The bad news for college applicants: More admissions officers than ever are visiting their profiles on Facebook and other social networks. The good news for college applications: Those admissions officers are finding fewer reasons on those profiles to red-flag applicants.
Facebook Security Engineer Michael McGrew and a colleague attempted to hack the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, but their intentions were pure: After discovering the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition while he was a junior in college, McGrew started a club and brought a team to the WRCCDC, so his stint as a “penetration tester” was almost like returning to his roots.
Former Facebook Software Engineer Josh Wiseman, who left the company last May to accept an engineer-in-residence position with The Social + Capital Partnership, announced in a Facebook post that he has joined startup Remind101, a mobile messaging service for teachers.
The percentage of college admissions officers who have visited applicants’ profiles on Facebook and other social networks reached an all-time high of 31 percent, according to a recent study by Kaplan Test Prep, but applicants are wising up, as 30 percent of admissions officers reported findings that negatively impacted their chances, down from 35 percent in 2012.
Here’s a warning to the 57 percent of the 500 juniors and seniors in college polled by social media reputation-protection utility Persona who do not believe they have inappropriate content on Facebook: 69 percent of job recruiters have rejected candidates based on content found on Facebook and other social networks.
California School District Paying To Monitor Students’ Public Posts On Facebook, Other Social Networks
Students in California’s Glendale Unified School District: Big Brother is watching. In this case, Big Brother is Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based Geo Listening, which is being paid $40,500 by the school district to monitor public posts on Facebook and other social networks by students.