merkypie wrote:KaitouK wrote:merkypie wrote:That's why I keep telling everyone in the US Aspiring JETs thread to stop using their real names.
I'm not sure if you can use a fake name for a site like LinkedIn. Honestly, you shouldn't have any problem using your real name on Facebook as you can set permissions to restrict public viewing of your profile accordingly. I'm not sure about MySpace as I don't use it. Like all things that have the potential for public viewing, I follow the grandmother rule, don't say or do anything that you wouldn't want to have shown to your grandmother and you should be fine.
LinkedIn is also a site to build business connections so I do not see that website providing an issue with applicants. But regardless, posting on forums and using other social media other than Facebook, can open a can of worms if you leak out too much information about yourself. Reducing as much personal information on employer property can reduce the chances of being "sought out" and "looked up" for ill behavior.
Social media killed anonymity on the internet. People need to be reminded of how important it is to remain anonymous.
If someone was really interested in even cursory digging, they could get my name in minutes with a bit of googling or visiting one of the many social media sites. I've also done pretty well to try and make sure that very little that is really personal gets onto the internet. For example, if someone went digging for dirt on Facebook on me, they would see that I play games on there and am a Warhammer 40k player/painter. And if you dig on the archives of my YouTube account, *gasp* I've been to Japan!