By Zac Johnson
Alicia Ann Lynch is a name that you probably aren’t familiar with, but it’s one you might have seen a few times in the news lately. The average person who reads about Alicia Ann Lynch will probably conclude that she’s stupid for what she did this past Halloween. Some of you will probably even tell some co-workers and friends. For Alicia Ann Lynch, the sad truth is that her one simple mistake as a 22-year-old will probably haunt her for the rest of her life.
If there was anyone in the world right now that could use personal reputation management and clean up of their presence on the Internet, it would definitely be Alicia Ann Lynch.
Who is Alicia Ann Lynch?
Enough with all of the suspense. Now it’s time to lay out the facts and explain who Alicia Ann Lynch is and why she is being highlighted in this post.
Halloween is always an exciting time of year. It’s the day you get to dress up as anything you want and pretend you aren’t yourself for a day. Unfortunately, some people like to push the envelope a bit too far. While there is no law against being stupid… in this new age, which is completely social and spreads any type of news and controversy around the world in just a matter of minutes, you really need to think before you act.
Alicia Ann Lynch, a 22-year-old from Michigan, went to work dressed as a Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween and posted the pics on her social media accounts. (NY Daily News)
What was worse… going to work in this costume or posting the pictures right to her social media accounts? They were both a disaster, but adding the pictures herself just added fuel to the fire.
As mentioned earlier, it takes just one simple picture and tweet for something to spread like wild fire on the Internet, and this is exactly what has happened. Alicia went from being just an average person with a regular job to being one of the most talked about, hated and attacked people on the Internet.
At the same time, it’s quite unfortunate, because Alicia isn’t the only one that used Halloween to make a mockery of a tragic event. Over in England, two other misguided girls thought it would be a great idea to dress as the Twin Towers while they were being attacked by terrorists. The costumes even had planes crashing into them and people falling out of the building.
To make the situation even worse, they won $240 in shopping vouchers that night from the Rosie’s Nightclub in Chester for having the best costume.
Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, 19-year-old students at the University of Chester, dressed up as the Twin Towers for Halloween. The pair donned American flags on their heads and wore tower outfits that featured planes, explosions, smoke and people jumping to their deaths from the upper floors. (ABC News)
While in one country a horrible costume idea receives praise, in others, wearers receive death threats and various attacks online. Luckily for the two girls in the Twin Tower costumes, their names haven’t been associated or attacked anywhere near as much as Alicia has been.
Alicia Ann Lynch, 22, regrets her “distasteful” outfit but said she and especially her parents don’t deserve the threats of death, mutilation and rape. “I’ve had voicemails where they want to slit my throat and they want to hang me and tear off my face,” Lynch said. “I’m just like, ‘I don’t even know how to respond to this right now.’” – Reported by ABCNews
And for those of you who were wondering… of course Alicia has also been fired from her job and her Twitter account is now suspended as well.
Alicia Ann Lynch, 22, regrets her tasteless Halloween outfit but says threats to ‘slit my throat’ are over the top. The Michigan woman, known on Twitter as @SomeSKANKinMI, says she’s been fired, and strangers are calling her parents. (NY Daily News)
Unfortunately for Alicia Ann Lynch… this was only the beginning.
Alicia Ann Lynch Search Results
Continuing with our coverage on “Alicia Ann Lynch” the situation would just continue to get worse. As the pictures and articles continued to spread, more news agencies and blogs were writing on the costume. You can see how only negative content appears in all of the main page search results for “boston marathon bombing costume” and “Alicia Ann Lynch“ on Google.
Matters only got worse Alicia as her name continued to spread across various sites, news publications all while still getting viciously attacked through her social networks. This, however, wasn’t the end. News eventually leaked from someone that Alicia Ann Lynch also had nude photos on the Internet, and now a whole new bombardment of negative press and content is related to her name. This can be clearly seen just by doing a simple Google search for her name below.
This is one of those situations where nothing good can come out of this. When the Boston Marathon costume first leaked, Alicia tried to apologize and put a stop to the spreading of the image, but it was too late. Once something like this hits the Internet, it’s out there for good. Unfortunately it looks like this will be the case for any search terms relating to “Alicia Ann Lynch” as well.
A Reputation Management Nightmare
In this particular case, there is no easy answer for how one would have to start an effective online reputation management campaign. The search results are completely loaded up with high authority news sites and blogs all ranking on the main page for her personal name. We are talking about names like Huffington Post, IBTimes, DailyMail, YouTube and more.
This is quite an unfortunate event and some of us will feel pretty bad for the girl. We’ve all done stupid things in out lives and many of them were when we were younger. Fortunately, we didn’t have the technology then that we have today.
If there was ever an example of why you should think before posting anything on the Internet, no matter how funny or creative you might think it is… this is the perfect example. It’s very likely that the “Alicia Ann Lynch” name will forever be branded with all of this negative content on the Internet for decades to come.
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