Has never been more important. Remember this song?
O be careful little eyes what you see
Be careful little ears what you hear
Be careful little mouth what you say...
Be careful little hands, what you touch...
Be careful little feet, where you go...
The song goes on to say that God is watching us. (For the Father up above, he is looking down with love)
Not only is the message of the song undoubtedly true, but I think now we can add a verse. Let’s look at a popular news story from last week. After reading this article, maybe we should add a verse to the song that says, “O be careful little twitterer what you tweet.”
If you didn’t know it already you should learn that we live in a world where much of our lives is public. (Nobody any worse than me and I have posted about this before.) Now, however, there is a company that is taking your twitter posts and your status updates and any other public info about you that they can find and building a profile to predict your future behavior. They know that companies won’t want to hire you if you stand a good chance of embarrassing them publically.
Maybe I have missed the point on this story and this post should be about the fear we should have that people are trying to predict the future. I guess I just think that it’s perfectly fair to make assumptions about the future based on past behavior. You don’t really want to hire somebody if they have a track record of changing jobs every 6 months do you? I don't see how this scenario is fundamentally different.
I think the point of this article is that we should be careful what we say because people (including future employers) are watching.
Does this prospect seem scary or unfair to you?