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(ABC)   "Spring breakers, here's a thought: Before posting those pictures of you and your friends dancing on a table at Senor Frog's, know that decades from now, when college is a mere memory, those photos will still live on the Web"   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 185
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2007-03-01 02:02:21 PM  
MrGumboPants: Because if someone could prove that your HR people were doing it, you could be sued. It's a hermetic seal: you deal with a very specific set of information, you notate *everything* about the interview, you get applicants to sign off on any checks you're about to make. Since you neither trust nor need information from the internets, why open yourself up to litigation? What if you find this dude has a gay blog and you left your IP address there when you looked it up? Just a for instance..

You missed this sentence and could have avoided the tragedy above "Luckily, HR folks always follow the law even when they can spend 30 seconds looking using google and no one will be the wiser.
 
2007-03-01 02:02:54 PM  
You're trying to scare off attention whores, by telling them that the internet will basically serve as a permanent record that lots and lots of people will see.

For some reason I don't think that's going to work.
 
2007-03-01 02:03:28 PM  
Yea that would be bad if someone linked a name to that.

Same might be said for postings on Fark. And with TotalFark, if you're paying by credit card or PayPal, somewhere there is a link between username and real name. So post politely. You never know.
 
2007-03-01 02:04:27 PM  
An_Innocent_Primate

The difference is you choose what you put in your myspace, and you choose to have a myspace page too. As I said before, it speaks volumes towards a person's decision making ability and what kind of person they are if they decide to put these pictures/stories in their myspaces/blogs.

Exactly, it's not so much about moralizing. It's not about company image or hiring clean, upstanding citizens. It's about judgement, or lack thereof.

I doubt that there is a single person here who hasn't done something that, if posted on the internet, wouldn't cause them embarrasment or their career. The difference is, that most people here have the good sense NOT TO POST IT. Fark, I had that sense when I was 18, so I really have to question the intelligence of a 22 year old who hasn't developed it after 4 years of college.

/if I were an employer, I'd check myspace too.
 
2007-03-01 02:09:46 PM  
Thank god there are more famous people than me that share the same name. I could be an artist, a semi-pro hockey player, a journal editor, or a high school track star.

Only one of those is true, and you have to search real hard for it.
 
2007-03-01 02:09:58 PM  
FTFA: But an analyst at a major financial firm said he makes a habit of looking up college-age applicants on Facebook before interviewing them.

Hello, EEOC? Yeah, there's this major financial firm that's practicing age discrimination...
 
2007-03-01 02:13:12 PM  
From the article: If you're not sure about whether something's questionable, ask someone's opinion," she said. "Go to your career services office, go to a professor.

Thats right, go see your professor. And if you're a sexy coed college girl with topless photos you might even get an A in that tough paper as well. Nudge,nudge, wink, wink.
 
2007-03-01 02:13:13 PM  
Decades from now old the old farts who even care about this will all be dead. Haters. Ahmen.
 
2007-03-01 02:16:21 PM  
Let this be a lesson kids. Make sure you A) use a nick when going online that is not part of your email address, and B) make the nick something that'll discourage the Internet Detectives. I recommend something like the name of a race of hermaphroditic feline centauroids. After you do this, feel free to post nekkid pics of yourself at will.
 
2007-03-01 02:16:57 PM  
Dear Amanda Wenk: I will hire you.
 
2007-03-01 02:18:36 PM  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binkysgirls/335988311/ (may be NSFW)

- Case of beer: $20

- Digital camera: $200

- Flickr account: Free

- Picture of how flexible you are, and how bad you are at wiping your twat after you pee: Priceless.
 
2007-03-01 02:19:37 PM  
While the headline is a wise warning, I'm not sure the Stevens Tubes will even be around in a couple of decades with the United States gov't going the way it has been for the past couple of administrations.
 
2007-03-01 02:26:22 PM  
marcus_z1

Yup--as long as everybody's doing it, nobody will care.

