Saturday, September 14, 2013

More online reputation controversies: Whom you recommend on LinkedIn can affect you; CA school district monitors student social media activity with a consulting firm

Continuing the discussion of online reputation, I encountered two catchy stories today on my iPad while having dinner on a day trip to Charlottesville, VA.  When you go on the road, the mice will play.
  
One of them considers the effect of one’s LinkedIn recommendations or endorsements on one’s own online reputation, particularly in the workplace.  Jose Pagliery has the story on CNN (url) here ,particularly about the resignation of Pax Dickinson from Business Insider for his “personal life” tweets, glaringly reproduced here (warning – disturbing). But Bob Pearson, of the W2O group, is reported as having warned that online reputation, as to merging personal and professional life, is more seamless than ever.  Facebook (and its policy of “no double lives”, an apparent belief of Mr. Zuckerberg) has seen to that.  (By the way, that’s why I give Mark Zuckerberg some credit for helping end “don’t ask don’t tell”.)
  

Another story today reported that a Glendale CA school district has hired a private company  (Geo Listening, link) to monitor the off-campus social media activity of its middle and high school students (if over 13), as WPTV reports here. There’s apparent controversy about the “Fourth Amendment” and the First – but not so much so, because it’s only scanning public posts.  But would you follow people around in the real world?  Here, public posts are more likely to become widely known, so it seems as there is some justification for the practice, in intercepting harmful behavior (ranging from cyberbullying to suicide threats).   Is this “Minority Report”?   Would Geo Listening be contracted to monitor teachers and even subs?


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