Thursday, November 6, 2008

In Hindsight, That Facebook Picture With William Ayers Was a Bad Idea

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 5:40 PM

A few social networking headlines today.

• Craigslist is being forced to catalog the semi-amateur hookers advertising on the site.

Craigslist will require advertisers to provide a working phone number and pay a fee with a credit card, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said today in a statement. He negotiated with the San Francisco-based company on behalf of other state attorneys general.

College admissions folks are reading your Facebook page. Whatever, as long as they don't send us a Lil' Green Patch.

Some admissions officers said they had rejected students because of material on the sites. Jeff Olson, who heads research for Kaplan's test-preparation division, says one university did so after the student gushed about the school while visiting the campus, then trashed it online. Kaplan promised anonymity to the colleges, of which 320 responded. The company surveyed schools with the most selective admissions.

"No one wants to be on the front page of the newspaper for giving a scholarship to a murderer," says Nora Ganim Barnes, director of the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. "Everybody is trying to protect their brands."

Quick note for Nora, the real sociopaths already know you're watching them.

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