Word of Advice to Mayoral Candidates: Do Not Hire Staffers Like "Hyman Doodlesack"

If the FDNY social media guidelines enforced a few weeks ago taught us anything, it's that conducting yourself on the Internet as a government official or affiliate is not really that hard. Just keep the nudity and racism at bay. That's pretty much it.

Well, one of Bill de Blasio's staffers on his mayoral campaign never read those guidelines. Anthony "Tony" Baker, under the Twitter pseudonym "Hyman Doodlesack," resigned this week after being exposed by the New York Post for tweeting some pretty ridiculous sentiments.

Here's one for the record books: "In BKB Park today taking in the Sun (GOD) + signing copies of my new book, Was Columbus a Homo or Was He Just a Jew? NOW in KINDLE #pride." And here's another: "@BilldeBlasio Boy I love that f--king Dude, Bill de Blasio, and I can't wait for him to kick Speaker Quinn's bony ass in '13. #winning."

Obviously, the candidate was a little pissed to find this out.

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We Should Be Thankful for the New FDNY Social Media Guidelines

Last week, fellow Voice scribe Nick Greene gave us the lowdown on social media informalities for Facebook. Can you post pictures of your vacation? No, please don't. How about your political views? Stop, nobody cares. And what about a job promotion? Ugh. You get the picture.

These standards of Internet presence are raised for governmental officials (see: Anthony Weiner). Municipal figures are held to a much higher regard in our social community; therefore, their opinions are taken more seriously in the public eye. And you represent our collective body politic, so you better act like it online.

Last month, the EMT son of FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano was caught by the New York Post tweetin' up a racist storm. He jeered at minority groups from his computer/phone keyboard, not keeping in mind that, hey, his dad is the head of the FDNY. Also, it was later found that other EMTs were posting pictures of (and then berating) their patients online.

Enter the FDNY's social media guidelines announced this weekend, in which the department advises its workers to have some decency (read: no racism allowed) online.

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Instagram Photos That I Have No Problem Giving Away To Corporate America

As you may have heard on the Internet by now, people are very angry about the newly revised Instagram rules of conduct, in which the photo-sharing service announced it will begin to sell away your sepia-toned photography to companies without paying or attributing you. People voiced their frustration on Facebook (a company that sells your information to corporate interests by the terrabytes), people voiced their frustration on Twitter (rinse and repeat like Facebook) and people overall were very up in arms about having to be unpaid interns for Instagram. 

Grab your smartphones... er, pitchforks!

We should be accustomed to this sort of online behavior; we've already sold away our identities to Big Information the minute we first heard the phrase 'social media.' At this point, we must embrace it so, as an Instagram user, I met the clarion capitalist call with joy. Finally, a damn fine portion of the 7 million photos we upload daily would be put to some sort of good use. It may not help us at all but... (shrugs). 

Here's a list of Instagram photos that I have absolutely no problem with giving away to Corporate America.

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"Krills," "Yams," and "Grizz": Decoding NYC Gangsters' Facebook Faux-Pas


In October, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly publicly announced that he was doubling the size of the Department's Anti-Gang Unit and would be stepping up efforts to bust gangsters using social media websites like Facebook and Twitter -- where gangsters have recently taken their turf wars.

New York City's gangsters must not read the papers -- 10 more alleged thugs got popped recently, much thanks to their social media stupidity.

According to the NYPD, 10 leaders of the "violent, drug dealing" street gang "WTG" were indicted yesterday on six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, assault, weapons possession and sales, and narcotics possession, as well as 35 related substantive counts.

Many of those indictments were aided by law enforcement's ability to crack the gangsters' social media codes.

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