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Poll Results: Have you been denied employment because of your "social history"

 
  • 0% (0)
    Yes
  • 66% (8)
    No
  • 25% (3)
    Perhaps, but not sure
  • 8% (1)
    Hasn't been checked...
12 Total Votes  
post #16 of 25
This was a big talk show talking point in the local news in my area when Krystal Ball (real name) ran against Rob Wittman for the H of R. The general feeling was that at some point in the near future almost everyone will have skeletons out on the internet, and it will no longer be a real issue.
post #17 of 25
A few weeks ago on NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said that he advises that people not do anything online that they wouldn't do in person...seems appropriate.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Chris Waffles View Post

A few weeks ago on NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said that he advises that people not do anything online that they wouldn't do in person...seems appropriate.

Going back to the mid 1990s, I've always told people not to put anything in online or in an email that they wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times.
post #19 of 25
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The general feeling was that at some point in the near future almost everyone will have skeletons out on the internet, and it will no longer be a real issue.

I think this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the human psyche. People tend to be hypocritical in their judgement of others. That isn't going to change.
post #20 of 25
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I think this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the human psyche. People tend to be hypocritical in their judgement of others. That isn't going to change.

I think the point was not that people would suddenly empathize, but that there will be some dirt out there on almost everyone entering the public arena, and it will be disregarded as youthful indiscretion.
post #21 of 25
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Going back to the mid 1990s, I've always told people not to put anything in online or in an email that they wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times.

This probably seems like better advice than Mr. Twitter's...

there are plenty of things that I would do in person (but in limited company) that I would avoid doing online.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post


Going back to the mid 1990s, I've always told people not to put anything in online or in an email that they wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times.

This probably seems like better advice than Mr. Twitter's...

there are plenty of things that I would do in person (but in limited company) that I would avoid doing online.

Exactly! I really like the NYT analogy.
post #23 of 25
If I search myself, I don't come up - what is more concerning is what other people with the same name do.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

If I search myself, I don't come up - what is more concerning is what other people with the same name do.

+1. There is some stand up comedian with my name who's website has featured satanic and S&M imagery.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

Did a quick google search of myself and nothing from facebook popped up. Only linkedin. People who allow their obnoxious social network activity to be searchable on the internet deserve what ever comes to them.

I also have a unique name, so quite a few of the results in a Google search are me. A few aren't, including one guy with my name whose MySpace user name is "BonerMash."
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