Instagram account Co the same account that saw him lose his contract with the Canberra Raiders for posting pictures of him drinking while injured.

During the confrontation, Dugan told a Raiders fan to C[pounds sterling]end yourselfC[yen], causing the Broncos to end their negotiations with him.

But could a new phone application, Fire Me!, save hotheads like Dugan from making career-ending mistakes?

The app is meant to monitor your messages on Twitter and send you an alert to warn you if your tweet could be potentially harmful to your career. But thereCOs a catch. It will also post your tweet via its own shaming page. The app also gives you a score, measuring how likely it is your tweet will get you fired. …

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