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2013-01-02 10:15:18 AM
Or they could teach them how not to be stupid in the first place, before handing over a degree.
 
2013-01-02 10:18:41 AM

give me doughnuts: Not exactly what I was thinking of, but you knew that already. ;-)


If she had pictures in those little volleyball pants, I would post them.
 
2013-01-02 10:21:24 AM
Not amused
t3.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-02 10:22:41 AM

freewill: On the other end of the spectrum, I'm trying to figure out how to tell somebody that she's dating a publicly known drug dealer without completely humiliating her.


Don't worry...she likes it in the pooper after an all night coke binge.
 
2013-01-02 10:23:37 AM
img585.imageshack.us
Good luck taking this one back
 
2013-01-02 10:28:06 AM

fozziewazzi: I read somewhere recently how a corporate recruiter was highly suspicious that the candidate she was considering had no presence on the internet at all beyond professional networking sites. I'm not sure that the candidate was passed over but I think the the recruiter felt more reassured by someone with some kind of social presence rather than someone who appeared to have sterilized it.


Huh... just googled myself. What I found was:

A couple things I did in college
The property valuation for my house
The record of sale for my last house
Some stuff from the business I used to operate
Some snarky posts in alt.sysadmin.recovery
A couple questions on a freebsd forum
My name and rank on a couple contract solicitations when I was a program manager in the USAF
A bunch of empty stubs on places like Facebook, Classmates, etc, that I have never made an account on

Considering the kinds of work I do, I could probably make a pretty strong argument that my lack of social media presence is an awareness of the kind of presence I do not want to have and never created, rather than having sanitized a presence I am embarrassed of.
 
2013-01-02 10:31:00 AM

eas81: [hrvirtualcafe.files.wordpress.com image 350x283][beinglatino.files.wordpress.com image 420x294][www.rottenecards.com image 420x294]


My results are... Facebook, Google+, some 9gag comments via Facebook, some news comments via Facebook, Herpes forum... Wait, what!?.
 
2013-01-02 10:32:18 AM
What's really going to be a problem is when facial recognition software gets good enough to spot you in other people's photos. You might have the brains not to post pics of the time you got drunk at college and threw the couch out the window on Facebook, but was everyone present as concerned for your future as you?

And every girl whose jerkass ex decided to get revenge for being dumped by posting those "private" pictures she took for him is in even worse shape.
 
2013-01-02 10:32:57 AM
Excuse me, I ate out an entire sorority to ring in the New Year, Subby.

/damned dog keeps digging up the bones
 
2013-01-02 10:33:51 AM

ChrisDe: Or they could teach them how not to be stupid in the first place, before handing over a degree.


Of course if you had read even the first line of the article, you would realise you meant the university would have to teach them to engineer everyone in the world with the same name as them to not be stupid before they get their degree. Which seems like it would be a virtually impossible task, so I think their tactics are superior to yours.
 
2013-01-02 10:39:06 AM
I have a very unique name so any Google search for "my first and last name" only returns results for me. Luckily it's all tame stuff. About the worst thing you can find is my steam profile where you can see how much time I've wasted in Skyrim.

However I have a friend with a somewhat common name who is absolutely invisible. There's no trace of her online at all. It's very impressive. She just always used fake names and nicknames online so her real name isn't connected to anything she has done online.
 
2013-01-02 10:42:03 AM
My CSB

I was an RA in college. As such I was neither well-liked, nor terribly hated. Anyway, some friends and I took a trip to Canada and came back with loads of pictures. My COMP-SCI friend decided to put them in a private folder on the school's server.

These pics involved copious amounts of booze and as the legal age in Canada is 19, we were technically underage in the states, so with no evidence to prove we were in Canada, the pictures could have been quite troublesome. As it happens, one of my residents stumbled across the photos and decided to print one out and post it up around the building.

Of all the possible photos he could have chosen, he grabbed the one of me holding a massive bottle of.... apple juice. It just so happened the label was in French and the kid had no idea what it was.

