posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 04:45 PM
I think it might be legit to do so. It's been used over and over and over as a format for employers (even law enforcement) as a means to make
decisions based on what has been posted (by you or by others about you). Is it right? Don't know, but anyone with a bit of awareness would know that
it is a possibility and seems to be acceptable within the law. Hiring/Firing in an at-will state (if this is one) will further negate any recourse for
With every choice "we" make there are consequences that follow (positive, negative or neutral) and in this case, she made a choice that resulted in
a negative consequence. But, still was her choice to make. People really need to get smart about what they allow about themselves on social networking
In some cases, employers will require that one disclose all sites and usernames the potential employee belongs to and uses, as a pre-hire condition.
For this very reason, it may be wise to set up a "professional" site (like Linkd-in) for "professional" purposes and with only professional
content. In many cases, it may appear suspicious if someone claims they do not have any affiliation to social networking and/or one would appear "out
of touch"depending on the job, of course. For all other sites, it's wise to make certain that if employers search for you, they will not link to
you. If that means using a pseudonym that friends and family know, fine.
Keep your work and private lives separate online. It's just good sense.
[edit on 16-2-2010 by LadySkadi]