How not to use social media

If something is posted online, it is often impossible to remove all traces of it. Somebody (usually Google) will have a cached copy that can be found.

Gillian McKeith has been having a dispute with Dr Ben Goldacre on twitter, which has taken a bizarre turn. Apparently, whoever runs the @gillianmckeith twitter account, previously portrayed as her official twitter presence, is now implying it’s not genuine, and has deleted all the posts. Odd, then, that it used to be linked from her official website. Which of course is cached, as are the deleted tweets.

Whoever removed the link from her website didn’t do a particularly thorough job, though – they just commented out the code, rather than removing it, which means it can be seen in any web browser by using the ‘view source’ option. Oops.


Excellently written up with plenty of screengrabs – Gillian McKeith vs. Ben Goldacre – David Naylor

The Guardian have a great headline – Gillian McKeith: You are what you tweet

And with another good headline –  Pseudoscience’s “Awful Poo Lady” can’t flush twitterings – Boing Boing