/End CS
 
2013-01-02 10:48:09 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img585.imageshack.us image 400x331]
Good luck taking this one back


Pfft... I'd hire either of them based on that photo alone.

I might even consider showing up to office parties.
 
2013-01-02 10:49:57 AM
My name used to bring up an eclectic mix of results, including a lot of my own stuff, but someone with my name apparently opened a photography studio in Michigan and now hugely dominates the results. (Along with a random assortment of fake-me Pinterest and Youtube links). My name also used to show up in the character name listings for a porn movie, but now that's buried way down in the Google results somewhere thanks to the photographer lady. "I" was once played by a famous porn star. I feel so special.
 
2013-01-02 10:50:35 AM

littlett's: give me doughnuts: Not exactly what I was thinking of, but you knew that already. ;-)

If she had pictures in those little volleyball pants, I would post them.


Getting warmer...
 
2013-01-02 11:01:05 AM

dickfreckle: As long as it's not you, but someone with your common name and age doing stupid sh*t in Facebook photos, why not include a small photo of yourself with the resume? It wouldn't be a vanity thing. You could paste it into your references section, with a short note along the lines of, "This is me, I'm not the drunk chick drawing dicks on the passed out roommate." Granted, you would word it more professionally.

 There are only a few people with who share my name and age on Google, and thankfully they're all pretty successful guys. But one day, someone with my name is gonna post pics of himself teabagging a Golden Retriever. You have to be vigilant about this.


Or maybe you don't want to work at a place that assumes that just because you have a common name, then it must be you who is in the pic teabagging the Golden Retrieve. Unless you're trying to get a job in German porn in which case that actually might be what you want.
 
2013-01-02 11:05:07 AM

Agarista: OK, how many people googled their name after reading that?


I am a news reporter in the great state of Flordia, go me!
And further down, like 4 pages in, the real me emerges.
 
2013-01-02 11:06:01 AM

INeedAName: Of all the possible photos he could have chosen, he grabbed the one of me holding a massive bottle of.... apple juice. It just so happened the label was in French and the kid had no idea what it was.


Too much poutine tends to bind me up too, but I find unpasteurized apple cider works much faster than apple juice.
 
2013-01-02 11:08:09 AM
AKA: We, the university, provided you with a prestigious academic environment that fellated itself daily over how its groundbreaking research. Meanwhile we also provided you with a social environment without morals or boundaries, where people with the brains of children could have all the rights of an adult, with few of the responsibilities. So naturally, we were shocked and horrified when we learned what our snowflakes were really doing at school. Here, let us help you erase any evidence that you're a goddamn idiot.
 
2013-01-02 11:10:38 AM

littlett's: Agarista: OK, how many people googled their name after reading that?

I am a doctor and a college volleyball player!

GO ME!


I'm a lawyer in London and an optometrist in New York. When I narrow it to my state there's a chick who is a physical therapist.

Once I was at work and was handed a couple of sheets that had been faxed over from another agency a few towns away about a guy with some warrants they were looking for and he may be in our town. The sheets had been passed around the room so were out of order. The last sheet I saw was the cover sheet and there's another me working at a different agency. I was very confused for a second.

Oddly, I've been to multiple training classes throughout the state and have never run into her.
 
2013-01-02 11:11:22 AM
I'm just a butt-chugging boy from Tennessee...
 
2013-01-02 11:14:09 AM

fozziewazzi: I read somewhere recently how a corporate recruiter was highly suspicious that the candidate she was considering had no presence on the internet at all beyond professional networking sites. I'm not sure that the candidate was passed over but I think the the recruiter felt more reassured by someone with some kind of social presence rather than someone who appeared to have sterilized it.


I used to be a professional recruiter and always Googled anyone I was considering bringing in for an interview.  It was rare, but I would occasionally come across people who had no other online presence but LinkedIn and/or a phone listing.  And my Google-fu's pretty good.  I figured that if anyone who had enough sense to either lock down their presence that tightly or to have managed to completely scrub it had to be pretty damn good.  And they all turned out to be excellent candidates that were very easy to find positions for.

