BuzzFeed Tweets Link to "Possible Plane Crash Streaming Live"... While Plane is Still in Air

Another company whose success depends on going viral might have made a major misstep in their social media strategy: BuzzFeed.

As the nation watched an emergency plane landing commence in St. Louis (with the fate of the pilot and anyone else onboard hanging in the balance), one of the most high-pressure situations imaginable, someone at the BuzzFeed social media desk decided that they had to post a link to a live stream to snatch burgeoning traffic on Twitter and Facebook.

No grudges there. We live, unfortunately, in a world where 24/7 media is the new norm, and everyone is rushing to provide the fastest, trending-est coverage.

However, as a recent Tweet calling Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis a "c*nt" by The Onion demonstrated, sometimes the rush to post an update on social media can be really bad for your brand.

Hence the following:


So to recap: plane might crash land. In the rush to grab traffic, BuzzFeed posts a grossly premature link to a live stream of a "possible plane crash" while the plane is still in the air.

Classy.

While we might rush to condemn, perhaps the more important takeaway is that in today's crazy, social-media-oriented news universe, it's pretty easy to make a dumb mistake that makes you look like a jerk. Maybe we could all afford to step back off the pedal a little when discussing sensitive things like whether or not some poor stressed-out pilot is going to save the eight lives depending on him for a safe crash landing.

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Tom McKay

Tom is a staff writer at Mic, covering national politics, media, policing and the war on drugs. He is based in New York and can be reached at tmckay@mic.com.

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