Trouble is, if everyone isn't really doing it, you're screwed. Fire up a doob at work and see how long you last.
 
2007-03-01 02:28:15 PM  
As the head of H.R. for TotallyTitz Adult Cabaret I have to agree, 100% - I, for one, regularly screen potential...artists...via their MySpace pages.

If their page isn't the apex of debauchery, I have to ask myself as an employer: Is this person really a good fit for my company? In most cases, I end up hiring the drunken-slut-attention-whores.

It just makes fiscal sense.
 
2007-03-01 02:29:21 PM  
Who the hell cares. As far as I'm concerned, most people only exist for this purpose... and to that, I say, if you're going to do something - do it well! Make sure those around you capture the magic of you doing something embarrassing, degrading, stupid, whorish etc. You might as well "live the dream" while you can (that is, being "a star" for a small group of drunken idiots while the wider world laughs and points at your self-involvement and self-destructive tendencies).
 
2007-03-01 02:32:11 PM  
RUSSICAN: *waiting for pics*

Still waiting...
 
2007-03-01 02:35:10 PM  
2007-03-01 02:16:21 PM Chakat [TotalFark]

Let this be a lesson kids. Make sure you A) use a nick when going online that is not part of your email address, and B) make the nick something that'll discourage the Internet Detectives. I recommend something like the name of a race of hermaphroditic feline centauroids. After you do this, feel free to post nekkid pics of yourself at will.

www.stanford.edu

Google Image Search coming online, Captain. Shall I begin the GIS?

content.answers.com

Make it so.
 
2007-03-01 02:35:43 PM  
A simple solution. Find out everyting about the person interviewing you for the job you may not get due to some "revealing" internet photos, and get the jump on them by finding all of their "skeletons" in the online closet, and if/when they bring the issue up in the interview, you can bust out all the dirt you found on them and threaten to show them to his/her boss if they don't give you the job.

/this door swings both ways, and maybe the boss does too.
 
2007-03-01 02:37:39 PM  
Too stupid to keep from getting tattoos also.
 
2007-03-01 02:39:52 PM  
unchellmatt: Picture of how flexible you are, and how bad you are at wiping your twat after you pee: Priceless.

What makes you so sure it's pee?

Could just be a wet-prone gal.
 
2007-03-01 02:40:34 PM  
From TFA: "Would your 30-year-old self want to live with the decisions of your 20-year-old self? Would your 40-year-old self want to live with those decisions?"

Yeah, without a doubt. Those were some good bad decisions. I just thank Jeebus that they're not on the internets.
 
2007-03-01 02:40:34 PM  
BrotherTheodore: Too stupid to keep from getting tattoos also.

Hey, there's nothing wrong with tattoos.

/Why yes, I do work at an office.
//And it happens to be somewhere that's easily covered.
///Just use common sense, is all.
 
2007-03-01 02:43:41 PM  
"Hello, EEOC? Yeah, there's this major financial firm that's practicing age discrimination..."
---

Oh really? How? By looking at somebody's keg stand on Facebook or MySpace?
 
2007-03-01 02:44:16 PM  
BrotherTheodore: Too stupid to keep from getting tattoos also.

Nothing wrong with tats

/going to get his in a few weeks
 
2007-03-01 02:44:17 PM  
muninsfire

///Just use common sense, is all.

I believe that's what this thread is all about anyway. And you know what they say about common sense...
 
2007-03-01 02:45:12 PM  
I don't know. I look pretty damn good naked. I think it might actually help if I ran for office.

The comments I make here on fark is what would kill my campaign.
 
2007-03-01 02:48:27 PM  
i14.tinypic.com
 
2007-03-01 02:49:21 PM  
Why do humans like to grovel for their food and shelter? And then why do they turn around and poke fun at those who grovel in a socially unacceptable way?

Maybe they're descended from chimpanzees. That would explain it.
 
