Got a Job Interview? New Site Lets You Scrub That Facebook Timeline
Got a job interview coming up and you just don't have the time to dig through your Facebook stream and find every instance you and a can of beer show up together on a shared photo? Even though employers are quickly losing the ability to ask you for your Facebook login, if your social life is public, all they have to do is locate your account online and freely scan it.
With that in mind, maybe it's time you gave your social stream a good scrubbing.
In an attempt to circumvent what prying eyes see (and perhaps get themselves out of potential future issues), Kent State University students Daniel Gur, Camden Fullmer, and David Steinberg spent a weekend together at a Hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania, and came up with a way to make the very public face of your Facebook stream at least look more professional.
Called FaceWash, the website will search your Facebook posts, tags, photos and more to find things that might prove controversial or downright embarrassing, should a prospective employer decide to take the time to scan your publicly shared posts. And these days, more and more bosses do...
To give your Facebook stream a scrubbing, simply visit the site and login to your Facebook account to tie things together...
After the digital handshake is done, you'll be given the opportunity to start the process of gleaning through your social unmentionables.
As results come in, you can choose to remove them, or hide them from your public timeline. Wash those party photos, salty comments over lost NFL games, and once-funny YouTube face plant assemblages.
The site isn't perfect. Comments about the site include that it displayed results about Mohandes Ghandi. I suppose a man whose peace-loving turn-the-other-cheek attributes might be deemed undesirable if you were applying at a defense contractor. Or World Wrestling Entertainment.
Overkill on results or not, the site will certainly help you save time in finding unprofessional content during a job search, and deciding what to remove.
According to the site, the Kent State trio are working on a Twitter version as well. Fingers crossed!