Yesterday, I launched the re-design of my new blog. I was also attending the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference in New York. I was on a CEO panel discussion and also spoke on the topic of Blogging as a Tool for Change. Needless to say, it was a crazy-busy day.
In between appointments, I received a direct message via Twitter that John Saddington, my web developer, needed my Google password, so that he could make some adjustments to my FeedBurner account. As you may know, your login information for Google is used across all (or at least most) of their applications, including Gmail, which I use for my personal email.I quickly responded to John with my password via Twitter. I intended to direct message him (commonly known as DMing), so that only he could see it. But, in my haste, I replied to him. This meant that everyone who is following both of us, saw my Google password. Oh. My. Gosh.
Almost immediately, I got a flood of Tweets from my friends, saying “Do you realize that you just Twittered your Google password to the world?” I did what any reasonable person would do. I panicked.
At that very moment, I was supposed to go to lunch with two of my colleagues from ECPA. They were literally standing beside me. But I said, “Look, guys, I have an emergency. I’m sorry.”
I quickly explained what had happened and then proceeded to figure out how to change my Google password. It was more difficult than I thought. It took me about two minutes—but it seemed like f-o-r-e-v-e-r.
The bottom line: being a CEO or a leader doesn’t mean you don’t make mistakes or do stupid things. (If you only knew!) This was probably the dumbest thing I have done in a while, but it probably won’t be the last. As my dear deceased friend, Bill Hall, used to say, “Dodo occurs.”