Whether you agree with it or not or even if it’s legal or not, more and more employers are demanding access to your facebook account. No, they don’t just want to be able to see your profile, they actually want your password!
It isn’t enough that you can already find out almost everything about anyone online nowadays just through a basic search online, for employers to demand passwords to your accounts, I think is going a little too far. Next thing you know, they will want to riffle through your home before they hire you. But, that is just my opinion. I would pass over any job that would require that of me.
The reality is, most employers, schools and other institutions are relying on social media and your online persona to make judgements about you. So much so that some people are either staying offline (almost impossible) or creating aliases. I see so many aliases among my facebook friends now that it’s almost annoying.
Aside from doing it yourself, some people who are overly concerned about their credibility are turning to professionals for their online reputation management. These companies charge a fee to provide you with a ‘positive online presence’. They will help you build a custom profile, monitor your online reputation and remove any negative content that shows up, and protect information that you would like to keep private.
Are you at the point yet that you think paying for this service is worth it?
If you are just curious how your online reputation looks, there are of course several free services that you can use to quickly see what’s out there about you.
1. Google – (do you really need a link?) Google your name and see what results you get. See which sites are coming up on top for you. My facebook profile and Google+ profiles always come up first whenever I search my name. After Google, try searching for your name on other search engines (Yahoo!, Bing, AltaVista, Ask, etc). You’ll be surprised at the varying results you get.
2. Reppler – (http://www.reppler.com/about/) is a free service which looks at your image across social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and flags any questionable issues. I always get flagged for bad language, and you don’t even have to be cursing!
3. Reputation.com – (http://www.reputation.com/) they do almost the same as Reppler, but for a fee, they will monitor your status 24/7 and fix any negative results that you don’t want floating around about you. You can still sign up for free though and they will do a scan of your persona for free, then it’s up to you if you want to pay for their other services.
Once you’ve found what is being said about you online and see that there may be some areas that are problematic, then investigate how to clean up your online reputation. There are still things that you can do without having to shell out any money.
And as always when traveling the world wide web, beware of scammers and spammers!