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The job market as we knew it is changing and the change is affecting how we blog, how we interact online.

With the introduction of social networking sites such as MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin, plus with us posting to our blogs; what we feel, what we think, what sites we link to and what we believe, is no longer being viewed by just a select few but possibly by “private eye” type companies hired by potential future employers, or even our current employer, to spy on us.

Today’s Lesson

Although Google and Facebook are usually the spots where potential employers or clients look for information about us, if a professional social networking surveillance company is hired, no stone goes unturned.

Take, for example, Social Intelligence Corp (a division of RivData), who describe what they do as follows:

Social Intelligence Corp solely generates reports based on employer pre-defined criteria, both positive and negative. Negative examples include racist remarks or activities, sexually explicit photos or videos, and illegal activity such as drug use. Positive examples include charitable or volunteer efforts, participation in industry blogs, and external recognition.

Companies like this will find all of our blog posts, comments we left on other blogs, links we like, tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook. Although we can delete some of the derogatory statements/photographs, if we’re in the job pool/market now, it may be too late.

Knowing this is happening can raise fear in bloggers. In fact, we may become so fearful, we either don’t start a blog or if we do, we become blogging sheeple, never expressing our true beliefs, but instead “playing nice” and acting like we don’t have a backbone. If it appears we don’t have an opinion or are wishy-washy on most topics, that could be construed to mean we cannot make decisions. Even small ones.

On the other hand, if we’re outspoken and share views that go against what a potential employer or client is looking for, would we be a good match for them anyway? And…would we even want to work for a company/client who isn’t accepting of opposing views?

I know some of you will say, “I’ll just blog/tweet/Facebook and use a pseudonym (fake name). That way I can say whatever I want”. In actuality that could hurt us. In the event our goal is to build up a clientele or develop a digital footprint which will benefit us in the future, all of the work we’ve done using the pseudonym could be wasted. Plus, not showing any online activity could appear suspicious.

Building a digital footprint and being aware of the breadcrumbs we leave on the world wide web can be daunting, however if done right, it could lead to great success and/or that dream job.

What say you?

Today’s Assignment

If your online activity was investigated, how would you score?

Based on your digital footprint, if you were in the market for an assistant, would you hire you?

Care to share?

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For links to other posts on this topic, check out:

  1. Do You Pass the Social Media Recruitment Test? (Mashable)
  2. Social Media and Employment Law: Six Things You Need To Know (Monster Thinking)
  3. Yes, Virginia, HR Execs Check Your Facebook Page (Gigaom)
  4. Pre-employment Social Media Screening Deemed Legal, posted on Reppler, which is,
  5. …a social media monitoring service designed to keep your social reputation clean and safe.

Photo Credit: Felipe Venâncio

It doesn’t surprise me Facebook has over 500 million active users or that in a week, one billion tweets are published on Twitter

Facebook and Twitter are about communicating and people want to be heard.

Today’s Lesson

Blogging is the same.

Many bloggers will admit their real life friends don’t understand blogging, nor do they have an interest in what we’re blogging about.

Real life friends may think blogging is silly, a passing fad or even a waste of time.

But bloggers know, with having a blog, comes an audience whom we believe are interested in what we publish.

Via comments they validate us or expand on the topic and carry the discussion further.

It feels good to know we’re being heard.

In real life, where others seem to be consumed with their own lives, we may not get that. Hence, our blog becomes our voice.

It’s no wonder when our real life friends do read our blogs or the comments we’ve left elsewhere, they’ll often say, “I didn’t know that about you.”

Today’s Assignment

If a friend or family member read your blog or a comment you left on another site, would they be surprised and find out more about you and your interests?

Care to share?

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For some it’s a non-issue.

For those who spend most of their time in the blogosphere, on cell phones and social networking sites, it would be huge.

We’re discussing what happened in Egypt – how the internet was “killed”. How cell phone companies were ordered to shut down service. if they shut down the internet post

Within a very short period, many were silenced.

Temporarily.

Today’s Lesson

Egypt isn’t the only country which has tampered with internet usage. Other countries regularly ban sites from internet users, sometimes erase derogatory comments about “the powers that be” and even go as far as shutting down sites.

In most parts of the world we have freedom of speech, however, if an emergency were to arise, what happened in Egypt could happen anywhere.

I don’t know about you, but I rely on the internet for a lot.

I take it for granted that the internet will always be there.

For my blogs I use a plugin for automatic backups and the information is sent to my email address. Sometimes I save the file to my hard drive, sometimes I don’t.

I have my favorite blogs I visit. I don’t know the URL for each one, but my (online) RSS feed does.

I have other sites which help me in other aspects of my life. I rely on my (online) Bookmarks to record them.

I can recall a few email addresses, but isn’t that what an online email address book is for?

My social networking sites keep a list of my friends and followers so I feel no need to memorize their user names.

Some of my passwords are written down, but some are “remembered” (online) from previous visits.

When I think about it, if the internet was “killed”, I’d be scrambling.

I might even panic.

But, it’s my fault.

I’ve put too much trust into an inanimate object which could be taken away in the blink of an eye.

How about you?

Today’s Assignment

If someone pulled the “kill switch” on the internet, how would you react?

How much of your reference or backup material would be lost?

Or have you planned ahead?

Care to share?

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