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ThinkUp: How You Really Look On Social Networks

How do you look to recruiters and hiring managers based on social activity? This service aims to make you more aware of your Facebook and Twitter activity.
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Jim Donahue
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Jim Donahue,
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1/5/2015 | 2:18:45 PM
General rule
Although I have my privacy settings locked down pretty tight, I make it a general rule to ask myself before posting: Am I OK with the entire world seeing this?

 

And if the answer is no, I don't post it. I've been on social media for a decade if you count blogs, and I think I've had second thoughts about a post and taken it down maybe three occasions the entire time.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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1/5/2015 | 2:38:11 PM
Re: General rule
They might come a time when it is absolutely vital to link a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ account while sending out a resume. 

It might be a good thing since it will give employers a timeline and a point of references to decide whether an individual is a good fit for the job requirement, but only if it enables to unearth the truth. However, if individuals manage to game the system then social media as a point of reference will never be widely used.
Laurianne
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1/5/2015 | 3:52:40 PM
how much is too much
This is an interesting idea, yet I wonder the same thing I do about Klout's opinion of my social "stardom": Says who? Who says what is a good or bad amount of tweeting about yourself? Or how many thank you's are too many or too few? I know brilliant tech people who tweet constantly and others who rarely tweet...we don't all have to fit the same numbers mold. Right?
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/5/2015 | 10:18:59 PM
Re: how much is too much
It heavily depends on people's habits. Some people gain a lot of information from social networks and accomplish many things via social networks. While others prefer to focus on things in hand and consider playing social networking is time/energy consuming. The statistics provide good sense about trend but for individuals, there is no need to fit into one mold.
PedroGonzales
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1/6/2015 | 9:57:51 AM
Re: General rule
I think a lot of people should follow your guideline, specially, millenials.  Putting all your movements, ideas and personal thoughts for all to see in social media is something that should be constrain.  There is some information which should be kept in the private sphere outside social media.
ecksteing
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ecksteing,
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1/6/2015 | 10:36:39 AM
When and What
In the 10,000 tweet example, this would be one or two tweets per waking hour.  If one's tweets are clustered during the work day, are the tweets work related or more social?  Taking a lot of time from the work day to read and respond to tweets would indicate a focus problem.  So content and timing matter. 
Stratustician
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1/6/2015 | 3:32:59 PM
Re: General rule
I agree.  The luxury that most of us grew up in a limited technological age (ie grew up without the Internet and cell phones!) gives us the benefit of luckily having missed a lot of the mistakes that a lot of millenials are dealing with right now.  Being young and thinking that you have a right to post anything without fear of consequence is a very new problem that realistically is a result of younger generations being the first fully-connected social groups.  Throw in inexperience, and the typical rebel behaviour that all generations get, and well, the poor youth have a hard awakening.  As they get into the full-fledged work force, services like ThinkUp should be a great reminder that yeah, those stupid comments that you thought were awesome at the time, probably doesn't reflect the best on you to potential employers. 
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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1/7/2015 | 12:02:23 PM
Re: General rule
I completelly agree.   I think that there is a lack of education on millennials on what the information they should disclose on social media, I'm not sure whether parents or school should provide such training.  But, they need the "social media talk" sooner than later.  If something such a silly post could impact your future employment to a dream job, it is something worth paying attention

 
freespiritny25
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freespiritny25,
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1/8/2015 | 11:18:24 AM
Re: Think Up: How You Really Look On Social Networks
I believe if you are not sure if you should post something on social media- DON'T! Anything you post can be misconstrued and used against you. I have my privacy settings locked tight, but you never know what can get leaked.
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