Everything to Lose on Twitter, Especially Your Job

CNN had to fire senior editor for Middle Eastern Affairs Octavia Nasr after she wrote on Twitter that she respected a late Shiite cleric. She meant to say that she respected the Grand Ayatollah’s progressive stance on women’s rights, but that didn’t come across.

David Carr tweeted about the news this morning.

as a journo who tweets, gotta say this trend toward career-ending posts is a might disturbing … #NeverSayWhatYouMean

It’s terrifying! You’re supposed to tweet for your job — Ms. Nasr was praised by CNN for integrating social media into her newsgathering— but it’s all over when you don’t fully explain yourself in 140-character microthoughts. Note to selves: Twitter is for sharing links, not opinions.