More information than we thought

Taking a look at social networks we are very likely to talk about the positive effects and how we are linked to people around the world via a mouse click. We happily develop and expand our social network structure through private platforms like facebook or more formal ones like LinkedIn. Creating our own profile and sharing information is supposed to help to either stay in contact with friends or having an advantage to find a job through a network of employees online. But even through the structure of a social network can be considered as an advantage in many ways there of course exists a downside with possible negative side effects as well.

According to the article “Mind your facebook, 37% of Employers are watching”, the chance that a potentially hiring company will investigate your profile on a social network are higher than ever. Social medias and networks provide more information than the most people are aware of. Investigations have shown that companies pay attention whether the candidate sets up his or her profile on a professionally basis or not. It is shown that 51% of the companies are interested if the person fits in the companies culture, 51% want to know more about the qualification, 35% are looking for a well rounded individual and surprisingly only 12% are looking for reason why not to hire someone.

Since we have talked about social networks and the relationship information they provide we should also consider the data which can be found beside the simple linkages of nodes as well. As an example, not only the contacts (or nodes through edges) are connected in a social network, also friends linked together on a picture or a simple post of the current location can provide employers with information. Also a common foci can be indentified through such networks, which then can give further details of the social life and so on.

In general we can state that a social network is providing and collecting many information, not just reduced to the relationship among the users. That is why we should select our shared data very carefully, due to the fact that it contains more information than we usually expect at first thought and we never really know who is interested in our data as well.



3 thoughts on “More information than we thought”

  1. I’ve also read that not being visible on social media is bad. The idea is that you must have something to hide if you don’t maintain an online presence. This is obviously ridiculous, but it makes you wonder about where the equilibrium amount of un-professionalism on social media is. If you’re too unprofessional, you’re unattractive to employers for obvious reasons. But if you’re too professional you’re also unattractive to employers because you’re image doesn’t give them any information about you. it might also be perceived as lying. So where’s the happy medium?

    1. Even before this network class I have had discussions with people about Facebook and how employers can use it positively and negatively toward candidates. Some people tend to “live” on Facebook and post everything they do on it. I use Facebook very basically: to contact friends and family who have moved far away or if I don’t have someone’s phone number other than that I try not to use it because of the reasons you have listed above. It can be potentially harmful if you want to be hired. Although only 12 percent of employers are looking for a reason not to hire someone it doesn’t matter. If an employer is looking you up on Facebook their intent doesn’t matter at all. What matters is what’s on your page and if they are going to interpret it positively or negatively.

  2. I think you’ve put it nicely. We are some what related to a lot more people than we think we do. How many mutual friends we have on facebook is the only 1st tier of network. Among that 1st tier, good possibility that there are more people who are connected to my network. Like you said, companies and employers are eager to find things that employees don’t tell them. And with better technology and tools to do anything, there are programers who are using their brain to take informations from people. What person “A” write on a friend “B’s” Facebook can be shown even though I may only be friends with “A”. There is a saying to be good to everyone you meet because you don’t know how you’re going to meet the other person again later. But, now a days, your activities online can also effect your future.

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