Tom Murphy – Murphy's Law

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July 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Social Media

A busy July, what’s that all about? 

Why isn’t everyone off on holidays?

Facebook’s rapid adoption among us old (>30 it appears) people continues.

I enjoyed this WSJ story via Kevin Dugan… the mortification of your old thirty-something boss hanging out in Facebook… of course our revenge is the job interview… hahahaha… or maybe not.

Stuart has a link to a story on out-law.com where an IP expert claims that your employer might be able to take ownership of your social networking identity in certain circumstances:

“If a social networking site is used to hold any information which relates to your employment, if that information is prepared in the course of your employment you are dealing with company property,” said Turner.

[Allan Jenkins has an interesting post on the topic]

Of course we all (should) know by now that information is currency on the Internet and once it’s out there…. (from the WSJ):

Prospective employers also seem to have no compunction conducting searches on job applicants before they call them in for interviews. “We’ll Google them and I know that we’ve done MySpace searches,” says attorney Caroline Kert of prospective hires.

She’s mostly looking for slams against a former employer or exposed proprietary information. She says she’d never hold against applicants something like, say, a photo of them wearing a fur bikini. Good thing. Ms. Kert, a regular at the Burning Man Festival, has pictures of herself sporting just that on MySpace.

Kevin (who I am getting a little worried about) has also mapped the number of connections vs the length of membership between LinkedIn, MyRagan and Facebook – [he's doing better than me across the board I should add] and it confirms that Facebook has taken off incredibly quickly with us oldies in the past month or so. [No disrespect Kevin :-) ]

I think LinkedIn and Facebook serve different masters (though LinkedIn won’t like my synopsis].  At it’s best, LinkedIn is a very select networking tool where you can keep track of contacts changing locations and roles with very little maintenance.  Facebook on the other hand – if it’s to be used effectively – requires a lot more effort.

Neville also provides us with his perspective on the Facebook adoption curve.

Interesting stuff. 

PS:

Congratulations to Stuart on the official launch of his new agency Wolfstar!

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  • Sarah Stimson

    As a recruiter, searching for info on candidates on the internet is nothing new. The ease at which information is now freely available is mind blowing now though. Half our researchers will be out of a job soon ;). It’s not all bad news though. I set up PR Job Watch as a group on Facebook a few weeks ago and already we’ve placed a candidate in a job who approached us through that group. And she wasn’t a wee junior either, she’s a stonking £70k earner. (I have to put that in, as one of our competitors told me they wouldn’t use Facebook to look for talent as “only junior people go on there” – I beg to differ!). Anyway, we’re loving Facebook at the moment, it’s the recruitment darling. I am also on Linked In and Viadeo but they are much more effort to use, and with writing a blog, Facebooking and actually doing some work I just don’t have the time!

  • Kevin Dugan

    I’m hoping to land an endorsement from either a denture cream company or a dietary fiber supplement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamucil) with this whole Facebook thing. ;-)

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