From Staff Writer Lawrence Evans.
This is an eye-opening article that should be read and thoughtfully considered before posting about your breakups or your previous employer:
A stroll on Facebook will give you all the latest updates from tons of online friends around the world. Many of the comments, posts and updates at times can seem inappropriate and full of information that the world doesn’t need to know. Remember the days when you actually had to be a college student to even be allowed on the site? Now your grandmother and your five year old sibling are requesting to be friends with you! Are they really ready for your updates?
Think twice before pushing the update button. People other than your “friends” might be seeing what you’re broadcasting to the world. Many jobs are using social media as a way to hire new employees. According to a 2009 article by Oregon Business Report, an estimated forty-five percent of employers use social media sites to monitor job applicants. Not only does this process bring up many legal factors to consider, it also plays a major part in the issue of ethics as well. How do we govern ourselves online? Now that the same tools that were constructed to be forms of entertainment are also being used to decide whether are not we get the careers that we went to school for, will it change the way we approach and use the site? Should we show our true faces and continue using clever lingo safely behind our computer screens or is it now OK to follow a certain code of ethics?
The news feed section of facebook gets more outrageous as the days pass. Now that it may start affecting your job, will you choose to tone it down?