Facebook: Virgin Atlantic firing staff

Staff will talk:

Last week Virgin got a lot of publicity for firing ‘13 flight attendants for criticising the airline’s flight safety standards and describing its passengers as “chavs” on a social networking website’. (ZDNET)

Virgin on Facebook, BA on Facebook (apparently BA Customers are smelly and annoying), pilots on their forum – talking about who they have ferried around in their planes:

Who are your nicest Celebs?
“I have …

Cilla Black – she should be shot – quite possibly one of the most unpleasant individuals I have ever come across.”

Thank goodness it’s only the airline industry that is going to suffer from this. Not.

Soooo – how are your company’s internal Social Media Policies and Guidelines (try this post), training and workshops coming along? *insert Ad for uber-Laurel 1/2 day workshops* Christmas is going to be mayhem this year – all that time, all those social networks, what will your staff give you for Christmas? Heh.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

5 thoughts on “Facebook: Virgin Atlantic firing staff

  1. I am frequently amazed at how often people online are a little too honest about interactions they have in the real world. I mean by their very nature, most of this stuff is public and available to most people (including those being discussed and referenced).

    I mean who knows… maybe that reporter intended to call you back but saw your tweet and decided against it. =P

  2. Like John I am also amazed at what people put on the internet.Next thing they know thier youtube video or myspace is on CNN. 🙂

  3. How little we value honesty in our dealings with other humans…

    Not sure I understand the comment about the reporter – I am much harsher on my blog (than on Twitter) about the negativity of the Press and usually turn down interviews. In all likelihood – as she wanted to talk about social networks going bust – I would’ve turned her down as well. But disconnecting midsentence didn’t give me much of a chance to change my mind 🙂 Anyway, the journos ignore the CC licence and print my blog posts anyway *sighs* .. and as faux interviews!

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