Those that know me a little bit know that I’m stumbling into the world of social media, trying not to trip over my shoelaces. There are a few reasons why. Two obvious ones are not quite getting some of it (I am a bit of an old fogie, after all) and a small fear that I might say something I will truly regret that ends up plastered all over the internet. Now, I speak my mind on a regular basis but for the most part I’m solely responsible for my actions so I’m the only one looking dumb.
I was somewhere between chuckling and shaking my head when I read this View From the Wing post just now.
The short version is that another Boarding Area blogger, One Mile at a Time, started a Kickstarter project to see if folks would fund a trip for him to fly in one of the new Etihad residences, essentially your own apartment on a plane.
I like Ben. He may be a bit more nuts than I am, but if I didn’t have a wife and kids at home I’d have fun doing 90% of his travel.
But, that’s not the point. The point is the American Airlines PR person who decided to condemn Lucky’s Kickstarter project. From Gary’s post:
As Gary points out, American Airlines and Etihad are partners. Etihad getting $20,000 for a ticket is a good thing, but not according to Leslie Scott. That being said, I really think her next tweet is the icing on the cake (and easily the most ignorant):
I run companies for a living, and advise companies that we invest in the proper ways to manage a business. I’m not perfect. But, I also know that your personal life can and does have an impact on your professional life if you choose to make it public. Ms. Scott has over 1500 followers on Twitter. She’s a spokesperson for a large, publicly held company. Saying you’re a professional who knows how to separate personal from professional doesn’t make it so in the eyes of the world, especially on social media.
Like it or not, her personal actions have an impact on how her company is viewed.
And today, I’m guessing her actions are not a positive for her employer (or her).