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July 10, 2007



While I'm not 'a boss', I have had to hire people before, and I think that, all other things being equal (i.e. I run into them on Facebook and they haven't done anything online that shows a gross lack of judgment, e.g. joining the Aryan Brotherhood group or something like that), I'd hire the facebook user first.

Why? Well, I think that perhaps it shows that they're more comfortable with new technology and how society is shifting. Of course, that may be just my own biases showing.

Thomas Crampton


One point key to Facebook: Privacy.

Here's an interesting look at dark side of Facebook:



Your last question is very interesting for a reason I was confronted with just three days ago.

My boss was looking over my shoulder at my Facebook page and he asked me to explain it. Soon, me and the designer in my firm found ourselves explaining Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 and everything from open APIs and collaborative branding of media outlets.

It was too much for him. He seriously didn't know what to say about it.

And now I think he's worried that he doesn't understand it at all.

Oh well, as I read earlier in a media report, we consider technology to be daunting, and we consider technology to be the thing that was not invented before we were born.

So, people from the 1940s think TV is technology. People born in the 1980s think technoogy is email.


Gen Kanai

I don't hire many people but if I was in a position to do so, I'd definitely use Facebook and LinkedIn for reference checking.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Hehe, Doug that's a great story.

To answer my own question: Come to thnk of it, if I was hiring somebody for a job that had anything to do with media, technology, newmedia, etc., an understanding of social networking would probably be required anyway, and it's pretty hard to understand online social networking if you haven't participated in it. So an active facebook presence would definitely tip the scales.


but the ultimate question is, "Rebecca, would you accept what they had to say about those things, and agree to follow their lead?"

it's all unknown territory and forever will be. the web is invention and innovation personified. there's never any way to know. it's like a relationship...

Ramon Thomas

Rebecca don't underestimate the power of LinkedIn for expanding your professional opportunities. I highly recommend you read this ebook.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Thanks Thomas for that link. I have always assumed that anything I put online is not private. Unfortunately a lot of people have a very false sense of privacy when using these services. Companies ought to be a better job at making their users aware of this lack of privacy. It doesn't mean one shouldn't use the service, but it does mean that one should be smarter about what one information one does or doen't choose to share with it.

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