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Ugh. I hated the whole article when I read it. Okay, okay I understand when applying for jobs I'm going to be Googled, thats fine, I expect that. Working in the social media, online community industry I monitor what I post to my own personal accounts a bit more than the average person, but Social Intelligence I think has crossed a line.

The article even says they are referencing things like groups on FB, followed by this statement a few more lines down: "Things that you can’t ask in an interview are the same things you can’t research" But isn't that exactly what they are doing? They are passing judgment on something they very well could have read wrong.

They also mention a user who has several photos with firearms, since when did we loose the right to bear arms?! This users hobbies could be something as simple as being an avid deer hunter, and yet he's being thrown into the non-hire pile because Social Intelligence is diggin where they shouldn't.


You can always fake your own death on Facebook, which should confuse anyone looking for you. Then create a completely new persona. Maybe there is a business opportunity.

E Bogue

The web site indicates that the employer has to 'set up' the check by entering data from the resume. Nothing indicates that Social Intelligence will not sell that information - which may include things a person has never put online - so that it becomes "publicly available" through no fault of one's own.


Self-googling myself shows that there are already sites that aggregate information. (As a scientist with a whose name is on a few articles, I have a bit of a trail.) I don't know about the site described in the NYT article, but the sites I have seen have incomplete information (a PubMed search would be more revealing) and some of them have information on others with the same name. According to the latter, I run marathons and have won an Emmy!


As a practising lawyer, please allow me to say that you are absolutely correct in your last statement. What's puzzling is why everyone else doesn't give up what they're doing and just become a member of the set denoted, 'true winners'? [irony off]

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