This is a great example of how having all the information in one place is not a good idea. It’s also a great example of where social media is headed, or should I say, already there. Finally, it’s a great example of how any idea privacy right now is a forlorn conclusion.
Welcome to the future. It won’t be long before all employers will require applicants to provide their Facebook login(s) as part of their background check. Or, as part of the interview process. So it really doesn’t matter that Facebook let’s you have private posts now (an idea we started with for zeldab.com). Nothing is private on Facebook. And if you have any thoughts otherwise, you’d be wrong.
Does this mean Facebook sucks? Not entirely. Facebook, as all social media, is a great way to spread a message. But even that use is in jeopardy now.
Because let’s say the interviewer is conservative and you’ve been spreading more liberal messages via the “Like” or just posting them on your Wall. How do you think the interviewer is going to see you? Most likely, as persona non grata, because the country is so divided politically and the divide is getting wider. Bottom line, your stuff on Facebook could cause you to not get the job. Not because you weren’t qualified. But because the interviewer found information about you that conflicted with her or her own views.
So now, it doesn’t make much sense to post something on Facebook you’d want anyone to see. And if you think posting on Facebook is cool, because you have nothing to hide, think again.