The whole Facebook thing is just a media scare, anyway.  Recruiters & HR people do routinely Google people but, if we find an open FB profile, we'll rarely dig too deeply.  And there's very little most of us would find objectionable enough to pass someone over.  There were only 2 people I ever disqualified due to stuff I found on their Facebook.  One woman's posts were either some crazy, Bible-thumper stuff or complaining about her job & coworkers.  The other was some kid who kept posting pics of himself speeding on his motorcycle (lots of shots of his speedometer, with the needle pinned at 100+), and how he was collecting unemployment & working under the table for his father.  For me, I never cared what someone did in their free time but if they're stupid enough to post moronic stuff on a public site and not figure out how to fix the privacy settings, I wasn't about to send them to a client.
 
2013-01-02 11:15:51 AM
You know what's even crazyier than a Google search? Before I started my new job here, I had to undergo a full background check. Now, for the record, I have nothing to worry about. But it was still pretty wild seeing the results. The sent me a PDF file with the enitre list of findings.

The had every place I'd ever worked, every place I'd ever lived. The even had my wife's address before we were married! I don't know where they dug that up considered I never really lived there. They also had my driving record. I have negative points because it's been so long since I got a ticket. That was kinda cool to see.
 
2013-01-02 11:27:06 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img585.imageshack.us image 400x331]
Good luck taking this one back


That pic is fine for a job prospect, would hire both of them immediately.
 
2013-01-02 11:31:50 AM
I've been extremely vigilant about keeping my name off of Google searches and the internet in general. Google me? You got nothin'. The fact that an extremely newsworthy mad bomber and bank robber shares my name and eats up the first 5+ pages of searches doesn't hurt, either (I can't be confused for him, since he exploded).
 
2013-01-02 11:40:50 AM
Give me a first and last and a single clue and I could find any one of you in ten minutes and tell you what color socks you had on. You think Google is the gatekeeper? Google is the LAST resort for professional information seekers. It's the cream of the crud. Pathetic, this thread is.
 
2013-01-02 11:47:14 AM

miss diminutive: Agarista: OK, how many people googled their name after reading that?

Has anyone never googled themselves? For years the first result for me was a link to the local paper where my name was in a story about my 8th grade science fair.

/tested optimal windmill blade numbers
//finished 3rd


Anish Bhattacharya, is that you?
 
2013-01-02 11:47:22 AM

bilk2455: The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img585.imageshack.us image 400x331]
Good luck taking this one back

That pic is fine for a job prospect, would hire both of them immediately.


How long have you been running the Donkey Show?
 
2013-01-02 11:48:06 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img585.imageshack.us image 400x331]
Good luck taking this one back


They are still dressed. Why take back that one?

I have far worse to take back. Did that nightclub in Tijuana have video cameras when I danced on the pole after way too many shots of tequila? How about my time on the mechanical bull?
 
2013-01-02 11:51:40 AM
Googled myself many times now and before to make sure and nothing shows up. I don't use my last name on FB, used a baby picture of myself in case someone guesses that it may be me, have a professional email I use, etc.

It's not that hard. My name is pretty unique, even. A search of my name pulls up only myself and then a few people from the Philippines (not Filipino nor is my name...weird).
 
2013-01-02 12:00:45 PM
i just googled myself and found out that one of those identity search websites has me listed as the wrong gender.
 
2013-01-02 12:02:31 PM

Agarista: OK, how many people googled their name after reading that?


The funniest thing is the nicknames my clones have. Fark ("Snooker") Rye? I hope you're playing pool and that's not a JS ref dumbass.
 
2013-01-02 12:06:01 PM

pute kisses like a man: i just googled myself and found out that one of those identity search websites has me listed as the wrong gender.


They've kissed you before.
 
2013-01-02 12:08:16 PM
The only other guy that shows up in Google searches that has the same name as me is a pro surfer. I am perfectly willing to let people confuse me with him? "Man, Pumpernickel Bread looks a little pasty to be a big time surfer. Maybe he uses really good sunscreen"
 
2013-01-02 12:13:37 PM
Man, I am so glad I never got so much into social networking (especially Facebook). Even more glad that I figured out early on that the intertubes NEVER forgets anything, thus never posting pictures of myself online.
 
