Recently I was on Youtube.com and a video came on about Ellen DeGeneres searching the Facebook profiles of her audience. It was funny, naughty and probably embarrassing to those being found to be compromised.
I don’t think it’s right or fair for employers to search the Facebook and Social Media Profiles of Employees and potential employees but the reality is that people do search, make judgments and decisions based on what is seen. As a remedy, of course you could set the privacy settings on your Facebook page but to be on the safe side just don’t post anything which could be misinterpreted even if it’s harmless fun. Another option is to spend one day or two to review all of your profile photos and delete the ones which are not a good representation of yourself. What about your tags and friends who post on your wall? Well there are settings for those as well. You can prevent persons from posting on your page and you can un-tag yourself from posts and photos as they arise. Depending on the size of your social network this may be a lot of work and may require discipline and diligence which may be time consuming. If you don’t have that time you may also wish to consider deleting your Facebook profile as the very last option. Even though from time to time we go through a Social Media Cleanse, deleting or pausing your profile may hurt. Social Media and Facebook in Particular has become a big part of our lives. It’s hard to believe that several people in the world grew up and lived well without Facebook, but now if you or your business doesn’t have a Social Media Profile then you practically don’t exist.
If the difference between you and a job or higher income is what is on your Facebook or other social media profiles then we suggest that re-examine your views on Social Media and clean your profiles.