Photo: Christopher Dean Hopkins
There are many horror stories of employees airing personal opinions on their employer’s public social media accounts. There are executives publicly tweeting about private acquisitions and companies with social media handles that are live-tweeting mass firings. No employer is immune, not even those at the highest levels of power. A Justice Department staffer in charge of the government agency’s official Twitter handle once posted a tweet calling out CNN for being the “biggest troll of them all lmao.” The U.S. government then had to issue a press statement that the tweet was intended for a personal account and that the staffer had had their access revoked.
A recent story, however, ends happily: On Monday, NPR editor Christopher Dean Hopkins accidentally used NPR’s Facebook account to tell the media organization’s audience about his baby Ramona’s adventures.
The NPR errant Ramona Facebook post is the only good thing in the world right now pic.twitter.com/QchgLVqChO
— Ellen Stark (@ellenstark) October 3, 2017
Hopkins quickly issued an apology, but by then the people were clamoring for more. Baby Ramona became #Ramona.
— Houston Zoo (@houstonzoo) October 3, 2017
There was even a Change.org petition with more than 800 signatures to give the NPR staffer in charge of this moment of errant serendipity a raise. NPR later clarified in a story of their own that Ramona was in fact a baby, not a cat, as some had assumed.
#Ramona is a reminder for employees to always, always double-check what which social media account you’re using before posting.
You may not have the good fortune, as Hopkins had, to share a heartwarming story about a baby who loves cats.