Ever since Web 2.0 debuted and powerhouse sites like Facebook and MySpace became all the rage, we’ve seen, heard and read about images and reputations being ruined because of indiscreet postings.
And, yet, college kids continue to do irreparable damage to themselves. The latest example is a group of party-hardy co-eds who not only post photographs and videos of themselves vomiting and urinating in public, but also publish their names and colleges affiliations. And, when confronted, these young women actually defend their activities.
Facebook’s ‘Thirty reasons girls should call it a night’ has every drunken and debauched antic captured for one and all to see. And, the featured co-eds think it’s cool (‘It’s just something fun to do,’ said one. ‘You need to be able to laugh at yourself.’).
What don’t these young women get about the web? Do they not realize future employers will check the sites? Do they not realize they’re doing themselves irreparable harm?
Finding the ideal job can be a daunting challenge for
any new or soon-to-be graduate. So, just imagine trying to justify one
of these Facebook postings in an interview…
Employer: ‘So, tell me Jane, what were you thinking when
you posted this photo of you lying in the fetal position next to a
Jane: ‘Oh that. I know how to separate work and personal time, and I
have no intentions of being wrapped around a toilet at work.’ (Actual
Employer: ‘Thanks Jane. Don’t call us. We’ll call you.’
The digital age giveth and the digital age taketh away. College kids be warned: the brand you destroy may very well be your own.
Thanks to Dandy Stevenson for the idea.