Once Google has indexed a comment or video from Facebook or Twitter, they will not take it down.
Online PR News – 25-April-2010 – – New Orleans, La - In a recent poll 93% of all Human Resource Managers admit to searching a prospects name in Google as part of the hiring process.
With an increase in new users and popularity, sites like Facebook & Twitter are primarily responsible for more and more personal information finding its way to the internet. Now, if a HR manager wanted to dig deeper into the character of a new hire chances are they will turn to Google for a full report.
Not only are new hires finding it difficult to find a job with humiliating content appearing in their search results, but even tenured employee’s are now losing their job as a result of something that was posted on their Facebook wall. This was basically unheard of only five years ago but with SMO (Social Media Optimization) now dominating search engines, the result has lead to many corporations updating their policies and procedures manuals to include end of shift conduct rules.
In a recent interview with Tyronne Jacques who is the CEO of Image Max Public Relations and an expert in the field of Reputation Management, he informed us that this new term called Facebook Firings is adding new members to list of Unemployed each and every day.
“There are some days when our phones simply ring off the hook from people seeking help on how to remove either a picture or personal information that is now appearing online. These types of calls are always extremely urgent because the client is trying to remove the content before their supervisors discover it. This problem has become epidemic in its damage to the reputations of many of the people that seek our help, as well as a total violation of their privacy.”
Tyronne Jacques says the best thing that you can do to protect yourself from having personal information find its way to the 1st page of Google is to block your friends on Facebook from posting comments on your wall. He went on to say that “Many of the really damaging posts were placed there by friends as a joke or just reminiscing on events from back when they were teens, and all of a sudden that wall post gets indexed by Google.”
Once Google has indexed a comment from Facebook or Twitter, they will not take it down. Google is considered to be sort of an online archive therefore under law they are not responsible / libel for any comments published by a 3rd party. In the case of your personal information that is now appearing on the 1st page of your search results, Facebook is actually the 3rd party.
Tyronne Jacques was willing to share his top 3 tips for preventing your personal information from getting indexed by Google.
1. Stay away from Blogs and Forums – Google absolutely love blogs and forums because their ability to generate original content for readers. The only problem is if you post anything about you or your family then those comments will rank really high in your search results.
2. Never post pictures from a night on the town – This has to be the quickest way to get fired or definitely get you the dreadful meeting from senior supervisors. Pictures will even get indexed above website content placing them at the top of your search results, so please avoid posting pictures of you and your friends.
3. Don’t Tweet Your Life - Try to avoid posting any private information in the form of a Tweet. Tweets will get index with the actual comment in quotes, and placed on the 1st page of Google. Facebook and Twitter are ranked very high in Alexa’s System; therefore anything posted in a social networking site has a very strong possibility of landing on the 1st page of your search results.
Overall the best advice is probably the same advice your Dad would give you and that is to keep your personal life separate from the internet. No one should have the ability to simply type your name in a search engine and find out your favorite books, restaurant, or even the details of your new relationship. Let’s return back to common sense people!
If you have recently had an interview and everything went really well but they never called you back, then chances are you may have damaging online content appearing under your name in Google.
In the same poll of HR managers a very large percentage of them admit that they start their background checks with a Google search of the applicant’s name, and if all checks out only then will they pay for a police report.
With the job market being extremely competitive, take this opportunity to remove any negative information from your search results. Please visit http://www.removeitnow.com and give yourself a fighting chance.