4 November 2011 |

Tamar’s Friday #FailureToLaunch #7 – Kardashians, Robbers & Guy Fawkes, Oh My!

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries

Well, here we are again on a Friday afternoon, looking back at the major fails of the week and we’ve got some humdingers for you this week!

Kris Humphries couldn’t keep up with the Kardashians!

Those Krazy Kardashians are at it again, this time with the untimely end of Kim’s 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries, conveniently announced just before her handbag line launch, the opening of Kardashian Khaos in Las Vegas and the premier of her new series Kim & Kourtney Take New York. Honestly, is anyone surprised? I know I’m not. Concerned fans took to Twitter & Facebook to give their support to the Kardashian family while others have unloaded their opinions and judgement on the situation throughout the social media space, including the Boykott the Kardashians Facebook page which is good for a few laughs!

Our favourite little tidbit to take away from this whole situation is the hashtag #thingslongerthankimsmarriage which tweeters used to bring the funny to the Twitterverse all week!

Who Knew One Tweet Could Be So Expensive?

Speaking of #thingslongerthankimsmarriage, the National Basketball Association, or NBA as it’s known in the USA is currently enduring a lengthy lockout. It all started on 1 July 2011 and currently, all pre-season games and the first 4 weeks of the 2011-2012 season have been cancelled through 30 November 2011. Until the NBA Players Association reaches a deal with NBA owners, there’s no trading, no contact and supposedly no tweeting… Unfortunately it appears that Micky Arison, the billionaire owner of NBA team the Miami Heat, didn’t quite understand or maybe he just didn’t care. Having tweeted a few times about the lockout after being instructed by the NBA not to make any comments about the situation, he was fined $500,000! Epic fail!

Don’t shoot the platform when it’s the messenger’s fault!

If anyone ever asks you questions about your business finances or what you’re working on via Twitter or Facebook, perhaps you should think twice about how you answer the questions. Forbes Magazine’s article The Spy Who Liked Me has shined a light on several situations where businesses were targeted by cyber spies on popular social media platforms. To us, it seems like common sense that if a hot blonde befriends you out of the blue on Facebook and immediately starts asking you what your company is worth, it’s a bad idea to tell her. Fail! And just because you’re excited to immerse yourself in social media, doesn’t mean you should tell peers who work for competitors everything about every task you’re doing at the office on Twitter. Yet another fail… We expect people to start banning Facebook and Twitter if they haven’t already and to that we say, don’t shoot the platform when it’s the messenger’s fault!

Who said thieves were anti-social?

A recent article on Mashable exposed that when 50 ex-burglars were surveyed, 80% of them said they’d used Facebook, Twitter & Foursquare to target properties. Another 73% of them admitted to using Google street view to check out the neighbourhoods before burgling them. We’re guessing that the answer to this dilemma is to move to a bad neighbourhood and take precautions in the digital space that are similar to the old tricks we’ve used before to divert robbers like leaving on all the lights and the television on before we leave the house, like fake tweeting about being home or checking in before going out.

In the meantime, here’s a little infographic we found to help you secure your digital safety!

Remember, remember the 5th of November, because you might not be able to rely on Facebook for photos on Monday!

It’s suspected that the hacker group Anonymous has plans to attack Facebook, this time around Guy Fawkes Day. Whether they attack Facebook and fail or attack it and succeed, an epic fail is bound to result out of it for someone!

We hope you all have a happy and safe Guy Fawkes weekend!

Tamar Staff Member

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