Congressman Posts Photo of Himself in a Tiger Suit – Typical Outrage Follows

We’ve said before and we’ll say it again. Never put anything in an email or post anything online you don’t want the whole world to see.

In a breaking story, seven-term Oregon Congressman David Wu is being questioned about his mental stability by loyal constituents and Republicans alike (he’s a Democrat) over a number of complaints and quirks, including this photo of himself dressed as a tiger.

Of course, we all dress up at home as our favorite animals. But taking pictures of this activity and sending it to supposed friends via email (or, better yet – posting it on Facebook)…well, not cool, cat.

Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Willamette Week, but also Rep. David Wu.

Facebook Adds Domestic Partner and Civil Unions as Relationship Status Choices

This post originally appeared on OpenSalon.com.

It took Facebook awhile, but this week the behemoth of social networking sites tiptoed into the legal minefield of restrictions, bans and government-imposed definitions that gay and lesbian couples have been assigned to describe our relationships and added “Civil Unions” and “Domestic Partnerships” to the mix of Single, Married, Divorced and It’s Complicated.

Facebook, with a population of 500 million (making it the world’s third largest country, so to speak) says that these additions are in response to demands from slightly smaller countries like the U.S., France, the U.K. and Canada. Apparently it will not be a choice offered in so-called “less tolerant” places like Saudi Arabia. No reports yet on if some of our favorite U.S. states that talk about seceding and printing their own money will be leaving the Facebook Nation over another small step for the “gay agenda”, but for the most part the announcement that one can now clearly proclaim a more accurate relationship status has been treated as a non-event on both sides of the fence. (Read more at OpenSalon.com)

Kenneth Cole’s Tongue in Chic Twitter Backfire

Weighing in on the bad taste bandwagon, we’re reprinting the tweet heard ’round the Twitterverse by designer Kenneth Cole. Cole took advantage of our favorite self-promotional social media tool earlier this week as the unrest in Egypt rose to riot stage and did the unthinkable (to the social media police). He pitched his product.

Yes, it was tongue firmly planted in chic. And it unfortunately crossed the line that separates it’s okay to be silly, irreverent, a bit politically incorrect and semi-ironic (only works half the time with 140 characters) probably because a) he’s a big shot and b) what’s happening in Egypt just isn’t funny.

For instance, if some kid designing belts in his bedroom made the same post probably only his 93 followers would have seen it.

And, if the government overthrow was happening in some third-rate banana republic, where a karaoke singing dictator and his glitzy consort had embezzled billions to maintain their lifestyle while the rest of the citizens had been subsisting on guppies – well, it depends on your sense of humor, but that’s funnier than Egypt.

Twitter is an amazing window into the world when news is breaking. In its short lifespan we have gotten second-by-second breakdowns of natural disasters and political uprisings. We’ve been kept up to speed on the careers of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber (not to mention the multitude of D-Listers and celebrity impersonators like Maybe Charlie Sheen). We’ve been invited to play along with trending topics (#yourmomma) or the seemingly forgotten (#followfridays) and to contribute to the newsfeed (like Kenneth Cole did with #Cairo — oops). We’ve been pitched new products and invited to sneak previews and been privy to some incredibly personal (and often pretty boring) activities of people we have never met.

Twitter is a random crapshoot that you can only tweak so much into a serious and reliable form of “newstainment” based on who you follow (and who they follow and so on). Those of us who advise people on how to use social media tend to use the standard, “Don’t post anything you don’t want the whole world to see.” It’s become a pretty hard and fast “rule”, one that even a middle school student can grasp. And yet it’s amazing how much people do want us to see. Kenneth Cole proved nothing this week other than he is a shameless self-promoter. But you knew that already, didn’t you?