Charlie Osborne ZDNet iGeneration

review:ed #23 Interview with Charlie Osborne – Facebook Password Controversy

Charlie Osborne ZDNet iGenerationFor this interview Christopher and Kirsten invited Charlie Osborne who writes the blog iGeneration at ZDNet to talk about one of her latest post covering the whole Facebook password controversy in which employers as well as schools and universities demand the passwords for the Facebook accounts of job seekers or students.

As Charlie points out in her post on iGeneration

Privacy may be a casualty of today’s data and digital connection explosion, but it does not mean that businesses have the divine right to exploit such concerns.

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  • The bigger issue here is that job candidates or those pursuing higher education need to become better prepared when it comes to recognizing the impact one’s digital footprint has on others.  To be honest, if a job candidate’s only online identity is limited to facebook, then the first step is to have the candidate seek new online spaces that serve a more professional or educational purpose.  Online spaces that are more professional and educational will offset those unfortunate “facebook moments” that candidates might later regret.  Since we have little control over the hiring practices of employers, the best medicine is to work on one’s web resume as a life-long pursuit.