LurkSpace

BY: BIKINI REENY

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It is a horror story to the maximum and it can be summed up in one word: MySpace. I love MySpace, you love MySpace. We are lured into a superficial, Southern-California-Glam-Gangsta-Thuggin'-Beach MySpace phenomenon. You know when you pass by people taking pictures at the mall, its for myspace. You know when you see people doing professional or not-so-professional-but-we-can-adobe-photoshop-it photoshoots, its for myspace. In fact, MySpace has taken the world by storm, so much that not only can we look up the latest digs on "Forbidden," Bobbi Billard or Tila Tequila, but we can be searched upon ourselves.

I had a friend in kindergarten that I lost touch with after second grade. Roughly a year ago, I got a message on MySpace telling me she still remembered my first and last name, searched it and found me. If the people you know and love look you up, it's fine, but I'm starting to find a not-so-bright-and-sunny side to all of this. The internet is starting to attract the eyes of people we may not want to attract.

I don't just mean bad guys or sex-a-holics, I'm talking about employers or potential employers. When you go for a job interview, you want to look professional, dress nice and let that outstanding GPA of yours shine. You would never dare show up for an important job interview looking like a half dressed slob, makeup in your hair, gel in your eyes, ripped fishnets and drunk off your ass. When these employers hire us, they want to know us from inside out. Jobsearch.about.com advises college students to not "put up anything you'd be embarrassed to have your Grandma find (she might be online too!)." Employers aim to dig up dirt on you through myspace and research. I don't know what your aim may be but mine is to get myself a good job and retain it. We need to be prepared for lurking employers because they check the places we feel comfortable dropping our business suits. Places where we feel safe to rant, show our personalities and complain. The places we act our true selves, dramatize or thug out. MySpace is the number one choice among its peers like Facebook, Friendster, Findapix, and more.

Of course you can say, "I'll just make a fake account, this way my employers and people I don't want finding me won't be able to."

Hilary, a career-bound college student from collegerecruiter.com's blog space, says, "I believe MySpace, Facebook, and all other sites that are similar, are taken a tad too seriously. They are created and designed so millions of people can keep in touch with their friends easier as they get older. I will admit that MySpace is a bit corrupt, but it is what someone makes of it. I also know there are quite a few people who make fake accounts on these sites, because they still want to partake in them, but are afraid to because their employers will fire them."

Employers and potential employers do check these sites, point blank. Therefore, if you care about your future and your job security, I suggest you think twice before posting pictures of last night's keg party. Clean up your profile to project a professional, if not simply cleaner, image. Peace out my lovely MySpace ladies and gentlemen and good luck beating the system.Hugs and kisses, Bikini Reeny!