American Employers See No Distinction Between Your Facebook Page and Your Resume


A year-old start-up, Social Intelligence, scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.

Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.

So not only do our employers completely disregard our privacy, but they don’t see any distinction between our private selves and our employment qualifications.

Mr. Drucker said that one prospective employee was found using Craigslist to look for OxyContin. A woman posing naked in photos she put up on an image-sharing site didn’t get the job offer she was seeking at a hospital.

Other background reports have turned up examples of people making anti-Semitic comments and racist remarks, he said. Then there was the job applicant who belonged to a Facebook group, “This Is America. I Shouldn’t Have to Press 1 for English.”

I’m so mad I just want to take all my clothes off, light up a joint and shoot at some minorities.

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One response to “American Employers See No Distinction Between Your Facebook Page and Your Resume

  1. Hey, how apropos!
    I am wandering about my WP subscription iist, scattering offers of G* invites.
    A lot of ex-vox people have started accounts there.
    The interface is reminiscent of vox, and there are multiple levels of privacy (yay).

    One thought, before you start.
    My email for it is my gmail account, which has my real info linked to it.
    So G+ tells everyone my real name.
    (Fortunately, I have a real name that is common as dirt, so I’m still basically unobvious.)
    But if you have an email that is more unconnected to you, you might use it to connect with G+

    But anyway…
    If you’d like to check it out, email me with whatever email, and I will send you an invite.
    To reach me, I’m also Lauowolf on
    (In fact, I seem to be the only Lauowolf there is anywhere.)