If you haven’t stumbled upon it already, take a look at Jeffrey Rosen’s piece in the NY Times from a couple of weeks ago, “The Web Means the End of Forgetting.” Rosen is a legal scholar and his piece reflects that, but it goes beyond matters of law and regulation to reflect on the nature of identity itself in a world saturated by social media. It is full of interesting insights, statistics, and anecdotes.
Among those interesting statistics:
According to a recent survey by Microsoft, 75 percent of U. S. recruiters and human-resource professionals report that their companies require them to do online research about candidates, and many use a range of sites when scrutinizing applicants — including search engines, social-networking sites, photo- and video-sharing sites, personal Web sites and blogs, Twitter and online-gaming sites.
No surprise there, but there’s more.
Seventy percent of U. S. recruiters report that they have rejected candidates because of information found online, like photos and discussion board conversations and membership in controversial groups.
It seems the Department of Labor may need a new statistic to chart social-media induced unemployment.