Jane Binnion column

Jane Binnion.
Jane Binnion.

You may well be aware that on most of the social network sites there is a facility to send private messages to individuals that you are connected to if you want to share something with them that isn’t for everyone else’s eyes.

That can cause some initial anxiety for people when they want to privately share something important in terms of making sure you do it properly, as it can lead to some pretty embarrassing mistakes.

Certainly when I was new to social media I was very nervous about it and would always double check and re-check each time to ensure I was doing it properly.

A few moons ago there was an enormously entertaining story about former New York congressman Anthony Weiner who accidentally tweeted a picture of the lower part of his anatomy in his grey boxer shorts.

After initially claiming that his account had been hacked, he then admitted he’d meant to send the image as a direct message.

But the really wonderful story of the week, which will make us all feel a bit better about our mistakes, is from Twitter’s own chief financial officer Anthony Noto.

Mr Noto meant to send a colleague a private message about buying another company, but the world got to see this – “I think we should buy them.

“He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 - we will need to sell him. i have a plan.”

Yes he did use a lower case i.

He deleted the tweet pretty quickly but there has of course been lots of speculation as to which company they’re after.

Rather brazenly, Weiner, the sexting ex-congressman tweeted that “It’ll blow over” which surely makes it worse.

We haven’t heard what Twitter have done to Noto yet, but I’m hoping they will send him on one of my workshops.

So just a warning to any of you that like to share pictures of yourself in your Y fronts, or are planning a buy-out, please do check carefully that you’re using direct messaging before you hit send.

Stay safe on line and have a great week.