Creepy, very creepy.
Yet I am not surprised.
I'm a little concerned about Special Agent Schmidt, I wonder if he's receiving guidance from voices in his head.
Unfortunately there is a lot of truth in this. Employment agencies and HR people have been using the Internet for some time to screen candidates for jobs. This will occur more and more as time goes by.
Young people often paint a poor picture of themselves by writing nonsense (often obscene nonsense) on forums and social networking sites without realising the future implications of this. In the past most of us have said things online that we now regret. I certainly have but then I will never again be looking for a job. ;)
If he is sympathetic what Mr Schmidt (and FB, etc.) should be doing is developing ways for people to retrospectively remove personal information about themselves from the Internet if they choose but that's not going to happen or is it?
@SevenCubed why am I increasingly reminded of the peter sellers character in Dr Strangelove here.
|"I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions.They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next." |
OMFG I'ts time to kill Google.
Part of that's bang on. There's a reason why I don't disclose my identity online - and why I'm careful with my kids. Teenagers/young adults don't realize that the first thing anyone does is google them before they get a job interview.
I worked at a company that in the late 90's turned down doing business with a company based on what they found online. And just last year I saw someone denied the ability to purchase a service based on something the service company found online about their past.
My wife and kids' identities I try and keep private online. Which makes it all the more ironic that the only picture of my wife online is on Google streetview - and yes, she's clearly identifiable.
|Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth, which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook. |
The "young" will need to be taught at a very early age to change their identities prior to adding their voice to online social networks. That may save them from the considerable problems that await if the current trends continue. Take on at least one false identity and stick with it until common sense overtakes youthful indiscretions. Make these phantoms their avatars, the mythic heroes that lives in their imaginations. Otherwise, their true online records will become part of the so-called "permanent record", and the occasional stains will never wash off.
A very sad lesson, but there it is.
Oh, and hope & pray that Mr Schmidt, in his zeal to give people what they want, will not feel the need to notify prospective employers that "Gertrude Widget" is in actuality "Wilfred Gidget".
This is scary as hell but it's not really surprising given what GOOFLE has been up to the last year or two. It's just downhill the whole way with that company now...
Change your name.
Change your identity.
Both these terms are used here, so which is it?
Changing your name is already legal, at least in the U.S.
Changing your identity, seems to denote a new fake history to go with your new name, a-la witness protection program, etc. A more serious deal IMO.
The surprising thing is that an "ethical" company like Google appears to be quite happy to be associated with comments like this.
Eric Schmidt knows all about "misspent youth"!
He has his own scandals with drug-addled girlfriends.
How did he deal with that? Changed his name? Oh, no! Schmidt put a dozen lawyers to sue her.
|"I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time," Mr Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal. |
Yep, just bing for "eric schmidt mistress".
Actually misspent adulthood ;)