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Social Networking Sites in General
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Social Networking Sites in General
Did you know that The Flintstones were the first American couple to be seen in bed together on TV, or that up to 50% of attractive profiles on dating sites are fake. Censorship is impossible in the internet age, morality all but absent from the puritan days of the 1950s. You can be who you want to be online, and that includes your social networking persona, the real me nothing like the one I present through my online thumbprint. But you just can't have the use of these innovative and clever social network sites for nothing as there is always a price to pay. The saying goes that if you can join an internet service or website for free then you are the product, advertisers probing your privacy what the social networking model is really about. People who moan about a behemoth like Facebook wanting your habits and secrets to sell and encourage advertising are those same idiots who think you get something for nothing in life. What else would Facebook be for? For example, if you take medication for an undeclared condition or have a criminal record and you have blabbed it on Facebook you can bet your life that your current insurance brokers will find about it through data mining and up goes your premium, whether its true or not.
When it comes to Facebook and employment it's me who tends to exploit the employer. If you have an interview confirmed with a company and you want to get the edge then Facebook is a very useful tool. Tap in the companies name and then look the 'Friends' bit to see if the person who sent you the email' is there and then a bit of anonymous skullduggery to get them to add you and away you go! Normally it's they, or the boss, who will interview you. If not then tap in the sender's personal email to the Facebook search engine and you may get their account that way. This is also a useful ploy if your current boss is doing your head in or Human Resources are thinking about constructive dismissal, dirt gathered this way always helpful to have in your corner. Infomatation is power. I remember getting one job purely on knowing the boss was a Portsmouth fan from his Facebook page and going from there in the interview.
Most of the time people are not so much employed on their experience or skills or what's ranted on Facebook but their appearance, social class and likeability. Like any relationship, people like people they have things in common with. First impressions are everything and they will often employ people with lesser experience or skills because they are more attractive or personable than the superior academic applicants, decisions made in as little as the first 30 seconds of the interview if they feel you are one of them, or not, as the case may be. Do single male bosses entertain the idea that I may want to bonk my new secretary one day and so may as well employ a cute one, a peep at their Facebook page to see them in a bikini a must? They also use barcode scanners now to thin the pile of CVs down quickly and so no real need for HR to log on to Facebook to thin it some more. Your CV post-code, not you outrageous political views, will decide your fete first.
Peeing on employees
As far as companies checking on employees lifestyles and practices through social networks go I suspect it does go on but not that decisive or widespread. I think most employers expect their staff to slag off their bosses and companies at some point and get drunk too much after work and so will let those picture and threads go. And top end employers who maybe acting detrimental to their company by passing information to the enemy are hardly likely to do it on Facebook. The really smart ones (or bloody creeps) will only say gushing things on their Facebook timeline about work if they suspect their boss is reading it. I don't think the peeping is that a bigger issue unless they are looking for a reason to sack you, racist or homophobic comments on your timeline reason enough. If they don't want to fire you and you are doing a good job then they won't care what you say online. But hey, you could always print of your bosses similar comments on their timeline!
What's more worrying is the power being acquired by employers and people like the DHSS to probe your emails and correspondence. If a company you work for - directly or indirectly - suspects you are conspiring with another employer that's detrimental to their business they can legally probe your emails. If the dole suspects you are not actually applying for jobs you said you went for they can legally ask the employer to send a transcript of your email as proof, a disturbing development as one or two of these incidents could force a 13 week sanction without money or the sack from your job for whatever reason. This employer probing is happening more and more and rarely challenged in court, many governments using post 91l terrorism acts and rules to implement sweeping surveillance laws that are somewhat detrimental to their citizens. If a CCTV camera is allowed to issue a parking ticket without the driver even knowing he or she was in a restricted area than you have to question what the new laws are really all about. My worry is this information is being gathered by governments to sell to big business. Is it not the case that cowboy clampers could by your car registration details from Swansea DVLC for a tenner to chase up that unreasonable and often illegal cash demand?
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