Tuesday, March 15, 2011

They should have a social network class in school

Okay, I'm a bit behind the times and only recently was introduced to this post by a UCLA girl who obviously didn't think things through before she posted her video on YouTube and onto the WWW.  Being of Chinese decent, I can relate to a lot of things she is saying, and she does have a point that the FOBs aren't the most considerate bunch of individuals. But as we see with today's media, things can be VERY easily twisted around.

Fortunately, when I was young, there was no internet, social networks, and if I do something really, really stupid (all of us have at some point in our lives), the damage is localized and contained.  In this new frontier, pretty much anything you (or anyone else) posts online will quickly spread... everywhere. So think twice the next time you want to post something that may be viewed in the wrong light.

I don't think most people in college or high school really understands how much this can potentially hurt them later on in life.  They really should replace that silly home education class with a social network class explaining to students what things they should (and should not) do online, along with the risks involved and how to manage their image and reputation online.

For example, any individual I interview usually gets Googled.  If pictures of the job applicant appears anywhere online in an unfavorable light, they usually do not get hired.  This includes "modeling" pictures, pictures of them drunk and pass out somewhere, or anything that could be a potential HR nightmare later on down the road.

This also applies to individuals who are applying to graduate school, etc.  The best bet is to actively manage your online image so it is squeaky clean, or if you don't want to bother, not have an online profile at all.

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