2013-01-02 12:19:47 PM
In my case they were Polaroids which faded to nothing several years ago. I've been online since 1994 and they haven't turned up yet.

Sometimes I think that's too bad: they could have proven I was once talented at something.
 
2013-01-02 12:23:47 PM

CygnusDarius: My results are... Facebook, Google+, some 9gag comments via Facebook, some news comments via Facebook, Herpes forum... Wait, what!?.

 
2013-01-02 12:25:05 PM
I came here hoping to see some of the "cute co-ed's sequential fellating of the fraternity boys" photos and am disappoint.
 
2013-01-02 12:28:18 PM
Hey! That was for charity!
 
2013-01-02 12:38:09 PM

AngryJailhouseFistfark: I came here hoping to see some of the "cute co-ed's sequential fellating of the fraternity boys" photos and am disappoint.


We would if we could but here's the sequence of events that would happen:

1.- Mods start removing photos
2.- Mods go berserk with the banhammer
3.- Thread locked
 
2013-01-02 12:40:29 PM
global3.memecdn.com
 
2013-01-02 12:41:13 PM
Boy, it sure is a great thing that there's no way to cache the internet or anything...

lonewolflibrarian.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-02 12:41:56 PM
The other Pyynks are a lawyer, doctor, and a photographer. Man, I'm *really* dragging the curve down.
 
2013-01-02 12:42:19 PM

Shakespeare's Sister: The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img585.imageshack.us image 400x331]
Good luck taking this one back

They are still dressed. Why take back that one?

I have far worse to take back. Did that nightclub in Tijuana have video cameras when I danced on the pole after way too many shots of tequila? How about my time on the mechanical bull?


As someone who grew up in El Paso TX. That statement is quite true for my friends and I. luckily there were no camera phones back then.
 
2013-01-02 12:42:31 PM
According to Google, i was a mormon college professor in Utah, and then i died.

huh.
 
2013-01-02 12:43:12 PM
FTFA: Syracuse, Rochester and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore are among the universities that offer such online tools to their students free of charge, realizing ill-considered Web profiles of drunken frat parties, prank videos and worse can doom graduates to a lifetime of unemployment - even if the pages are somebody else's with the same name.

Holy fark, but hiring managers are idiots.
 
2013-01-02 12:46:14 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: CygnusDarius: My results are... Facebook, Google+, some 9gag comments via Facebook, some news comments via Facebook, Herpes forum... Wait, what!?.


I don't really know what is wrong with 9gag, it's -in the boss' way to see things- like Fark. The last one is a spoof, though.
 
2013-01-02 12:57:42 PM

eas81: Shakespeare's Sister: The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img585.imageshack.us image 400x331]
Good luck taking this one back

They are still dressed. Why take back that one?

I have far worse to take back. Did that nightclub in Tijuana have video cameras when I danced on the pole after way too many shots of tequila? How about my time on the mechanical bull?

As someone who grew up in El Paso TX. That statement is quite true for my friends and I. luckily there were no camera phones back then.


Yes. . .good for me that there were no cell phone cameras. There were digital, but erased when no one is looking and good for me. Good times. I hated getting in bed just in time to hear the alarm clock go off. Those were some long work days.
 
2013-01-02 01:07:05 PM
Googling me would lead someone to think that I play lots and lots of video games. Which is entirely true.

/not sure if bad
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-02 01:19:58 PM
I'm told I once testified in support of Clarence Thomas, or spoke favorably to the media about him. I am not sure if I ever got or lost a job because of that.

Or they could teach them how not to be stupid in the first place, before handing over a degree.

It's not just "stupid." Anything that professional HR nitpickers might dislike is a candidate for scrubbing. I knew an MBA student who made cool SF-related things (like costumes), but she didn't want me to mention her by name on the internet in connection with any of them. MBAs are supposed to be conservative and businesslike. Some hiring manager or HR screener might Google her and say "she's one of those science fiction loving weirdos, no thanks."
 
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