2007-03-01 02:49:37 PM  
That's why there are no photos in my profile. I don't want anyone to connect the real me with the asshat things I say here.

/I use you for a sounding base
//If I didn't I'd be screaming at people in public
///I'm so sorry, Farkers.
 
2007-03-01 02:50:09 PM  
I just came in here to say that I will spend the remainder of my day at work imagining that I'm already at home, with binkysgirls, and Wenk. And not watching gay porn, naked while selling meth, or dying from a burrito, or getting my car stolen by an underage prostitute.

/this thread had so much potential
//who cares what an hr manager does?
///if you post your junk on teh intert00bs, be prepared to face the music.
 
2007-03-01 02:50:30 PM  
i15.tinypic.com
 
2007-03-01 02:57:07 PM  
ScottMpls

"Hello, EEOC? Yeah, there's this major financial firm that's practicing age discrimination..."
---

Oh really? How? By looking at somebody's keg stand on Facebook or MySpace?


Perhaps you didn't read the whole quote, now with boldness for emphasis: FTFA: "But an analyst at a major financial firm said he makes a habit of looking up college-age applicants on Facebook before interviewing them."

I understand that "college-age" is a dominant demographic on Facebook, but limiting searches to those applicants that appear "college age" is discriminatory. Unless, of course, "college age" applicants are the only kind they get.

Look 'em all up, or look up none of 'em. Anything else is discrimination under the law.
 
2007-03-01 02:57:08 PM  
I think the idea of gathering up embarrasing pictures of your enemies on their MySpace/Facebook/etc. sites would be very clever. Then hit them up when they run for office, go for a job interview, audition for American idol, etc.

So remember kids, when a bully picks on you, save their embarassing public pictures for another time, don't go shootin' up the school.
 
2007-03-01 02:59:37 PM  
tarrant84 I also don't let people photograph me doing stupid shiat.

I told her i didn't want to be in our wedding pics .....


/ j/k Dear!
 
2007-03-01 03:03:13 PM  
Chris Barr: Thank god there are more famous people than me that share the same name. I could be an artist, a semi-pro hockey player, a journal editor, or a high school track star.

Only one of those is true, and you have to search real hard for it.


Heh...I certainly hope you're being sarcastic.

/hard to tell sometimes
 
2007-03-01 03:05:59 PM  
author1701: I understand that "college-age" is a dominant demographic on Facebook, but limiting searches to those applicants that appear "college age" is discriminatory. Unless, of course, "college age" applicants are the only kind they get.

Look 'em all up, or look up none of 'em. Anything else is discrimination under the law.


Not necessarily. There are loopholes. If someone's a recent college grad, they'll sometimes ask for a transcript, something that an older candidate wouldn't be asked for. I don't see why the same couldn't apply to this.
 
2007-03-01 03:10:29 PM  
Damn_Conservative_Media

Oh yeah, forgot step C) Use a different nick for farking than for pr0nographic purposes.

/Is a bastard
//Has pr0n of hir out there
///both real and furry
////no, you can't get linkies
//no, you can't have a pony either
 
2007-03-01 03:11:32 PM  
Chakat: //no, you can't have a pony either

What about pony pr0n?
 
2007-03-01 03:11:40 PM  
Chirping Cricket: I agree. :)

I avoided the "Girls Gone Wild" stuff at S. Padre Island in college, simply b/c I'm sure my dad watches porn. I couldn't think of anything worse than that ironic twist of fate. YUCK!

Plus, when the GGW guys told me to take off my top, I yelled, "You'd be disappointed!" They laughed and gave me their crappy t-shirt for "merit." Gotta love the B-cups.
 
2007-03-01 03:13:59 PM  
r0cj07p: That's actually a great idea. :-)

I agree with everyone else who has said what you do in your private life is your business. Why should your employer care, as long as A) you are qualified for the job and pass the background checks; B) they are never mentioned on your Myspace/Facebook page and/or blog; and C) you are not at your jobsite/wearing your company's uniform/in front of your company's logo when potentially embarassing photos are taken?

