Hidden costs of Social Network Profiles ?

In the last few weeks, I've been reading quite a few articles on how Facebook and related sites has been impacting peoples lives negatively.

Before continuing, I should clarify that the people in question (allegedly) behaved poorly and social networking sites have helped increase/accelerate the impact.

Take for instance the case of the woman whose profile cost her a college degree. ReadWriteWeb has a pretty good analysis of the situation so I'll leave it at that.

Then take the case where Australian law firm Meyer Vandenberg convinced the Australian Capital Territory's Supreme Court to allow service of court documents on An Australian couple who defaulted on their mortgage via the couple's Facebook page. Read about it here, here and here. I love the quote that "Facebook has become less fun since it has been discovered by lawyers and bankers," from internet law expert Dr Matthew Rimmer.

But my all time favourite is Kyle Doyle's sickie that was kiboshed by a smart HR manager. Classic.

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posted by Lee Gale @ 9:12 PM,


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