30% deliberately censor social network content


Kelly Services released the Kelly Global Workforce Index [New Zealand social media release] recently.

The findings are part of the Kelly Global Workforce Index, which obtained the views of approximately 97,000 people in 30 countries, including over 1,800 in New Zealand.

According to the Kelly survey, 25% of New Zealand men and 22% of women are worried that material from their social networking sites could adversely impact their careers. And to prevent career problems, 30% of women and 28% of men deliberately censor or edit their personal social network content



  • If you have a public social media profile do you just expect that prospective employers will search through it? Or do you expect they will ask permission first?
  • If you don't give permission to check your social profiles, is that a breach of privacy?
  • If you don't want people to see certain content about you. A: why do you post it at all and B: If you do want to post content you might be concerned about; why don't you learn to protect your privacy with Facebook's Privacy controls?

Honestly I am sick and tired of people complaining about privacy through social networks. If you don't want people to see or hear something don't share it. You can make pictures on Facebook tagged with your name only show to you so you can untag if need be and you can block people from checking you in to a location. It's not rocket science, but people seem lackadaisical about looking after their own information.

In the most part people can just watch your wall to glean information about you, your friends and what you're doing. They don't have to be your friend or use a Facebook app if you have open privacy settings.

The other way to think about this is: If a prospective employer felt they saw inappropriate content on your social networks, maybe you don't want to work for them anyway. Perhaps prospective employers are refusing to separate personal and professional conduct. After all Facebook is personal stuff not professional in most cases and sharing pictures of you giving a presentation in a suit is well pretty boring on Facebook.

My social network profiles are search engine indexed. Search for my name and you'll quickly see links to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter plus a truck load of videos and other written content. It's public content and I expect if a company is looking to hire me they will Google my name to gather a better bigger picture of who I am. I think you're naive if you don't think that happens.

So get over this privacy thing. And like you do offline, look after your personal image. Learn about grouping your contacts together and only allowing Friends and Family to see your content

Perhaps more than 30% should be censoring their content....Do you?