When Mark Z. designed & gave birth to Facebook, he could never considered have all the ramifications his new baby would have on the world.
One of the more recent uses is in the field of employment.
Both people seeking employment and potential employers now use Facebook for a major research tool.
Job seekers primarly use it as it was initially designed for, a networking tool. A place to connect to people & keep their ears to the ground about jobs. Sort of a Linked-In Lite.
Employers, on the other hand, have discovered that Facebook is a dandy tool for finding out what a person is really like outside of the job environment. The half naked, drunken photographs send quite a different impression then the prim & proper one the applicant presented at the interview. Whether it is right or wrong to judge an employees fitness for employment by their outside activities, it is done.
Calling in sick on a Friday or Monday then posting images or narratives about the kickin’ ski trip you just got back from can get you in a heep of trouble.
Talking about or announcing future plans while telling the current employer something completely different is just a bit disingenuous, don’t you think?
Actually, it’s just plain stupid.
A note to employers and other people using Facebook or other Social Networking sites to investigate individuals.
If you run across something that runs counter to what you are being told you do have the OBLIGATION to ask the person in question for an explanation of the disparity. I have run across several instances where research doesn’t reveal all the facts in a situation. By inquiring of the person in question, I was able to easily resolve the disparities to everyones benefit.
Unfortunately, the sites that accumulate information on individuals and sell it probably don’t bother to do this so please be careful in using them.