Date me but don’t ‘friend’ me

What is the first thing you do when you come back from a party, where you met someone interesting? I would imagine you, like most of us would probably say, “facebook that person” to find out more about them.

 Such is the power of social networks – to find everything about a person including who they talk to, what pictures they post, what they write, how they write and a million other things. We judge a person just by looking at their social network profile in a matter of minutes! These elements of human curiosity are very easily satisfied these days thanks to social networks and they play a decisive role in the world of online dating.

Lets see what we know about you..

 Thanks to social networks the “about me” section you fill out on dating sites goes beyond the information you want to make available. If things go well on the online dating forum a “friend invite” is not too far down the road, especially if things are going well. Advanced privacy settings are great but most users are able to figure if they don’t have access to your full profile – potentially leading them to believe you may be hiding more than you actually are, which could lead to assumptions and misunderstandings in the fragile realm of online courting.

Mistakes happen, no one remembers what they posted that one night when they got drunk and wanted the whole world to know what their ex-girlfriend did to them or vice-versa. But, that one post might come back to bite you. According to a recent study by Cosmo, 43 %of girls would decide not to date someone based on their Facebook profile, compared to 33 percent of guys.

Having a clean social network content before posting your profile on a dating site makes perfect sense and one should make the effort to clean that content to represent the “best me”

Thanks to social networks the “About Me” section has gotten a lot bigger!

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College Grads Rethink Social Networking (via Voice Of Reason)

This is exactly why socioclean is a must for a recent or soon-to-be college grad.

College Grads Rethink Social Networking [Hammond]-Facebook. Twitter. MySpace. Social networking sites have become the popular way to communicate and network. These sites allow large amounts of information to be shared with just about anyone. They might be great for a group of friends, but are not such a good thing for professionals. Employers are now making their own profiles to look up potential employees. With this tool, they can find information they could never find before. Debra G … Read More

via Voice Of Reason

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Review of socioclean by JD Rucker at

Clean the &$#*)@ Off of Your Social Profiles by JD Rucker

There are few things more embarrassing than getting caught with damaging materials on social profiles, particularly by a relative, employer, or competitor. What we posted weeks, months, even years ago can come back to bite us. That’s the nature of social media in many ways – to allow us to expose ourselves. The degree to which we do so, however, is often what gets us in trouble.

Drunk tweeting, getting tagged in Facebook photos doing less-than-appropriate activities, even breaking the law – all are things that have not only caused embarrassment but have also helped get people prosecuted for crimes. Even if you’re not out murdering people, companies are using social media as part of background checks when looking for employees. It’s a dangerous world, indeed, this thing we call “sharing.”

Depending on how active you are in social media, you should probably considering “cleaning” things up. I was recently asked by a friend to help her go through her social media profiles before she went job-hunting. It seemed that most services out there were geared towards businesses finding juice about us rather than us finding our own juice.

One exception was Socioclean. After reviewing it this morning I noticed a few things that impressed me:

Private Screening

People ask why we don’t review many Facebook apps and services. The answer is simple – I don’t want anyone having access to post on my wall. Call me paranoid, but when the Facebook or Twitter permissions screens pop up, they almost always grant permission to post. Socioclean passed my first test – get info (which I don’t mind giving) and don’t post anything on my behalf.

Upon further examination, the site “feels” secure. I have our Mr. Paranoid investigating further but for now, all is well.

Perhaps most importantly, it only scans what is accessible by the public. Private messages are excluded from the search.

Paranoia FTW!

The search screen prompted me for keywords. At first, I thought, “Oh great. I have to think about this?”

Instead of entering keywords, I let it run on default. Above, you’ll see part of the initial report I received. Keywords that were flagged without my prompting were fire, balls, and kill. Yes, I can see how those words, when used inappropriately, could be a problem:

“If my boss thinks he can fire me, he has another thing coming. Tomorrow, I’ll chop off his balls and kill him.”

Thankfully, I didn’t use the words in that order or context.

Photo Tagging – The Hidden Killer

Sometimes, it isn’t necessarily what you say but rather what others say about you.

So, you’re out on the town and one of your girlfriends snaps a shot of you doing a drunken table dance. She puts it on Facebook and tags you in it. Either you don’t monitor Facebook enough or you’re just so active that the photo makes it onto your profile page and off too quickly for you to see. Either way, it’s not a good thing when a student in the 3rd-grade class that you teach finds it.

In the example above, words like BJ, ho, and blunt were found in images associated with me. Thankfully (again) they did not point to pictures that put me in a bad light, but I’m thankful for being able to monitor those.

Clean the &$#*)@ Off Once a _____

Fill in the blank. Once a year? Once a week? It all depends on how active you are and what you do. Definitely do it before searching for a job or shortly after getting arrested.

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Socioclean – One of the hottest startups!

Socioclean has been in the news lately and for the right reasons. Killerstartups, a website that features the most promising startups, chose Socioclean as one of the companies to watch out for. Big technology blogs and online news sites have been writing about us. I would like to congratulate our technology, marketing, and product team without whom Socioclean would merely have been a concept on paper. Some sites where we have been making news:

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Is Social Network Content the Credit Score of the future?

Almost all of us have one or more social networking accounts that we either are just members of because of peer pressure (even though all we do on it is go on other people’s profile to see their most updated pictures) or because we really do want to share our daily life stories with our friends. Facebook has already more than 500 million users and they still are relatively new in terms of monetizing the vast information. Considering the rate at which Facebook and Twitter are growing, there is no denying that the information about each person on these networks is going to become even more important than what it is today.

I came across an article yesterday that said if you want to become a cop, you have to make sure the content on your facebook and twitter account is clean. Recruiters sit with the candidate and ask them to log into their accounts and both the candidate and recruiter look through the content for any content that might hurt the candidate’s chances of becoming a cop. However ludicrous it might sound, it is the fact. Even if corporate recruiters don’t make it as explicit, they still try to dig up any kind of information that will aid them in making a hiring decision. Almost 85% of recruiters agree that online social reputation plays an important decision in the hiring process. With more and more people sharing information on Facebook and Twitter, the cleanliness of the content thats being posted will become really crucial. The saying goes “Never judge a book by its cover”, but in the digital age, the first thing that anyone does when they want to know more about a person is either google them or look up their facebook account to see what kind of a person he or she is. They might call it researching the person, but at the end of the day its judging who the person is with the information that he or she is sharing online.

Online Reputation
“make sure the content on your facebook and twitter account is clean”

Back to my original point of recruiters looking up social network content, I don’t think that day is far when going for a job interview, along with a resume one would also take a score of their online content that would prove they are worthy of the job. I feel social networking and its content scoring is going to be something similar to a credit score. You want to build it (since zero credit history is not good either) but you want to make sure that it is a good score since lot of things will be dependent upon it.

Priyanshu Harshavat (Founder at Socioclean)

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