Can comments you post online adversely affect your job prospects?

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by DesuMaiden, Jul 8, 2014.

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  1. DesuMaiden

    DesuMaiden Registered Member

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    I've posted some pretty politically controversial and inflammatory comments. I just hope future employees aren't searching for my comments online to screen me out for political correctness or some other stupid HR hiring tool.
     
  2. Minimalist

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    Did you post them registered under your real name?
     
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    Unless they track your IP address.
     
  4. DesuMaiden

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    Nope but I do use the same username on many sites.
     
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    If you didn't reveal your real name and you're not going to apply for a job in some agency, you shouldn't worry too much.
     
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    This sort of comes under the thread you already posted, Desu. You may want to keep it to that thread. However, employers are even more of a threat than the government as far as flagging you/taking away your job. IP addresses don't have anything to do with it, nor really does posting under your real name. Here in the U.S, employers have been demanding your login to social websites for some time now. This is often before you even get the job. Teachers have been fired for posting religious and political comments on their personal Twitters and Facebooks, people have been fired for posting pictures of themselves at parties, and, hilariously enough, pro cheerleaders have been kicked off several NFL teams for posting negative comments about the team they are working for..years before they ever became cheerleaders. That's right, they've been fired..for being fans. That's the kind of world you live in now, and it's only getting worse.
     
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    That's just plain bad security, you should know better than that as a Wilders member :thumbd::p
     
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    To give a short answer, yes they can, i've seen several news articles where online comments have played a role. Though most of the comments could be connected to the persons facebook profile, it's probably not so easy with a forum username.

    I guess you could Google around to see what you find. :)
     
  9. DesuMaiden

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    Nope but I do use the same username on many sites.
     
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    Another reason FB is evil.
     
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    Facebook is complete and utter fascism. I don't even use it. There is nothing good about facebook, other than it being a convenient spying tool for your employers and spying agencies.
     
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    I use to use a different username for every site I signed up for (not for security purposes but for cosmetic reasons), but after signing up for too many sites, I just stuck to a handful of usernames. I'm at least smart enough to not use my real name on the Internet ever.
     
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    Sometimes I wonder how much my bounty is for the crazy comments I have made on the internet. :argh:
     
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    Also consider whether data brokers might have "interesting" data on you.
     
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    It's expected to have accounts on the top social networking sites. So it's good to have them, for innocent chatter with family and friends. Use them to build your wholesome image and network for career development.

    But there must be no links to anything "interesting".
     
  16. DesuMaiden

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    I don't even use Facebook anymore, so I don't see how they can gather anymore data on me. Plus, I deleted all hidden facebook cookies with the Advance Cookie Manager for Firefox, so that the browser I used for Facebook can't monitor my internet activities on other sites.
     
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    CompuersRock: I've posted some pretty politically controversial and inflammatory comments. I just hope future employees aren't searching for my comments online to screen me out for political correctness or some other stupid HR hiring tool.

    Depends on what kind of employment you are seeking. From your comments you seem perfectly suited to political commentary or the entertainment industry. Your online past may help you get a job., e.g. Rosie O'Donnell. Being edgy and outspoken appeals to certain employers. I think you like drama :rolleyes:, yes? In a interview if you are asked about your online activity come with a printout of your best stuff and say yes, this is what I have enjoyed participating in ... I love to engage people. You will disarm any HR person and you may even impress them.

    Employers will find fewer and fewer candidates available to fill positions if they rely too heavily on scanning the internet, especially social media sites, to weed out prospective employees. If you are prone to raging rants on a regular basis you are probably unemployable anyway. Self employment is always an option.
     
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    I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account. Never have and never will.
     
  19. DesuMaiden

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    That was the answer I was looking for. Thanks.
     
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    Facebook also has profiles of people who are not Facebook members.

    There are other ways of tracking than cookies. See There is no such thing as anonymous online tracking (article) + Q&A.
     
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    Unless any of these comments made a derogatory reference to any person or company you should be ok.
     
  22. DesuMaiden

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    Yes. But I don't use Facebook on the same browser as all of my other browsing activities. I use Facebook on Google chrome and all of my other browsing activities are on Mozilla "Firefox".
     
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    LOL :)
     
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