And don't think is just that one place...my cousin is an HR management consultant and she told me from years now that they can check people's Facebooks even if they have it set to private. Obviously not every company bothers with it but I am sure the more professional the job and the more likely you could hurt the company's reputation or just reveal yourself to have a personality or mentality that doesn't fit in with the company, the more they are likely to check. And the law so far doesn't require them to disclose to you whether they check, what they check, and how far into your private profiles they check."the practice is raising questions that recently prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia to take action.
Last week, the group sent a letter to the Virginia State Police criticizing its policy of reviewing a candidate’s social network sites — including those hidden behind privacy settings."
So people who plan to land professional/office/management jobs or go to grad school and have sexual or otherwise explicit pictures or conversations on their fb or myspace or whatever (outside of a normal bathsuit picture, obviously) might want to take them down when they are job hunting... Just a public service announcement...what slipped under the radar back when you graduated college or whatever might not make it now...
And some of these sites take forever to take your stuff down. I had documents uploaded to one site that I wanted removed and first of all it's hell even finding the information that tells you where/to what email to send such requests to, then it takes forever and maybe lots of followup to get a response from them!
Employers differ on online applicant checks - Washington Times"In 2009, a survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers conducted by online job site CareerBuilder.com indicated that 45 percent of employers used a social networking site to vet potential employees — more than double the percentage in 2008, and a step in a direction officials said likely won't change anytime soon."