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OMG STBY: Students recollect most embarrassing social media moments

OMG STBY: Students recollect most embarrassing social media moments

By: Daily Campus Staff

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Oops! It’s happened to all of us: that feeling you get after you hit “send” and realize you shouldn’t have. There’s no turning back. SMU Live reporters went in search of social media snafus and found plenty.

Many of these moments involve cases of mistaken identity. Ever send a text to your dad instead of your boyfriend? Ever get caught Facebook-stalking a crush? How about mixing up your professional and personal Twitter accounts?

Read on for some of SMU students’ most embarrassing social media moments.

Junior political science and communications major Laura Sullivan recalled her most embarrassing social media faux pas before class one day.

“Oh my gosh. It was terrible,” she said.

Sullivan mixed up her professional Twitter account with her personal account. She unknowingly tweeted an explicit confession about celebrity heartthrob Ryan Gosling on her professional account. Her boss follows her professional account.

“I got reprimanded at work that day,” she said.

Annabel Massey, a senior advertising major, shared a humiliating personal story about sending photographic texts. Massey recalled how she once noticed a picture of a friend not looking her best online.

With no bad intentions, Massey found the picture funny so she sent it to another friend. Instead of sending the picture to the other friend, she sent it to the girl in the actual picture.

“It was so awkward,” Massey said. She now double checks before clicking send.

Senior dance major Hattie Haggard learned how easy it is to mistakenly tap the wrong name on the popular picture-sending app Snapchat. Haggard kissed a boy she’d had a crush on for a long time so she decided to snapchat her best friend about it. However, in her excitement, she accidentally hit his name instead.

“Now he is my boyfriend so things worked out I guess,” Haggard laughed.

Social media mistakes aren’t any less embarrassing for senior Marin Powell, a sports management major approaching graduation, learned. Powell meant to text a coworker at the rec center about another coworker’s date invite but instead she messaged the suitor this message: “this has got to be the most supremely awkward moment of my life.” She still cringes at the thought.


Before going on a first date, first-year advertising major Camryn La Sala made the worst mistake possible. While hanging out in her pajamas in her Mary Hay dorm room, she was sipping on her Starbucks iced coffee and creeping her Saturday night date’s Facebook. Not thinking, La Sala “liked” one of his shirtless profile pictures from five years ago.

“Safe to say he thought I was crazy and the date went horribly,” she said.

Stalking your date isn’t the worst thing that you can do on social media though. Senior economics major Ashton Chmielewski made the mistake of taking a screenshot of a message during Cheer practice and accidentally sending it to the girl she was making fun of.

“It was really embarrassing when she questioned me about it because I had no idea how to fix the situation,” she said.

Safe to say the girls are no longer friends.

Senior accounting major Sarah Cocke had her Facebook page open while studying with friends. She left her computer open during a study break and returned to find one of her friends had hacked her Facebook, making F*** for all to see.

“All my relatives called my mom to ask if I was okay and why I was saying that online,” Cocke said.

Cocke learned a valuable lesson- never leave your Facebook open around friends.

Let’s be honest, we all send screenshots of conversations to our friends poking fun at texts we’ve received. However, making sure you’re sending it to the right person is always something to double check.

“I accidently sent a screenshot to a girl of our conversation, so she knew I was talking about her to someone else,” sophomore Emma Wesel said.

Safe to say those girls aren’t as close anymore.

Autocorrect can be both a blessing and a curse. One junior marketing major, who was so embarrassed by her mishap that she did not want to be named, meant to text her mom that she was shopping at the Container Store.

“It autocorrected to ‘Condom Store,’” she said. “She called me immediately.”

Social media users can look through all of someone’s past posts as long as the posts were not deleted. First-year Lauren Heiser was looking at a guy’s previous photos on Instagram when her thumb slipped and she could no longer peruse his profile in secret. The guy instantly received a notification showing that she was looking at his photos.

“I accidentally liked one of his pictures from, like, over a year ago,” Heiser said.

Michelle Navarre, a graduate student, said her most embarrassing social media moment came after an argument with a friend named Hannah. She was angry enough to text another friend, “I hate Hannah,” but accidentally, sent the message to Hannah directly.

“She thought I was trying to get her to apologize, so it actually ended our fight,” Navarre said. However, she still gets uncomfortable just thinking about the situation.

When set up on a blind date, senior Megan Mochel, 21, tried “Facebook- stalking” her date before he sat down at the table. In the middle of the dinner, when things were looking up, her date suggested they should friend each other on Facebook. He took her phone, typed in his name, and saw that his profile was the last viewed.

“I was caught,” Mochel said. “And humiliated.”

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Courtney Stensland, a junior at the University of Oklahoma, was recently in town to spend time with a few of her friends from SMU. She told them that she learned a helpful trick to keep her passwords on her phone and her computer in case she forgets them. One night however, her friends thought it’d be funny to hack into her Instagram and post her name and number on some OU football players’ Instagram accounts. They also included messages like, “you’re hot” “lets date” “call me”.

“One of them actually texted me the next day and asked me about it and I had to explain that it wasn’t me,” she said. “It was so embarrassing.”

Marissa Moyer, a junior advertising major, certainly learned a Twitter lesson in high school after a particularly embarrassing moment.

Moyer did not want to make it obvious that she was looking at a male classmate’s Twitter account, so she went to his brother’s Twitter and accidentally added him.

In retrospect, Moyer advises folks to keep the stalking to one person and be careful of where you place your thumb on your smart phone.

“Shoot me in the face! I tried to play it off, but I was caught and it was horribly embarrassing,” Moyer said. “He stopped talking to me after that.”

Even though Michele Keye’s boyfriend was coming to visit in two days, he decided to take a risk and go out with a long time admirer a night before he was to arrive.

When the senior communications major got home, she felt guilty about the date. She decided to text the admirer and tell him not to mention the date to anyone else. Instead of sending her text to the admirer she accidentally sent it to her boyfriend instead.

“My heart lurched into my stomach, and I felt helpless,” Keye said.​

Ivonne Uscang, a barista at Café 100 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, had been to a party with her boyfriend and some of his friends. They had a great time drinking and hanging out.

After the party, Uscang decided to text her boyfriend to tell him so. Unfortunately, the text that was meant for her boyfriend was sent to her dad instead.

He later responded with, “’Okay. Next time you go out,’” Uscang said. “I’m not going to let you go out with him.’”


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