The Measure of a Man or Woman

The measure of a man or woman lies in the state of their social media accounts.

You can Google someone, and most of us do, especially when they consider someone for hire. But here are some reasons why you may want to make your decisions based on what a person does in Facebook or Twitter, rather than what’s on Google.

  1. Every artist, entrepreneur, and business active on the Internet will manipulate anything and everything for good SEO (search engine optimization).
  2. Cyberbullies: no one is immune and if they choose to ruin your digital footprint with false claims, there is nothing you can do to remove it.
  3. Fan sites, fake sites, and opinion sites: you can’t control someone else’s posts or opinions.

You might think a social site is only for personal connections but more and more, employers, the media, and law enforcement are using them to really see what you’re all about. If you troll and Debbie Downer other people’s feeds, if you cyberbully, if you rant racism, hate on the government, tell everyone they’re going to hell if they don’t subscribe to your religion — would YOU hire you?

Adjust those privacy settings all you want, but if you are posting your things and thoughts in other people’s websites (you don’t own Google, Facebook, or Twitter, or even your blog — see what happens when you don’t renew your domain or hosting accounts), your nasty stuff will get seen eventually.

If your social sites are respectful, engaging, entertaining, and you control it from others posting their trash on your wall, then maybe you might be a candidate after all.

Just know that employers ARE vetting you on Facebook.

Originally posted on December 2, 2015. Debbie Elicksen.