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  • Facebook: Not a problem for people who don't use it.
  • It's the Harvard of the South!!!!

    I should know, I'm from Tulsa... the Paris of Oklahoma.
  • Headline: Colleges are using Facebook to screen out applicants

    Article: "We don't actually use Facebook to screen out applicants. Well, apart from the real dumbasses who are putting racist or illegal activity there."
  • SkunkWerks: Facebook: Not a problem for people who don't use it.


    over in one
  • Reason number whatever it is not to use Facebook....
  • your kid having comprimising stuff on Facebook so easily accessible that Martha the 48 yr old spinster cat-lady admissions officer can find it and red-flag you = parenting fail.

    /and personal life fail for that matter.....
  • In before "Duke sucks."

    Duke sucks.
  • "It's common knowledge that employers do it, and people seem to accept that. But somehow higher ed is held to a higher standard."

    How about if neither did this, Commissar? The irony here is that kids have to conceal the fact that they drink from schools which want them to have a good time by drinking once they get into their school.

    And something else: how many of these frumpy admissions people spying on kids' webpages thought it was creepy that Tom Wolfe wrote a trenchant and accurate book about the lives of the people who attend schools like theirs?
  • SkunkWerks: Facebook: Not a problem for people who don't use it.


    Aparently not so. I dont use it at all. But if my kids never use it ever they wont get into a good college? Well thats kinda farked up.
  • SkunkWerks: Facebook: Not a problem for people who don't use it.


    There was just an article earlier this week about how some government agencies find it suspicious if you claim to not have a Facebook account since handing over the username & password is a job requirement.
  • If you're on Facebook then I highly doubt your going to a university for an education. The wise move would be to skip it and get into one of the simpler but decent paying trades like computer programming, public accounting, or nursing. But hey, Mr. 2000 Friends, you go right ahead and spend that $75,000 on your communications degree. I'm sure your beautifully embossed diploma will look great on your wall. Right under your recurring status update of, "Hey, unemployed day 2124. Anyone want to catch a dollar movie and see if we can find any popcorn to eat under the seats?" If you were as smart as they tell you and had as bright a future as they tell you - believe me, you'd already know it and wouldn't have an ounce of wonder.
  • BolshyGreatYarblocks: How about if neither did this, Commissar?


    How about if people just came to realize that Facebook has a purpose, and that purpose is primarily to BROADCAST everything you put on it to the WIDEST. POSSIBLE. AUDIENCE.

    That last part? It doesn't mean "whoever I imagine will read it in my bedtime fantasies". It doesn't mean "whoever doesn't mean me harm, or holds any agenda that might run counter to my own".

    It means EVERYONE.

    Couple that with the fact that they insist it be linked to your real name, and a gajillion other holdings you may have on the internet representing your interests, habits and so forth should really be message enough to give you an idea of just what sort of experience you're in for.

    Does Facebook have ways of limiting the audience? Sure it does. But since Facebook is first and foremost about broadcasting to the biggest audience possible, those options are either purposefully not very easy to use, and/or Facebook as little of a vested interest in making them any easier to access or use.

    Point being: they don't care if you ramble to millions of internet-connected users about sleeping with sheep and subsequently embarrass yourself. They're never going to. There's no MONEY in it.



    I know a lot of people get on it to feed the little attention whore deep down inside- I get that.

    What I don't get is the people who complain when it DOES PRECISELY WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO.

    I'm not crazy about people who spy either. And if this were actually spying instead of dangling your privates out your car window in rush hour traffic on an eight lane interstate and then complaining when everyone who saw you took umbrage at your shameless display, this might trip that particular outrage impulse.
  • FTA: "I don't want what I put on my Facebook or what I don't put on my Facebook to sway their opinion of me," she says. "I just don't think it's fair for them to base acceptance on that."

    It's unfair to base acceptance on things you have no problem with sharing with the world? For crying out loud, have a little integrity, or perhaps just think before you act. Either way will do you more good, both in college admissions or life in general, than bragging about the things you know you shouldn't be doing.
  • tricycleracer: There was just an article earlier this week about how some government agencies find it suspicious if you claim to not have a Facebook account since handing over the username & password is a job requirement.

    Solution:

    Don't claim you don't have a facebook account, just don't have one.

    Again we seem to have an issue here with the concept of how information travels, particularly that it only travels in one direction: there's no takebacks.

    If you don't want someone to know something about you, don't gush to them about it.
  • If you're not smart enough to check your public profile and lock crap down when you're applying for College (a job, etc.) then maybe you're not smart enough to get into college?

    Well, maybe we need to teach college prep in school as well. The average person doesn't always understand technology and privacy settings.
  • there are a whole lot of ignorant retards in this thread
  • The Irresponsible Captain: If you're not smart enough to check your public profile and lock crap down when you're applying for College (a job, etc.) then maybe you're not smart enough to get into college?

    Well, maybe we need to teach college prep in school as well. The average person doesn't always understand technology and privacy settings.


    Most 15-16 year olds honestly wouldn't get that.

    By the time most of them wake up, it is far too late.

    Welcome to the surveillance society.
  • For this, and so many other reasons, I'm glad that the Internet was not ubiquitous when I was in high school.
  • tricycleracer: SkunkWerks: Facebook: Not a problem for people who don't use it.

    There was just an article earlier this week about how some government agencies find it suspicious if you claim to not have a Facebook account since handing over the username & password is a job requirement.


    Yea, well, fark em. I don't use those things because of this crap. My son is 12 and already hates social media, so I don't think I have much to worry about there, either.
  • It does not make sense to trust a person or institution while knowing nothing about them, and this has only become more true as time has gone by. Despite this, any society larger than a tribe or a very small town requires one to trust lots of people and institutions, most of them sight-unseen, and this has also only become more true as time has gone by.

    In order to cope with this paradox, people and institutions have been trying for decades to find out more about one another, to base trust decisions on better (or at least some) information. Some of these methods have been more ethically sound than others. Public Facebook information -data that one has chosen to share with the world- is probably one of the most ethical to date. Private Facebook information is another matter entirely, and there need to be laws against that. But this doesn't get rid of the age-old problem of trust.
  • 1) If your college admissions people don't have pictures of you already, how can they know the page is yours unless you give them the link?
    2) Don't give them the link and don't use facebook. Problem solved.
    3) Make s squeaky-clean, model-citizen facebook profile and give them that one.
  • Some colleges might also view such tactics as unethical: "If a student changes their name on Facebook because they want to hide something, you just wonder whether they want to be at an institution that values an Honor Code," McDuff says.

    Er... how are you going to know they changed their name? All you're going to know is that you can't find a Facebook profile for them.
  • Abigail Swift, a senior at BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona, deleted her Facebook account at the start of her junior year, just as she was beginning her college search. She says she plans to revive it in 2013, after being accepted to a university. "I don't want what I put on my Facebook or what I don't put on my Facebook to sway their opinion of me," she says. "I just don't think it's fair for them to base acceptance on that."

    And she'll have to go through the entire process once again when she wants to get a job.

    She's a fool: What you publicly post is, well, *PUBLIC*. And people judge you by how you act in public.
  • New college admissions application question....

    Where do you prefer to do your attention whoring:
    A. Facebook
    B. Myspace
    C. Twitter
    D. AdultFriendFinder
    E. Craigslist Casual Encounters
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