Facebook profiles are supposed to be a digital representation of a
person's self, but how much they reveal about a person might be far more
in-depth than previously thought. That's because new research published
by the Journal of Applied Social Psychology has indicated that Facebook
profiles can serve as a stronger indicator of job performance than an
Social media is part of everyday life. And increasingly, more and more
companies are using social media to screen possible employees. In fact,
according to a study done by the Society for Human Resource Management,
more than one half of employers use social media sites to recruit
potential candidates, an increase from just more than a third in 2008.
Social-networking behemoth Facebook filed for its initial public
offering on Wednesday, February 1, the first step in publicly trading as
ticker “FB” on, as yet, an undisclosed exchange. The Wall Street firms
underwriting the I.P.O. are Allen & Company, Bank of
America-Merrill-Lynch, Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase
and Morgan Stanley.