MSNBC.com had an article today about the dangers of posting your "outside work" self on the internet; It looks like employers (or potential ones) are finding those funny blog posts you made about dressing up as a Mary Kay Letourneau pirate chugging beer from a sippy cup. The article states:
Scientists predict that by 2010, everyone on the planet will know at least one person whose life has been destroyed by MySpace.
It starts as posting something to a blog that only your friends read, a blog which then unpredictably becomes a multinational sensation overnight. You think you’re carrying on a semi-private conversation via the bathroom wall, and it turns out everyone now knows that you like getting spanked or you watch NCIS or whatever.
The article goes on to link to a BBC article about an incident that occurred when a teenager posted a house party announcement on MySpace that ended up destroying an unsuspecting owners home (I can't figure out from the article if she knew them or not). Even Annie Lenox's house was hit with a similar destructive house-party after Lenox's daughter posted on info about the party on MySpace.
I had no idea! I knew that Craigslist could be dangerous (as evidenced when a Tacoma, WA family's home was completely stripped while they were at work), but Risky Business type behavior on MySpace? And I thought MySpace's biggest threat was Rupert Murdoch.
Will warnings against MySpace will replace the PSAs against crack?