Monthly Archives: March 2012

Help Me I’m Poor.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately on the horrifying news that some employers have been asking for interviewee’s Facebook passwords.  If you haven’t heard about it yet… you must have a job.

I first learned of this apparent new trend while sitting in my Social Media class a couple Wednesday’s ago. One of my fellow students mentioned it to my professor, astounding myself and many other students.  At this point, I can’t even tell you where this started.  If you search “employers asking for Facebook passwords” on Google.com, a number of articles pop up, all telling different stories of different people going in for an interview and leaving feeling a bit violated and severely confused.

I realize that today’s job market is more competitive than ever, and people are doing whatever it takes to land a job, any job.  For that reason, I am even MORE astounded over the fact that Congress did not vote in favor of a law that would prohibit employers from asking for passwords like this.  Granted, I know very little about the way that law and government works, other than what my Communications Ethics, Law and Regulation class is teaching me this semester.  However, someone needs to protect us unemployed desperately indebted peoples!

I read in the Wall Street Journal last week that student debt has now surpassed $1 TRILLION.  Do you KNOW how much money that is!?!?  In an effort to be as cliche as possible- desperate times call for desperate measures.  So if a potential employer, a.k.a. a potential solution to my thousands of dollars of debt, asks for my password, well, I might give it to them.  I probably will at least think it over… don’t judge me, I’m poor!  And so is SO much of the rest of the 20-30-year-old world these days.

[Photo credit to mmaytheoddsbeeverinyourfavor on Tumblr]

I just have a simple question for all of you to answer- what is this world coming to?  Since when is it “okay” to ask for someone’s password, for anything?  [Side note: No, it’s not okay for your boyfriend/girlfriend to ask either.  My only advice for you people dealing with that issue is to run.  Run far, far away.  Knowing your s/o’s Facebook password is a dangerous, scary thing that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.  I’M SERIOUS GUYS DON’T DO IT YOU WILL HATE THEM OR YOURSELF AFTERWARDS… Whoa.  Sorry.  Flashbacks are a very real thing.]

I understand that background checks are a part of the employment process in more ways than one, but I truly believe that asking for Facebook passwords is taking it just a tad too far.  I doubt I could find anyone who disagrees with me, but PLEASE, if you do, give me your rationale in the comments.  Any other support- monetary or otherwise- is welcome.

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A New Way for 20-Somethings to Feel More Single

 And Also How to Help Your Business Grow in the Social Media World

Well guys, my heart has been completely consumed by a new lover- Pinterest.com.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly suggest you do, but only if you are willing to accept the fact that you are moments away from tossing hours of time to the wind, and, at the risk of sounding sexist, only if you are a woman… a woman with no shame.

The reason I say this is because Pinterest has become a sort of haven for girly things and girly dreams and WEDDINGS. Yes ladies, thanks to Pinterest, you can now plan out your entire wedding- colors, flowers, gown, favors, table numbers, cakes versus cupcakes, wedding rings, etc- FOR FREE! And you don’t even need a fiancé!

Some people are a little alarmed by this… namely stupid boys.  BuzzFeed.com recently posted this little number on the up-and-coming social media site. Shockingly enough, it was written by a woman.  She must either be married or really, really bitter.  Okay, I’m making a lot of assumptions here and throwing out way too many opinions, but that’s half the fun of blogging right!?  Sorry Ashley McCollum, I’m sure you’re a lovely lady and far more secure in your present marital status than your article suggests that the rest of us are.

Anyway, businesses who are smart will hop on the Pinterest bandwagon, and fast. The way it works is users are either ‘invited’ to join the site, or request to be invited. Once a user has an account with the site, they begin to create ‘boards’, or groups, within their profile, and each group is labeled per a specific topic.

For example, one of the suggested boards the site offers is titled “Dream Wedding”.  As you can see in the BuzzFeed article, some people like to get a little more creative with their titles, but it doesn’t change the fact that the board’s purpose is to collect wedding related things of interest to the user.

After creating boards, users get to pinning! On the site itself, you can browse through what other people are pinning and repin things for your own boards.  OR, you can go to some of your favorite websites, blogs, and so forth and pin things you want to keep tabs on.

According to BostInno.com, Pinterest users are 80 percent female and 71 percent are between the ages of 18 and 45. In addition, an article on Mashable.com stated the top four categories were Home, Arts and Crafts, Style/Fashion, and Food (how did wedding planning not make the list??? Maybe I’m only thinking of myself again here…).  Knowing this, the fashion industry, craft stores, home and garden sites… should all be taking advantage of this opportunity!

Businesses- start your own boards!  Make categories so that people can find your products!  Put a ‘Pin it’ button on your website so that viewers can keep tabs on their favorite products of yours!  Check out how other companies are successfully using the site, like Birchbox and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

And ladies- wedding dress search to your hearts content.  What harm are you doing by dreaming of what will hopefully be the greatest day of your life?

 I mean… who cares that right now there’s no way in Heaven or in Hell that you could possibly afford an extravagant outdoor wedding with chiffon tents and lavender scented candles? And who cares that you’re mother told you that you would be disowned from the family if you planned an outdoor wedding anyway because it’s against the Church? And WHO REALLY CARES that you’re not engaged, aren’t anywhere close to being engaged, and/or have anyone that you could ever in the next five years see yourself being engaged to??? Not me. So pin away.

As I always say, with social media, the opportunities are endless. And it’s all free! Holler!

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