Business vs Social Networking & Legislation

Things that make me go hmmmmmmmmm....
I recently attended a free webinar, where the speaker made distinct lines between social and business networks. However, as recruitment professionals, those lines are often crossed. Isn't a true network a mix of both?

I do recognize that some Social Networks like Facebook are mostly created for the personal, and are used as social sharing pages. However, the recruiter and HR professional have checked it for networks into companies, business executives and as a means of due diligence. Other networks like F, seem to be for business alliances, and companies frequently promote their wares to members in a specific demographic. However, retaining that information in the company profile is indicative that what F is asking is socially where does your company want to attract customers. On the flip side, asking "where do you play as an idividual?" is a social question, one that in a face to face interview is illegal.

That is what makes me go Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...I wonder if legislation of the future, and recent past will go beyond the battles of invasion of privacy into questions about the ability of online media to breach Blacklisting, and Discrimation claims.

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Comment by Maureen Sharib on June 3, 2009 at 1:56pm
That's why I call my networks BUSINESS networks.

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