Wired has an interesting article on a new startup called ReputationDefender.
"Using both site-scraping robots and good old-fashioned human detective skills, ReputationDefender promises to scour the internet -- particularly social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Xanga and Flickr -- for materials that could threaten the author's employability once he reaches the professional world and its army of Google-savvy hiring managers." - Wired. Then they remove it - for a fee. Question - how do they remove it? The article suggests that they will nicely ask the hoster. Yeah, like that will work.
This reminds me of my posting on Internet Footprints from last year.
Questions to geekswithblogs posters and readers
- Do you consciously avoid posting to yout tech blog because of fear of leaving a less-than-exemplary Internet Footprint?
- Do job duties at work or non-disclosure agreements prevent you from posting job-related tech stuff?
- Do you use the Internet to research potential job candidates to see their Internet Footprint?