Twitter Etiquette: There’s No Medal for Stupidity

Greek Athlete Voula Papachristou_Social Media EtiquetteVoula Papachris­tou, a Greek triple jumper, has been expelled from the 2012 Olympic Games because of a racist joke she posted on Twit­ter, as well as express­ing sup­port for a far-right polit­i­cal party.

She tweeted “‘With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mo

squi­toes will eat home made food!”  The Hel­lenic Olympic Com­mit­tee also banned all Greek ath­letes from using social media for per­sonal opin­ions not related to the Olympics and their competitions.

The Greek triple jumper, Voula, has apol­o­gized for her insen­si­tive tweet.  She also apol­o­gized to her fam­ily and her coach.  Unfor­tu­nately, the deci­sion to not let her par­tic­i­pate in the Olympic Games is irre­versible and her dream of bring­ing home the gold is over at least for this olympic season.

Don’t let your dreams slip away because of a com­ment, tweet, or video that you put on the World Wide Web for every­one to see. 

What goes on the Inter­net STAYS there…FOREVER!