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Sybille Scherer

Sybille Scherer

Wizard at making things.

I make things.

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  • As someone welcomed to the ranks of Facebook in its early campuses-only model, I saw the impact of "impulsive" social posting early on when classmates were getting turned down for work positions due to the "lifestyle they advertise through social media" (ie. partying, marijuana use, BDSM interest, strong political views on either side, you name it....) If you put it there, it can be found, and back then employers found it to be a wonderful new tool in vetting applicants, as we were veiled in a false

    As someone welcomed to the ranks of Facebook in its early campuses-only model, I saw the impact of "impulsive" social posting early on when classmates were getting turned down for work positions due to the "lifestyle they advertise through social media" (ie. partying, marijuana use, BDSM interest, strong political views on either side, you name it....) If you put it there, it can be found, and back then employers found it to be a wonderful new tool in vetting applicants, as we were veiled in a false sense of community, camaraderie, and privacy from those outside our peer group.

    Are companies in the wrong to turn these people down for employment because of what they do outside of business hours? These companies are concerned with protecting their brand. Now these employees have become an extension of that brand. It's their safer bet to just say no.

    Be more cognizant of what you're posting. Respect the privacy and future of those too young to make those choices. Take steps to protect your own privacy. Teach your children good habits and respect from the start. Not everything is meant to be shared with the world. And not everything is yours to share.

    Think twice before you hit submit.

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