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This is a great excerpt from the referenced article: Fired on Facebook: 
http://www.brazencareerist.com/2009/08/16/when-the-boss-invades-facebook
http://blog.brand-yourself.com/2009/fired-on-facebook/

The importance of a personal brand is seldom well explained to juniors, and aspiring middle level careerists. It is nonetheless real. I certainly wish that I had done more of this in my mid 20s. I have had to involve HR on social networking related work posts with significant outcomes on more than a single occassion. 

FYI, my firm blocks are SNW execpt for DT.   

Date: 2009-08-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missingvolume.livejournal.com
One friend had to rename his LJ and lock it all down because someone didn't like that he had a shirtless photo of himself on it and he is a grad student instructor. As for myself I really don't post personal stuff to my LJ. Now facebook I play a ton of games but there I don't do any work stuff really.

Date: 2009-08-17 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-jaywalker.livejournal.com
'SNW', 'DT', 'firm blocks' ? No comprende those terms/acronyms, although that might be partly due to present 95degF heat slowing my brain.

But, good article. I've always had a fairly high security-consciousness, and I've heard enough *bad* stories about mixing personal and professional lives even before Facebook... I suppose the question that comes to mind is, sure, it's possible to be a retarded careless moron... but is that level of stupidity really all that common?

Well, surprisingly, yes.

Date: 2009-08-17 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratseal.livejournal.com
My second PA (a) left her FB unlocked and under her (b) real name and (c) posted topless photos of herself. It took the office crew of cutthroats and scallywags about 10 minutes after she walked in to look her up, and another 30 minutes to tell me about it, slavering.

I had the senior PA have a discreet word, but the damage was done.

I had a young engineer employee include in their publicly viewable profile that they got high weekly. That one I had to refer to a background agency, but that person volitionally left after we disclosed the ongoing background check.

Re: Well, surprisingly, yes.

Date: 2009-08-17 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-jaywalker.livejournal.com
I can actually see a value in something like indiscreet Facebook photos - think of it as a security bozo-filter. Careless idiot got busted over harmless-to-the-company personal photos, as opposed to... well, I imagine as your PA, some pretty confidential (of interest to competitors or evil types, or just the media) information would cross your desk and therefore hers.

One assumes she embarrassedly turned in her notice a few days later?

I'd have less of an issue with engineers getting stoned (if at home) - at my last regular company (left at the end of May `07), probably more of the Boston office *did* use illicit stuff than didn't. Still, that was a tech startup, not a company with major security interests, and the same "people who are careless with personal data are likely to be careless with company data" thing definitely applies.

It comes to mind that while everybody at aforementioned company knew that at least a third of the office were potheads and that if the CEO didn't do pot or acid *now*, he certainly had pretty regularly in the past... you couldn't have found a jot in writing about it, anywhere.

Maybe in personal LJs and the like - but those (like mine) would have had zero identifying data that Google could connect to the person's real name, email-addy-on-resume, and so on.

Depends...

Date: 2009-08-17 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratseal.livejournal.com
... if you run a services company, and your clients elect to get stroppy over something, and can prove that you knowingly hired drug users and did not disclose that - and you were working on security related projects... I'm sure that you can see the complications lining up in Brooks Bros suits to file their subpoenas.

Date: 2009-08-18 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratseal.livejournal.com
SNW = Social NetWorking sites.

DT = double team, as in DP. What I meant to say was LI, which means Linked In. We allow that so our execs can find their next jobs.

Buried again

Date: 2009-08-19 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] webbiegrrl.livejournal.com
SNW is one I have never heard of anywhere, sorry.

I completely forgot about LinkedIn (which I joined 5 or 6 years ago, I think, 2003 or 2005, around the time I got back from Israel) Until this past year, my LinkedIn profile had ONLY work-related stuff and since I wasn't working (since 2005) while I was "being a full-time writer" it was an interesting exercise in staying active without saying too much of nothing.

LI is definitely where "branding one's professional self" becomes relevant. It's a site where, if you work the system, it can actually work for you -- but you have to be a LinkedIn Network Maven to make it work for you. I have a couple of contacts there who have thousands in their networks and actually do "know" who those thousands are! I'm lucky if I know my 20 or 30 or however many I have.

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