Everlasting Footprints, But Not From Birkenstock

Watch those digital footprints

Wherever you travel on the Internet, you are leaving everlasting footprints. They may be less evident than the physical footprints your Birkenstock shoes might leave, but they are much more persistent as many politicians are now finding out. As Mark Evans asks, Is Anything Off the Record?

The strange part is a lot of people dont really get this digital deal. They dont understand that every time you reveal something about yourself, youre peeling back the onion in a very public way that never disappears.

In a survey, CareerBuilder.com found that 20% of employees look at Facebook and MySpace when looking to hire someone, while another 9% said they will start looking at social networking profiles in the future.

There are clearly pluses and minuses to this. Nevertheless society as a whole gains when there is a greater degree of openness. This makes corporate governance an even more important topic, than ever it was before.

Related: Michael Geist has a good piece on this issue entitled, Coming To Grips With An Internet That Never Forgets

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One thought on “Everlasting Footprints, But Not From Birkenstock”

  1. There are any number of reformed people who want to tell their story through a blog. Should we really be trawling the net looking for dirt in order to not hire a new employee?

    Does it really matter if a new worker has a myspace page with a picture of them after a few drinks?

    Should we assess the suitablity of a person to build a house because they blog about their political or religious views?

    Does it really matter that someone made an inadvised comment on a forum or in a blog comment?

    There may be people who obsess about their public profile but to tell the truth, I don’t care if my local mayor smoked a joint when they were at uni 30 years ago as long as they perform their duties well.

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