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Getting Fired Because of Facebook Has Never Been Likelier

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PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AGGRESSION
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It's been said that by the time a Millennial is old enough to run for President, his or her closet will be overrun with skeletons. Between leaked iPhone (AAPL) and BlackBerry (RIMM) photos, publicized sexts, and unfortunate Google (GOOG) search results, there won't be anyone left with a clean-enough record to campaign without a litany of apologies.

But the "I Didn't Inhale" excuse of 2032 will surely have to apply to a hasty Facebook (FB) post etched into Internet history that exposes a candidate as having been an irresponsible teen or twenty-something. We've all been there, but Boomers and most Gen-Xers can thank their lucky stars that the proliferation of social networking came well after college.

Still, oversharing on these public forums is irrelevant to age. The young and old still detail one too many hangovers and get a little too snarky when referring to their bosses. Sure, after a day or two, those updates are buried beneath baby pictures and photos of key lime pie.

However, a UK developer Callum Haywood has turned those irresponsible comments into a shrine of fire-able offenses, titled We Know What You're Doing.

Using Facebook's own API, Haywood searchers for status updates containing references to being drunk, hungover, or stoned, as well as vitriolic hatred toward one's boss or the insane public distribution of one's phone number. Those posts are compiled and filed into handy columns like "Who wants to get fired?" and "Who's taking drugs?"

All public. All exposed.

For example, Ciara M. wrote, "Never been so hungover before! Magaluf has broken me, but it was the best week of my life!"

Proving that poor grammar is as damaging as a public flogging of your employer, Itumeleleng S. wrote, "I hate my boss so mch [sic], his [sic] so arrogant bloody ass."

While these users probably never expected their updates would be published, Haywood explains his reasoning. "[It] was their choice, or lack of, with regards to their account privacy settings. People have lost their jobs in the past due to some of the posts they put on Facebook, so maybe this demonstrates why."

In fact, Haywood is one of very few who doesn't blame Facebook.

"You don't even need an access token to get this info, but the problem is not with Facebook themselves, when used correctly, their privacy controls are very good. The problem is how people simply don't understand the risks of sharing everything."

Extremely good advice, especially come five or six election cycles from now.

(See also: Facebook Screws With Our Profiles -- Again! and How to Avoid Incriminating Facebook Photos by Drinking More!)

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