Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Pundits look for "lowest common denominator" on Internet fame (especially when it gets into the world of work)

Well, the “common denominator” of advice on the Internet for “ordinary people” gets sillier. Yesterday, on my “Proposal for a Project” blog (check my Profile) I noted a recent Consumer Reports article that advises people to uncheck the option allowing search engines to troll their Facebook pages. Well, I thought people wanted to be “discovered”. It seems like the right to fame is supposed to be earned by climbing Jacob’s Ladder the old fashioned way, through social and gold-old-boy hierarchies so nobody gets mad.

Then on another site called “Work Buzz” hit the point that prospective employers really might be concerned about how you look on Facebook. The article (link) was called “6 things you should probably remove from your resume” but it seems to consider your Facebook profile as part of your resume, by default. Be careful, if you are balding and gray. Really. It says “These may not be on your résumé, but once a potential employer has your full name they might as well be. Polish all social networking profiles and remove any unprofessional or embarrassing photos. Ask your friends to clean up social networking profiles for you, too. If you are gray or balding, you might consider removing your photo during your job search.” Not only to people (men) bald as they grow older, their fingerprint ridges get less distinct; how many people care about that?

There is always a problem of how one “stands out”, and of whether one “conforms”. Social media, self-publication, and search engines all change the balance between the individual “standing alone” and functioning as “a member of the group” (especially the family).

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