I have lectured my high-school daughter often that everything she posts on Facebook can and will be seen by college-admissions officers. What I neglected to tell her — and what I discovered the hard way — is that attorneys can be just as computer savvy.
Last month, I was subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a civil case and explain in court the meaning of something I had written in response to a friend’s Facebook post. The plaintiff’s attorney had somehow gotten access to my comment and quizzed me about it under oath.
I will spare you the details, other than to say the litigation concerned alimony and I had made a joke on Facebook about marriage.
The lesson I learned, and which I will pass on to my daughter, is that a social-networking site — like matrimony — must be taken seriously.