Top celeb Twitter mishaps

Just as speculation surrounded Wayne Gretzky’s 22-year-old daughter Paulina’s decision to close her popular Twitter account, she reactivated it.

One of her last tweets before she deleted the account noted she was having dinner with her dad to discuss social media, causing some to speculate that her father was less than pleased with the slightly racy photos posted by the aspiring musician, model and actress.

Recently, when Coed Magazine posted 77 of her sexiest twitpics — and also posted a gallery of the photos — her reputation as someone to follow on Twitter took off.

Was it all just a big publicity stunt? Just days later after gaining coverage on almost every major news outlet, she is back on Twitter, tweeting “Hi, everyone I’m back! But shhh don’t tell my dad.” With her career dreams still far from reach, this put her face in front of many who had never previously heard of her.

She’s not the only one to cause a stir on the social network.

Recently Ashton Kutcher found himself in hot water when he tweeted about the firing of Penn State coach Joe Paterno, making a comment that it must have been an act of ageism. He was flooded with comments of shock and disgust, and quickly apologized and followed up that he hadn’t fully understood what had happened before he sent out the tweet.

The backlash was so strong that his PR team advised he let them take over the posting of his tweets.

Another recent scandal involved former U.S Congressman Anthony Weiner when he sent an x-rated photo of himself to a 21-year-old follower over the social network. After first claiming his account had been hacked, he eventually admitted to sending it, not realizing it would be public for all to see.

John McCain’s daughter also found herself in the hot seat after tweeting a seemingly innocent picture of herself holding an Andy Warhol book — but her prominent cleavage in the photo made for some conservative outrage. Megan McCain was heavily criticized for the tweet and threatened to delete her account because of the harassment. Eventually she apologized to anyone who was offended.

Fashion designer Kenneth Cole outraged followers when he tweeted “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online at – KC.” People were in shock that he would use such a devastating political event to promote his clothing, and he quickly issued an apology.

When Sarah Palin favourited this tweet from far right leaning conservative pundit Ann Coulter, “The blood of Jesus against Obama history made 4 Nov 2008 a Taliban Muslim illegally elected president USA:Hussein” many people were furious. The tweet was swiftly removed from her account and she denied favoriting it on purpose, claiming it was an accident.

There are many ways to use Twitter to promote one’s work, but the public nature of the tool can also be risky. Many people take to the network to casually share thoughts as they would on Facebook with their close friends, but Twitter is not Facebook and is available for anyone to read at any time unless you choose to make your tweets private and therefore only available to your followers.

The bottom line: Be mindful before you hit that send button.