Top 12 Social Media Blunders of 2011

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Anthony Weiner’s, well…

It took former Congressman Anthony Weiner (@RepWeiner) less than a month to go from claiming a lewd photo of him on Twitter was a result of a hack to resigning from his post. The New York lawmaker caused quite a scene with half-naked photos emerging online and several women coming forward to talk about inappropriate contact with the married man. President Obama even came forward in an interview admitting that if he was Weiner, he’d resign.

Lesson: If it’s private enough that you wouldn’t want it blasted over Twitter, then skip an attempt at a direct message and make a call instead. Or keep the thought—or image—to yourself. Bottom line: Leave your privates…private.