Frenemies: Social Network Service

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30 April 2012
As technology enhances and grows, people flock to social networking sites to do just about anything. Whether it is keeping in touch with high school friends, meeting someone new, or desperately trying to keep up with the fast paced world of technology, social networking has become the norm for people of all ages. Whether social media is a good thing or bad depends on how the user puts it to work. Can what you put on Facebook and Twitter help, or even hinder, your likeliness of receiving a job?

Why would employers pay to run a background check on you when you willingly put it out there for everyone to see? With sites such as Facebook and Twitter where people, and friends of those people, put up posts, pictures, and videos displaying anything from your niece’s soccer game or just what you were really doing at that party last night, there’s almost no reason at all to run a background check. Some people are computer literate and know how to set their privacy settings to a level where others can’t post on their wall without permission or strangers can’t see what they’re doing. It’s becoming more common for employers to “skim” your social networking profile to find your true colors before they even decide to interview you.

There has been some discretion over whether employers can, in fact, base whether they will hire you based off of your Facebook page. Facebook has even begun to fight back about the sheer invasion of privacy from employers demanding usernames and passwords from job seekers. “That’s why we’ve made it a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password.” Employers can actually be sued for using the inner workings of someone’s social media page when making a selection in whom to hire.

Anyone who chooses to use a social networking site, whether or not they are seeking a job, should always read the user agreement and know what they are...
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