Subject of Twitter drama says her story has been distorted by bloggers
Published Monday, March 23, 2009 1:46PM EDT
A California woman is one of the most recent Twitter users to learn that posts written on the booming micro-blogging site have a much wider audience than they are sometimes intended for.
Connor Riley, known as "theconner" on Twitter, tweeted about her indecision at taking an internship she had been offered at tech firm Cisco last Tuesday.
"Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work."
The Globe and Mail reported Monday that the University of California at Berkeley masters student was contacted by someone at the company shortly after making the post. Her job offer was revoked soon after that, the Globe reported.
However, Riley says she declined the job before posting the comment on Twitter, saying her story has been distorted by bloggers and the media.
"The 'job' I 'lost' was merely a summer internship I declined before I even tweeted about it," she told CP24.com in an email. "Any information you have pulled from other sources has largely been made up by bloggers."
Despite conflicting reports, Riley's story has quickly become a cautionary tale for other Twitter users, and her Twitter feed has been bombarded by visitors trying to gawk at the notorious post.
She has since blocked access to her feed and posted an explanation of her actions on her own website, www.theconnor.net.
She says all of her Twitter followers are her friends, and she was posting with the expectation that they would be the only people to care about her posts.
"Let me tell you about how I use Twitter: I have 45 friends. I know all of them. They know me. 95% of them have lived in a dorm or a house with me. I practically can't offend them, although sometimes I try."
Riley says she believes the story has received so much play in the press because many people are still new to Twitter and looking for insight into the implications of using the service.
"There are growing tensions around Twitter specifically; it's too public, it's too easy to use, it's useless. It's everyone talking about nothing to no one," she writes.
"People are tense because no one really knows what it means to tweet yet, what ripples Twitter will leave in our lives in the long term."