I have a cousin who is an educator and was told to “not appear on MySpace”, so this kinda hit home.
I agree with the article, “Every adult who uses social networking and online dating sites should do so responsibly, regardless of profession. An intelligent person doesn’t brag about his Sunday morning hangovers where his boss can read it or post explicitly sexual pictures on an all-ages site and expect it to have no repercussions on his career.” That’s been my belief for a long time.
Part of what killed my blogging for a while, was worrying about how it would effect my job-hunting. I know I had very early squirmishes with family about what I said and sometimes what I didn’t say and I sure didn’t want an employer putting words in my mouth, especially when some are now 7 year-old opinions.
The word “blog” has a horrible negative meaning in the corporate word. Most people associate them with messageboards or just non-business things and would rather deal with old-school email newsletters instead. My god, I wonder what people will think of Twitter as it moves more mainstream?