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Consequences of Online Activity

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A summary highlighting key takeaways  from recent research report by Microsoft, “Online Reputation in a Connected World” (2010). 

“An online reputation is the publicly held social evaluation of a person based on his or her behavior,

what he or she posts, and what others (such as individuals, groups, and Web services) share about the

person on the Internet…  

and has become a significant factor in making hiring decisions.(taken directly from Microsoft 2010 study).

“Significance” in Numerical Terms: 

  • 75% of U.S. recruiters report “online research” as a standard in evaluating potential job candidates
  • 70% have eliminated a job candidate due to negative, or even questionable, online findings
  • 75% have been hired a job candidate due to positive online findings
  • disparity in that only 30-35% candidates report actively managing their online identities
  • only 15% of candidates even thought their online repuatation could actually influence their getting a job

Where Recruiters are Looking (some of the most common “sources” for recruiters from most frequent to less frequent):

    • search engines (Google, Yahoo…)
    • social networking sites (Facebook, Myspace, etc)
    • picture & video sharing sites (Flicker, etc)
    • personal webpages & blogs
    • forums and online communities
    • social gaming istes and virtual realities

And, More Importantly, What They’re Looking At (topics reported ‘significant’ by recruiters, again from most frequent to less frequent):

    • concerns about candidate’s lifestyle
    • inappropriate language/text written by candidate
    • inappropriate pictures posted by candidate
    • inappropriate language/text & pictures posted by friends/relatives of candidate
    • found incongruence (falsehoods presented) in online presentation and interview/resume presentation
    • concerns about poor communication skills online!!
To download full PDF Report from Microsoft visit http://search.microsoft.com/Results.aspx?q=survey+hiring+recruiters+online+75&x=0&y=0&mkt=en-US&FORM=QBME1&l=1&refradio=0&qsc0=0. (Its the first listed link on the page)

 

 

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Online activity can affect all aspects of your life, especially your personal life. Inappropriate or offensive posts can break up relationships, cause others to dislike you, challenge the values that you “say” you have, expose your “true self” to family and friends, and sometimes make you seem less intelligent than you really are. It is extremely important for us to think about these long-term effects that the Internet can have on our lives.

This web article takes a closer look at some specific personal consequences of being active online:
http://www.examiner.com/teachable-moments-in-shreveport/consequences-for-online-activity

 

 

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Due to the permanence of everything that is posted online, whether on Facebook or even a simple Google search, it is important to be aware of the possible legal consequences of your actions. Nothing can ever be completely private or deleted. This means everything you post on or download from the Internet could possibly be held against you later in life. Things that people have posted online, Googled, or downloaded have, in some cases, been used as evidence against them in a court of law. It is so simple to just type a few words and press search without realizing the possible implications of the search. Be aware that your online activity CAN and WILL be held against you legally if need be!

For information on specific cases, visit these links:

A suicide case caused by cyberbullying:   http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/01/phoebe_prince_15_commits_suici.php

A more recent case where a Google search was used against the defendant: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/23/casey-anthony-cindy-anthony-chloroform-google-wikipedia_n_883541.html#s294277&title=Casey_Anthony_Personal

 


 

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