We can use real-life social media blunders in our fiction. I've listed a few ideas below. We've seen the consequences of some of these blunders play out on national news, and I've heard of these happening at local schools.
Feel free to use what you want!
- Snarky cat fight or relationship squabble in a public forum. Everyone sees it & knows their business.
- Character posts on Facebook or Twitter that they're home alone. Danger comes knocking.
- Character is unknowingly being videotaped in a compromising position. That video is posted online. It goes viral.
- Character sends a personal text to someone which is then forwarded to a wide audience.
- Character posts something inappropriate, like a comment or photo, which is then seen by their dream date, college, or job. Dream date, job, or college then dumps the character.
- Character sends a text, email, or direct message meant for one person, but it's received by another. Think of the one person who should not read this message.
- Character has an intimate text conversation with someone, only to realize the person on the other end was a group of friends playing a prank. Character is the laughingstock at school.
- A Facebook post, a tweet or an email falsely incriminates the character in a crime.
- The character connects with a stranger online, then meets with him alone in person. Online person is a creeper. Or her father. Or her chemistry teacher. Or her boyfriend.
- Character posts a photo or video of someone committing crime/doing drugs. Thugs want revenge.
- Character sends naked picture of herself on Twitter or via text, and it goes viral.
Social media blunders have broken up marriages, brought down powerful leaders, and caused suicides. They've resulted in embarrassing ripples at school, and rocked entire communities.
Unless you write historical fiction, versions these blunders can be used as inciting incidents, subplots, and major plot points. Our characters can be forced to learn what we've learned: have fun, but beware.
Have you ever used a social media blunder in your fiction? Do you recognize any of these from your own community, or from the national news? Are there any you'd like to add to the list? Please share!