Monday, June 23, 2014

Filling Modern Niches...

We salute you, real men (and women) of genius.

This Company Will Help Job Seekers Erase Unseemly Facebook Photos
By the time this year’s college graduates grab their diplomas, they’ll likely have heard countless warnings about what not to post on social media.

But in case they never listened — and are only just starting to grasp what four years of keg stands and solo cups might do to their employment prospects — Social Sweepster wants to help. The service goes through Facebook and Twitter accounts to find photos and posts that might make hiring managers think twice, the New York Times reports.
I've often thought about how fortunate I was to have made it out of college before the internet age. Heck, I do enough stupid stuff now, at an age when I should know better. If there were a permanent record from Jay: The College Years? I shudder to think... (Actually, not really; there would be a whole bunch of pictures of me with a mullet chain-smoking Camel cigarettes and a handful of me ingesting cheap alcohol. But still...) Yes, today's kids have grown up with the internet, smartphones, and social media - consider that someone that graduated college last month was born in 1992, two years after the first pages were posted to the "world wide web."

Cell phones with cameras have always been a part of these kids' lives - the first cell phone with integral camera was introduced in 2000, when these kids were still in elementary school. Facebook would be invented before these kids became teenagers. Even the venerable iPhone hit the market when they were in middle school. The college class of 2014 has, for all intents and purposes, always had this technology around.

Just trying telling a college kid that they need to be careful, though. I'm sure these kids were thoroughly warned about social media. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some form of instruction at the high school and college levels about "the internet is forever" and all (someone should tell that to Obama's IRS...). I'm sure their parents warned them about social media and being careful about what's posted. But we all do dumb things, and some of us are lucky that there wasn't Instagram around at the time...

It is absolutely natural that someone should step in and provide this sort of service. This is exactly the kind of thing that, had it not existed, someone would have had to create. It's the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that makes this country great - the only way this could be better is if the founder of Social Sweepster had missed out on a job because of something a potential employer found on Facebook...

'MURICA! Because when it comes to covering our tracks, we're #1!

That is all.

7 comments:

Dave H said...

Paranoia is good for business it seems. (I know, it's always been that way. At least this is one fear Madison Avenue didn't have to invent.)

lelnet said...

I have to wonder why nobody seems to mind the fact that employers seem to have acquired the impression that policing their employees' personal lives and social connections is part of their mandate from the market.

Old NFO said...

Snerk... Classic niche market, but damn how BIG a market!!!

Dave H said...

lelnet: Liability. Corporate lawyers are always on the lookout for ways their masters could get sued, and recommending steps to prevent it no matter how asinine they are.

Anonymous said...

I've always been of the opinion that one should post online only that which they feel comfortable seeing on the Jumbotron in Times Square.

Joseph in IL

Glenn B said...

I usually don't give a crap about what I post online and have posted some things in my blog that certainly could cause someone to be hesitant to hire me - so what, I probably would not want to work for them anyway. Then again it has been rather difficult to find a job lately. Oh well, at least with regard to Facebook, I have my posts limited to being viewed by friends - at least I think I set it up that way.

Anonymous said...

I agree Jay.

I'm not surprised young people do stupid things. I was once young or so I have been told.

I'm mildly surprised their "friends" would take pictures or videos of said stupidity.

I am totally surprised that stupid people would put the "friends" video and pictures on their own Facebook accounts but they indeed do.

Gerry