June 10th, 2006

Why the Social Networking Backlash WILL Happen


A generation is about to learn the hard way about the downside of posting your entire life online. An article in the Times shows the tip of the iceberg:

Many companies that recruit on college campuses have been using search engines like Google and Yahoo to conduct background checks on seniors looking for their first job. But now, college career counselors and other experts say, some recruiters are looking up applicants on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Xanga and Friendster, where college students often post risqué or teasing photographs and provocative comments about drinking, recreational drug use and sexual exploits in what some mistakenly believe is relative privacy.

Young people may be naive but they are not stupid.

The generation just hitting puberty will watch the class ahead of them get screwed out of college admissions and job offers as a result of too much online social networking.

And they won’t make the same mistake.

  • In Japan, I haven't heard such a case you say but I think it will be often. But some recruiter begin to seek people who meet their need.

    Here is my post reflecting this post.
    a Japanese famous snowborderfaced a problem by the SNS

  • Scott

    I think that people don't realize how much of data their private data they are willing make it public and thus losing an ownership on it. I am pretty sure that what you said ( the backlash) is going to happen. What I find rather interesting in this all is that opens a nice huge market gap with oppurtunities for innovators to create a ton of value. We need solution which would help people reclaim their data ( remove all the traces ) from public domain like MySpace, facebook & even google for that matter. An important thing that i belive people should do is that they should data which they are ok making it public.

    Here is my post reflecting thoughts on this http://rajan.wordpress.com/200...


  • interstar

    My guess is that all those recreational drug and sex users who didn't get jobs will be forced to start their own companies and will start hiring social-software savvy kids pretty soon after that.

  • Derek, 10 years is a long time at this rapid pace of change. 10 years from now anyone dumb enough to let it all hang out in public won't be considered for a job by those who are making that mistake now and who will consider it rank amateurish in the future.

  • In 10 years, the people who are getting screwed today will be the ones making hiring decisions. They'll brush off stupid stuff on MySpace the way hiring managers today brush off frat parties and pot smoking as youthful indiscretions.

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