Talk about oversharing.
CEO Michael Dell of computer company Dell Inc. spends nearly $2.7 million a year on security for his family, according to the company's regulatory filings. But his daughter Alexa Dell seems to be undoing the work of bodyguards and protective services… by tweeting.
Bloomberg Businessweek reported 18-year-old Alexa posted a photo of her younger brother Zachary Dell on Instagram, sitting on the family jet and "devouring a Ritz-worthy buffet on his way to Fiji." He's shown sitting next to a plane window with headphones on and a computer open in front of a massive fruit plate and an assortment of cheeses, vegetables and jam.
Her picture was then picked up by the now infamous Tumblr called "Rich Kids of Instagram," which shows the 1 percents' children at play. The blog's tongue-in-cheek tagline reads, "They have more money than you and this is what they do."
But what is concerning about Zachary's buffet is Alexa's need to share her every move, most likely not realizing the danger of instantaneous updates. Her Twitter account (which disappeared from the internet last Friday) detailed the family's activities, including when they arrived in different cities and where they shopped or dined, per the Daily Mail.
Director of operations Jason Thorsett of bodyguard company Custom Protective Services believes Michael Dell's security team alerted the billionaire to his children's social media habits. “I’m sure they called the dad and shut it down,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek. “It’s innocent on the kids’ behalf, but social networking has become the bane of our existence. They undo a lot of hard work on Facebook and Twitter.”
Unfortunately for Alexa, while many people (adults included) overshare on social networking sites, her privileged status may put her in more danger than the average texting, tweeting teen. According to Forbes, her father's net worth is a weighty $15.9 billion, which might make kidnapping a concern for Alexa and her siblings.
A recent Pew study suggests that daily usage of Twitter has nearly doubled over the last year for Alexa's age group, meaning constant daily updates are becoming more typical in America. These data also show Alexa certainly isn't alone in her need to (over)share with the Twittersphere.
Do you believe your social media messages affect your safety, and do you think twice before posting your location? Let us know your thoughts about the Dell's Twitter drama, or tell us about your own oversharing experiences in the comments section. Then check out the slideshow (below), featuring 15 things we never want to see tweeted again.
Pictures Of Your Debit Cards
Stop with these photos! Seeing your account number and name is too much information to willingly give away. To curb this recent trend, <a href="https://twitter.com/NeedADebitCard" target="_hplink">@NeedADebitCard </a>has started calling people out on Twitter who pose with their plastic.
Too Many Hashtags
#One or #two #hashtags is #enough, #people. Also is #FF an outdated fad yet? #Itshouldbe #Imsoironic. Oh and #PS Don't you love #ridiculouslylonghashtags?
Requests For Retweets
There is a certain desperateness if all of your tweets scream "Plz RT!" or "RT if you love this!" We probably won't do as we're told.
Your Own Twitter Handle
That's like talking about yourself in third person. (And you probably shouldn't do that either.)
Ah, the humblebrag: "People keep telling me I look great today, but I'm so fat!" "This picture of me is horrible, but thanks for all the compliments!" The only boasts we like are those aggregated by <a href="https://twitter.com/Humblebrag/" target="_hplink">@humblebrag</a> -- and that's because all of your subtle swagger is being mocked.
We know you go out with your friends on Friday night. And that's totally fine -- but maybe when you puke in the back of a taxi at 4am, you should keep those tweets to yourself? Or maybe not... We kind of like reminding you to delete them the next day.
Your Klout Score
So you're influential about the topic of "coffee?" Wow. Your klout might <em>actually</em> be worth a #humblebrag.
Rapid-Fire Instagram Pics All Day
We love Instagram. But, alas, there can be too much of a good thing. It's bothersome when you tweet 17 pictures of your dog or your baby a day. And might that also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/instagram-tips_n_1557614.html" target="_hplink">annoy your Instagram followers?</a> For a fun little Insta-mocking Twitter account, check out <a href="https://twitter.com/textigram" target="_hplink">@textigram</a>, which tweets what your photos would be if they were described via text. "Latte with heart shape in foam" and "Wing of airplane, hashtagged #flying" are some recognizable examples.
'Good Morning' Tweets
Imagine if we all tweeted "good morning" or "good night" with no updates, anecdotes, or witticisms. The Twittersphere would be a pretty boring place. Don't put us back to sleep in the a.m.; resist the early morning greeting to no one in particular.
Food Pics At Every Meal
Especially if they are photos of the fast food variety. We can only see but so many Dorito tacos and Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers.
Every Place You Check Into On Foursquare
We don't want to see an automated message about your trip to Dunkin' Donuts every morning.
Tweets About You Working Hard
It makes us feel lazy, especially on a Tuesday night when we're out at dinner.
Passive Agressive Tweets
These tweets are awkward, angsty, and remind us of MySpace circa 2004. Just take a punch, why don't ya?
There's a reason why some of us don't follow Kim Kardashian or Katy Perry on Twitter. Kindly keep the latest gossip on your own newsfeed.
Tweets About How Many Followers You Have
You win some; you lose some. Either way, we don't really care about your follower count just like you probably don't care about ours.