comments please!

i’m putting together something to present to students at student success day on how what they put out on the internet stays on the internet. a couple things, though.

1. i am of the theory that if any employer asks me for my fb/twitter logins, i walk out of the interview.

2. relevant xkcd:

i find it hard to explain how to strike a balance. on the one hand, use some common sense! badmouthing rctc every single day is not going to look that great on your public twitter profile when/if you go in for an interview at rctc. on the other, don’t stifle your opinions, ideas, and identity because your employer wants its hands in your private life.

give me your opinion and ideas. i want to know what you think about internet use and private vs. public info.

3 thoughts on “comments please!

  1. i think the internet is going to change how we view the posts people made when they were 22. i’m hoping it becomes more socially acceptable to keep pictures of drunk college students on the web because, let’s face it! we were all drunk in college. get over it. that has no bearing on my ability to make decisions as a not drunk 30 year old with years of work experience.

    on the flip side though, if you’re working for a company, especially as a representative of the company (HR, PR, sales rep, whatever), realize that even though your twitter feed is entirely you and not representative of the company you work for, if you tweet about how you’re hoping you won’t get AIDS in africa because you’re white, you’re gonna have a bad time (insert southpark meme here). ESPECIALLY if your twitter feed is obviously you. there’s a reason i never dyed my hair purple in indiana. my job position meant i could be on tv at any given time. representing the red cross with purple hair on local television didn’t exactly speak to my professionalism… it’s also why my twitter feed and my blog don’t contain my name. although it wouldn’t be hard to find me if you have any kind of internet sleuthing skills.

  2. “we were all drunk in college. get over it. that has no bearing on my ability to make decisions as a not drunk 30 year old with years of work experience.”

    THIS. i don’t understand how crappy phone pics of you drunk off your butt at your 21st birthday should in any way hinder your job possibilities. EVERYONE has those pics.

  3. i think public rep of a company also could rely on what your job is within the company. for instance, i would get away more easily with purple hair and visible tattoos than the rctc president could. it shouldn’t MATTER, but it does.

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