How would you like to apply for a job and have your prospective employer ask for the usernames and passwords for all your social-networking accounts?
Thats whats happened to applicants for jobs with the city of Bozeman, Montana, who were surprised to discover they needed more than a work history and references.
“Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.,” reads a background-check waiver form that applicants had to sign. Theres no mention of Twitter. The form then contains three lines where applicants are to list their logins and passwords.
New members of the Frederick County Board of Education believe they did a good thing last week when they addressed an ongoing concern for some parents and amended the drug and alcohol policy for student athletes.
The school board limited the student-athlete alcohol policy to cover only what happens on school grounds and during school time.
Facebook wants your address and mobile phone number.
But it’s not sure exactly how to ask.
It’s a complicated digital courtship, particularly because Facebook doesn’t just want this data for itself — it wants to “share” this info with all of its friends, which in this case happens to be app developers (think FarmVille, Compare People and Where I’ve Been — all that non-Facebook stuff that pops up in your news feed).