Your Company Can Now Monitor All Your Social Sites

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Thanks to an awesome Project Manager of ours here who clipped this article from the Metro for me, I just read about a new program out there called Social Sentry.  If you haven't heard of them yet, I don't doubt you soon will. 

This company recently launched, providing software to companies for trailing their employees' online activity. Their service includes patrolling Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and any other social site they may subscribe to. At this point you may be thinking, "What?! That's an invasion of privacy!" Well, news-flash, if you're posting on these sites, it's already public, and up for grabs. 

It does raise some issues about the grey line. Yes it's public, but all these sites still offer the option of complete and total publicity vs partial privacy (designated to those exclusive "friends and followers"). Why should this company be able to surpass that with their own motive? Does it really matter if Joe Shmo is a crazy partier by night if he's an amazing Manager by day? I guess they're leaving that up to the employer.

A couple tips Metro points out, just "think before you update" because what you say online is public and can be used against you. Just learn from these mistakes:

Obama assassination
The Secret Service is investigating two Twitter users who made threatening comments about President Obama last week.
Facebook negligence
One British worker updated her Facebook status complaining about her company and her manager, forgetting that she was connected to her manager on Facebook. The manager commented on her update saying that she was fired.
Sued for a tweet
A woman with only 22 followers on Twitter tweeted about her moldy apartment and was sued for $50,000 by her landlord. (Ouch!)
Health benefits
One woman took a paid leave of absence because of sickness, posted Facebook pictures of herself in a bikini, and lost her benefits--and her job.
Watch your picture
A teacher used a drunken picture of herself in a pirate costume as her MySpace picture, which was against school policy, and got fired.

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