According to Boing Boing, Rupert Murdoch’s first deleted tweet:
Spoken like a man who sees employees as economic units to be exploited, and not human beings with families and lives.
Hey, Rupe? Maybe they have too long working hours and not enough holidays for a country with so many unemployed people and not enough jobs to go around?
UPDATE: Rupert’s followed up with the surprised “I’m getting killed for fooling around here and friends frightened what I may really say!”
Well, duh. Ordinary people aren’t supposed to hear what the powerful really think of them. The mockery is supposed to be limited to quiet conversations at the Club, or the lobbying to make the average person’s life more difficult to private chit-chats with malleable politicians. Tweeting these thoughts to the world? Nothing good can come of that.
UPDATE #2: Oh, and here’s hoping more CEOs take the advice of smartcompany.com.au, and follow Rupert’s footsteps:
But you don’t have to be on Twitter every five minutes to make a big impression. One tweet a day – as simple as a link to an article you read or a thought from a conversation or meeting you had – can get the ball rolling.
So why not take a leaf out of Rupert Murdoch’s book and get the ball rolling on Twitter this year? But before you do, take a few tips from one of our tech gurus, Paul Wallbank. He’s written a great blog today which has three tips for Rupert Murdoch, which can be summarised as:
Shut up and listen.
It’s about community.
What’s your objective?
Somehow, I suspect the writer of that article had not yet come across Rupert’s deleted tweet.