My buddy and fledgling pro-brewer Bill Bennett just shared this scary bit of business on Facebook. It’s a “social networking privacy experiment” called We Know What You’re Doing .com which collects unflattering public Facebook status updates and posts them to their site.
There are four categories on the site:
- Who wants to get fired? (people talking smack about their bosses)
- Who’s hungover? (people pain-bragging about their drinking prowess)
- Who’s taking drugs? (folks talking about their ride on the cannabis comet)
- Who’s got a new phone number? (people publicly posting their new digits)
Of the four categories, “Who wants to get fired” seems the most inflammatory – “I hate my boss Jay I hope he dies better yet I feel like killin him” (tsk, tsk, Anastasia R.!) – but the hangover category is by far the most robust. While there are four cannabis cowboys, eight boss bashers, and fifteen new digit divulgers, there are ninety-six people complaining about being hungover. Alcohol amateurs for the win!
What does this tell us? Well clearly alcohol is the most popular area for lack of judgement amongst people who lack the judgement to keep their Facebook profiles locked down. I imagine few of these geniuses have jobs to complain about, what with being rocked with a hangover on a Wednesday morning AND being dumb enough to post it to the entire world. There are only so many openings at Taco Bell.
I also think there would be many more “Who’s taking drugs?” hits if they would include keywords other than “cannabis” in the search for posts. Throw in “baked” and “stoned” and this would probably be a more robust category, but it might also be filled with references to beans, Alaskan and Middle Eastern justice.
As far as the folks who post their new phone numbers, I say whatever, just expect a mountain of junk texts once the spambots find your ass (think of The Terminator, but instead of trying to hunt and kill you, it’s trying to sell you penis pills).
Mostly what this site tells us is that you MUST keep your social-facing business in order. Never post anything that you don’t want your next employer to read (because they WILL Google your ass!), and if you do post stoopid stuff, lock it down! Even then you’re taking silly risks, but at least you’re trying to protect your own privacy.
Be smart, because you never know who’ll see that stalker girlfriend meme you just posted (including your stalker girlfriend – she won’t see the humor in it).