Skip to comments.How anything you've EVER said on the internet could be seen by employers
Posted on 06/26/2011 8:15:24 PM PDT by ruralvoter
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a controversial firm which scours social media sites to check on job applicants.
It means anything you've ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist could be seen by your would-be employer.
The Washington-based commission has ruled the firm, Social Intelligence Corporation, complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act - even though it keeps the results of its searches on file for seven years.
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I love my boss.
... and I really love my job and my boss’s boss too
How do they track our freerepublic posts?
I love your boss too.
Frankly, I would never work for any company that employed this company to do background checks. In fact, any company that is large enough to have an HR department is large enough to make your life miserable (diversity/sensativity training anyone?).
Screw em. I’ll work at my locally owned fast food joint selling burgers before I’ll work at Giant Corp, inc.
I’m more worried about DU posts.
This company is reading AND copying your material and using it in a commercial transaction with a third party.
Seems to me a simple matter to sue them for violation of copyright.
Bet these guys kind of wondered why NO ONE ELSE had done this!
Big companies are simply extensions of the government.
More reason to work for yourself —THAT way you really CAN love your boss (cuz it will be YOU).
You bring up a good point. Does a company have to disclose that they are using this investigative service?
If they can match names with screen names, it could be very troublesome. Of course, matching actual name with other names can be a problem too. I have the same first and last names as sex offenders in Oklahoma and Alabama (different middle names, though). You can bet I abide the speed limit if I drive in either state.
IF you use your real name and address.
Not Freerepublic. I have a top secret clearance and, frankly, would appear to be a Tom Clancy novel character if anyone knew who I really was. But I always use free wi-fi and a special computer that I never use for anything else.
Good luck with that one, fellas.
In the end, we’ll all be Papillon if we’re not careful.
Im self employed he can kiss my A$$
I love Big Brother because Big Brother loves me.
I’ve started to use Facebook to look up possible hires. I’ve screened out a lot showing very freakish behavior and have hired those who seem to be well balanced. It’s definitely kept me from doing some bad hires. Anyone can put on a show for an interview.
Aren’t you glad your folks didn’t give you “Wayne” as a middle name ? ;-D
Nowadays, you can be at work but do all your internet surfing and posting from your smart phone.
The lawsuit-happy ABA (AmBulance chAsers) will like that. Thanks ruralvoter.
>I love my boss.
I’ll see you tomorrow morning at 9 as usual, Kirk.
“anything you’ve ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist”
Nothing to worry about, then...
>>It means anything you’ve ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist could be seen by your would-be employer.
I was going for a high clearance job so I scrubbed my Facebook account and stopped sharing anything. It must have worked since I got the clearance.
But I do not say anything controversial on any web site where I am not anonymous. If it is clearly me it is all about “have a nice day and isn’t everything grand?” I don’t get into what I really think unless there is no tie to me. I’ve never mentioned my web site here. I probably never will, unless I don’t need a job.
They don’t know who you are on FR unless you use your name.
Only if the courts can force JimRob to give up our ID’s......
For as long as I’ve been on the web, I have always operated on the assumption that any and everything I put on the internet can and will be seen by anyone in the universe.
>> “Every utterance you make on the internet is copyrighted and you own the copyright.” <<
Not so on lots of sites, especially facebook. You have to accept their agreement, which gives them the right to use everything that you post to their site.
I am coming up with a big “So what?” regarding this trend. I don’t have a Myspace or Facebook account, the only thing I have posted on Craigslist are household things I want to sell. Even if my real name and FR handle were associated somehow, I stand by what I say here even though a lefty might not like it. If I am not hired because a boss doesn’t like my politics, then I probably didn’t want to work for them anyhow.
I think this only negatively impacts those people who post every stupid detail of their lives on Facebook or Twitter including all their drunken partying and such.
This doesn’t work....America still hired Erkel Mugabe as Precedent !
I don’t need to worry, b/c whenever I post anything obscene or defamatory, I always use the screen name “Anthony Weiner.”
Me too. And I have offended many people. And I don’t care.
I use an alias for everything. Just my closest friends and fam know it.
Chyea, a lot of companies are in the same boat. You wouldn’t believe how many prospective employers I’ve searched on the net, and turned their offers down after that. It’s a two way street.
Earl is also a middle name that you don’t want.
Don’t ever love your company because it will never love you back.
My boss can piss up a rope. Then again, I work for myself;)
The government’s first instinct here is to let the big employers do as they please. Most in the government are bought and paid for and they will not be concerned about the privacy rights of ordinary citizens unless those citizens rise up in mass to throw some of them out of office.
Opinions expressed on the internet by individuals have probably been viewed like confidential, inside your own castle conversations by many (however naively) up until now, especially by the majority who never disclose their correct name, etc.
But there is no doubt that many employers will intrude and meddle in the private lives of employees and potential employees as much as they can get away with it, even when there have been no indications at work that there are any problems.
I’ve been wondering about this software that they claim to have.
I know for certain that it possible for software to analyze the writings of people and, given enough material, derive a chillingly accurate profile of the author. Supposedly, in a few paragraphs, it is possible to determine your sex, your age (give or take a few years), your education/income, and sometimes your general location - all without any direct clues. It shouldn’t be that difficult to assign certain characteristics to each unique entity on a board and match them closely to other boards, only one of which might contain the user’s actual identity.
In other words, if you are on Facebook, your writing style may give you away here. So, don’t think that you are “safe” - which is why I may or may not be on any social networks.
I’m continually amazed at the things some of my Facebook aquaintances say on that site. One of them liked to post about his drinking binges (he was under 21 at the time). Another continually trashes her ex-husband—I think she will live to regret that when he gets fed up and takes her to court to modify custody/child support of their son. You can learn a lot about a person on Facebook, much of it info that person didn’t consciously intend to convey.
Haha! Worst fb posting I saw was this woman announce she had STD’s and wanted prayers!
“How do they track our freerepublic posts?”
I don’t know, but my boss knows everything I have ever posted.
Of course...I am my “boss” ;-)
My last three bosses were so inept, the businesses are no longer in business. Attractive men in expensive business suits does not equate to competence (nor does how long the company has been in business or how well known is the company name).
Oh shoot! My brother’s middle name is Wayne and I have two people in my family with the middle name Earl.
Oh, oh. My boss is an extreme Democrat.
Hope he doesn’t find the posts here where I said that Obama is a colossal twit who should be impeached, that Jimmy Carter is basically a traitor and that Democrats in general tend to be be liars and sex maniacs.
That Florence Henderson is shameless.
I would suggest posting on the interwebs is more like sending a letter to the editor.
If you don't want it to be public, you shouldn't publish it.
Email communication, in theory, is private, but a public post? Not so much.
Uh, just in case, I want to state that everything I have ever said on FR is just a joke, boss.