Time magazine reported in the Aug. 20 issue that 12% of employers admit to consulting social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace for help with their hiring practices. Of those, 63% declined to hire someone because of what they found. The major deal breakers were criminal activity and faked qualifications.
This caused me to think about what my online presence says about me. Obviously, I’m not given to a lot of criminal activity, so that’s not an issue. As for my qualifications, they’re easily checked out so there’s no need for untruths there. I’d love to say I have a doctorate in some complex field, but that’s not the case and I just don’t think I could pull it off. What if someone asked me to actually explain relativity beyond, “time isn’t linear.” I’d be in big trouble. I understand it, but I can’t explain it and I certainly can’t do the math.
I don’t think my Facebook or MySpace pages say much of anything about me, but the blog tells everything about my life that I’m willing to share, which is what I consider to be a “normal” amount of things you would share with people you’re having conversation with. I have finally learned that there’s a reason they call it a “private” life, and try to keep some parts of my life private. Besides, I’ve also realized that no one really wants to hear about your personal life. If you’re happy, most people don’t want to hear about it. If you’re not happy, people really don’t want to hear about it.
Last night at the United Way event, I had two people I don’t know mention they read my blog. It’s always fun to meet readers. One of these shocked me – I would never have expected this person to read my blog, but he seems to read regularly. People are full of surprises.