Friday, December 05, 2008

Check Your FaceBook, Stupid

I do not have a Face Book account. I do have a LinkedIn account. I am an executive recruiter, so it is a great tool for business.

A lot of my friends talk up Face Book. I see it as a slightly mature version of My Space, which I think is a tween gathering site (for tweens and pedos, sadly). Today I saw yet another reason FaceBook is bad.

For a while there this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama's immensely talented chief speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, might have been pondering how to address that question [about any items online that could be embarrassing].

That's when some interesting photos of a recent party he attended -- including one where he's dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of secretary of state-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and another where he's placed his hand on the cardboard former first lady's chest while a friend is offering her lips a beer -- popped up on Face Book for about two hours. The photos were quickly taken down -- along with every other photo Favreau had of himself on the popular social networking site, save for one profile headshot
Incoming Obama administration director of speechwriting Jon Favreau (L) and a friend pose with a cardboard cutout of incoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a party. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

By the way, as an executive recruiter, yes, I do look around MySpace and Face Book as well as Google for candidates I interview. My client need to know if they are hiring someone who may embarrass (or lighten up) the office.


Eric said...

another reason why facebook is bad? so if someone misuses a tool you then say the tool is bad? that sounds like librul thinkin to me!

hammer is used to kil man. hammer bad. facebook used to post embarassing and politically incorrect photos. facebook bad!


The Squeaky Wheel said...

Wow, Face Book fanboy much? It was not an attack on the site.. it was an attack on people who are stupid enough to put stuff like this on their site and then act shocked when it comes up.

It is not like I was calling for the end of Face Book. I think you missed the point... but thanks for misreading my blog anyway