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Three Common Twitter Goofs, And How To Recover From Them

Everyone does it.

You misspell a word and press “Send” too quickly; you’re a social media manager for a brand and you tweet something personal to the company’s thousands of followers; you send a tweet that was meant to be a DM.

It happens, and it’s not the end of the world. But it’s always smart to keep apprised of the potential Twitter traps to avoid, and prepare a game plan for when you do mess up.

Here are three common Twitter goofs. Before you panic, we’ll also help you out with a few damage control tactics.

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AP Updates Its Stance Towards Twitter For The Third Time This Year

It must be tough to be in the traditional journalism field. Us tech bloggers have cut our teeth on social media, making mistakes and learning the ropes as we grew. But traditional journalists have had it tougher when it comes to social: they have big brother Associated Press telling them what to tweet and what not to tweet.

It’s all in the name of journalistic integrity, of course, but it must be tough for journalists to keep up with the policy changes over at the AP. Today’s change to their social media guidelines marks the third in the past year.
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Microsoft Apologizes For Trying To Cash In On Amy Winehouse On Twitter

Microsoft’s UK PR team made a huge Twitter (and just plain common sense) misstep earlier today when they tried to direct grieving Amy Winehouse fans to purchase her album on Zune. Read on for details about this Twitter fumble.
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Learn A Lesson From Weiner: Get To Know The Difference Between DMs And Replies… Fast

Wow… I don’t know of many other scandals that could have been prevented with a simple one-character change on a text message, but that’s exactly how Anthony Weiner got caught with his pants down (sorry, that’s my freebie, I’ll keep it above the belt from now on). The embattled representative accidentally shared a picture of his nether-regions on Twitter for all the world to see, and all because he didn’t understand the difference between a DM and a mention or reply.
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What to do (and what not to do) if you Regret a Tweet

Sure, there’s a delete button on your keyboard. But just like in real-life, you can’t really erase an embarrassing tweet on Twitter. Of course, you can technically do this, but once you hit “Tweet”, it’s out there, and it’s sure hard to get people to un-read it.
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