/My company's annual meeting "social events" are a goldmine for incriminating pics
//Why yes, they ARE posted online
///The door could swing both ways; what if our candidates find those "drunken revelry" company pics on the web and decide not to work for us?

 
2007-03-01 03:18:05 PM  
So, basically, if another person and I are both going for the same job, all I have to do is open a MySpace or FaceBook account in their name and put up a whole bunch of pictures, and that'd be enough to disqualify my rival for that job?

Some clueless HR dope needs to think a little bit more about that "google your employees" strategy.
 
2007-03-01 03:18:36 PM  
TacoBeelzebub: I agree with everyone else who has said what you do in your private life is your business. Why should your employer care, as long as A) you are qualified for the job and pass the background checks; B) they are never mentioned on your Myspace/Facebook page and/or blog; and C) you are not at your jobsite/wearing your company's uniform/in front of your company's logo when potentially embarassing photos are taken?

Your potential employer doesn't know that you're a mature, sensible person 99% of the time, all that he knows is what you allow him to know. If you put garbage like this out in the public view, then that falls under "what you allow him to know."

I wouldn't hire someone who showed such an excessive lack of maturity, no matter what his grades were.
 
2007-03-01 03:22:48 PM  
...Thread needs more photos...
 
2007-03-01 03:22:56 PM  
Great. This story appears the day someone posts video on Youtube of our skit in the faculty/staff show. Ok, my pants did end up in the audience, but no full monty, really!

I'm only 41! I was young and naive two weeks ago! Give me a break!
 
2007-03-01 03:23:29 PM  
mcsiegs

Here would be my dream spring break:

The lead singer from Flyleaf is sitting on my face. Until fall.


If she lets you, you'll have to let me know how I taste. Sorry about that asparagus I ate.
 
2007-03-01 03:23:56 PM  
muninsfire

Let me consult with my attorney on this matter. But tentatively, I will have to say no. I can, however, probably provide some good vixen* pr0n for you.

*Note: Vixens may or may not be penis-equipped
 
2007-03-01 03:26:29 PM  
Chakat: Let me consult with my attorney on this matter. But tentatively, I will have to say no. I can, however, probably provide some good vixen* pr0n for you.

*Note: Vixens may or may not be penis-equipped


Hah! Well-played....
 
2007-03-01 03:28:10 PM  
I was expecting way, way, more scantily-clad and drunken misbehavior in this thread.

What's wrong with you, FARK.com? It's like we don't even know each other anymore.
 
2007-03-01 03:28:13 PM  
Smarshmallow

Not necessarily. There are loopholes. If someone's a recent college grad, they'll sometimes ask for a transcript, something that an older candidate wouldn't be asked for. I don't see why the same couldn't apply to this.

Asking for a college transcript to back up claims of college coursework on an application or a resume is one thing. That kind of verification isn't age-specific, but if it is used that way, that's discriminatory.

Back when I was hiring people for jobs, it was drilled into me that it is illegal to ask a person's age except where the job is age-restricted (i.e. working past a certain hour, handling specific equipment, serving alcohol, etc.). Even then, all you can legally do is say something along the lines of: "This job requires that you work with a meat slicer which can only be operated by someone age 18 or over. Do you qualify to work this position?"

This person says he's specifically looking at Facebook entries of "college-age" applicants. Facebook entries really have nothing to do with the application process unless someone says: "I am familiar with designing Facebook entries - see my entry for an example of my work."

Limiting looking up the Facebook entries to "college-age" applicants is as discriminatory under the law as only looking up, for instance, Hispanic applicants.

If someone's going to use Facebook, MySpace, a Google search, or online court records to screen applicants, then that screening practice needs to be applied consistently and universally or not at all.
 
2007-03-01 03:31:00 PM  
Magilla: Hahahahahahahaha.
 
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