Buried in my archives is a post titled “Blogs, The New Electronic Paper Trail”. Having reread the article and the comments inspired me to revisit this issue.
In the post/comments we discussed how we expose ourselves via our blogs, and how what we say, can be detrimental to us, our families, and/or our careers.
Some will say, “It’s my blog and I can do whatever I want with it.”, and that is true. However, in the event we work, or will work “for the man”, how we project ourselves online can come back to haunt us.
I’m reminded of how President Obama used a questionnaire asking those who were interested in working in his administration to answer 63 questions, including some that were directed at the applicant’s online activities. According to Freedom Eden these questions were,
(10) Writings: Please list and, if readily available, provide a copy of each book, article, column or publication (including but not limited to any post or comments on blogs or other websites) you have authored, individually or with others. Please list all aliases or “handles” you have used to communicate on the Internet.
(58) Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)
(61) Have you had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used – even unfairly – to impugn or attack your character and qualifications for government service?
(63) Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect.
Although most of us won’t go on to work in the Administration of the President, some companies may begin to adopt the same guidelines.
Anyone online is creating a resume of sorts. An electronic paper trail.
In recent years more companies began admitting they are “Googling” the names of prospective employees. Clients are doing the same for businesses they plan to deal with. Employers and clients want to know the person they’re hiring/dealing with is authentic.
Obviously what we say and or do with our blogs would be easy to track, but what we say on social media networks such as Twitter, FaceBook and MySpace is no different As an example, if you click on my Twitter profile page, you can read each and every tweet I’ve ever sent.
On my StumbleUpon profile, you can read which sites I’ve reviewed and what I wrote.
Many bloggers feel more comfortable and loosen up when commenting on another blog, and may say something they normally wouldn’t post on their own blog. Maybe it’s something a little negative, borderline bashing and/or something politically incorrect. We may think our comments are off limits; after all, how could someone possibly find every comment we’ve ever left in blogosphere?
News Flash. Our comments are also being documented.
In a recent search for “tracking blog comments” I’ve found a site named Back Type. When I typed in my name, it showed how many comments I’ve left and each one is listed – word for word. Although I question if this may be a form of plagiarism (lifting comments from blogs), for now it’s out there.
In this economy where companies are trying to keep and/or hire the cream of the crop and the competition for available positions is brutal, we need to think about the paper trail we’re leaving in blogosphere.
What bread crumbs have you left behind?
Do you ever worry about what you post online?
How do you feel about having your every keystroke is monitored?
Should our privacy be protected, or is that just the nature of the game?
I feel this is a very important subject and would love to hear your input.
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Wherever you go, whatever you do, whoever you are, YOU ARE UNDER SURVEILLANCE because you are a potential criminal, perhaps you secretly doubt the sanctity of corporate property, or the validity of laws made by the rich to govern the poor, or the soundness of capitalism itself–we can’t afford to assume you don’t. That’s why there are video cameras pointed at every cashier and police cars circling every block. Left to itself, a state of disorder and inequity returns to equilibrium; our job is to perpetuate this one indefinitely. Department of Homeland Security. “In Suspicion We Trust!”