Are We What We Do on Social Networks?

The Government of the United States announced these days that to value the possible implementation of a new measure to monitor the entry into the country: in the customs of that country could ask us for our profiles on social networks to analyze if our activity in them is suspicious.

This decision contrasts with others that we realize that social networks increasingly are most relevant to analyze the behavior of a person in a public way. Professional talent seekers match that monitoring of our social networks LinkedIn: increasingly takes place that we are (or seem to be) what we do in social networks.

Social networking as spies of our life

The measure proposed by U.S. Customs officials seems questionable taking into account that many of the users of social networks used these services by the anonymity that provide. The measure would apply to foreigners in order to detect “possible activity and perverse connections”.

Provide that information would be optional on the proposal of the Department of Homeland Security, but is also a type of question that follow other lines of questioning that at the office of the United States are called into question the motives of the journey and our past in a way that tends to crash sites.

The measure may have been proposed after the attacks in San Bernardino: one of those responsible, Tashfeen Malik, surpassed all the revisions that were made upon him despite that in social networks was clear that it supported Jihad, Although these messages were published under pseudonym.

Long live the social recruitment

The impact of social networks in our lives is much greater than we thought, and some time ago that our activity on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram serves as a complement to our professional profile on LinkedIn. According to a survey conducted at the end of 2015 in United States, 92% who conducted selection processes make use of social networks to find relevant candidates.

“The relevance of those social media profiles and that activity has made to appear a specific term to group all those activities that are now part of the so-called”social recruiting”or”social recruitment”. As stated in Wikipedia, this discipline is at the crossroads between the routine tasks of human resources and social networks.

One not should I post on a social network anything that would not like to see on the front page of a newspaper

That has made many turn their activity on social networks in a form more than sell your resume. They care for their profiles and their activity to serve precisely this facet of your presence on the internet so that in possible selection processes all form part of a package that makes that our experience, career or studies are no longer necessarily the key aspects of the selection.

Anonymity and the “careful what you do”

That exposure to which we are subjected as part of our activity in social networks is that all those who use these services shall be very careful with what they make and publish them.

They say every time that one should not post on a social network nothing that would not like to see on the front page of a newspaper national (or exposed in a Museum, or commented on the news).

That use common sense of social networks seems unnatural, mostly because services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram invite to comment or publication hot. That can get very expensive, as they have figured out above all famous people and companies that recibidio have an avalanche of comments in response to certain unfortunate reactions.

Let us Álvaro Bultó, a friend who always flew very high.

— Red Bull Spain (@redbullESP) on August 23, 2013

Those are good reasons to take advantage of another of the advantages of these services: anonymity. Many users protect their identity for various reasons in these networks or they have several profiles, some private and other public, and combine them to avoid problems in the future. Is precisely that anonymity which affects ideas as the of the Government of the United States: how to oblige someone to confess what is your username private Twitter or Facebook when it passes through customs? Impossible, we fear.