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Could Twitter's New Search Feature Keep You From a Job?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Twitter has launched a new feature where every public tweet ever made since its launch in 2006 is searchable. Here’s why this could be a problem:

Sure, most likely your entire Twitter history is full of tweets of little importance. There’s a chance you may have said something you would wish you hadn’t, but you’ve entirely forgotten about it. And it’s those tweets that may land you in some trouble.

According to an annual survey conducted by Jobvite, 55% of recruiters reconsider candidates after looking through their social media profiles. In fact, nearly 93% of recruiters already do or plan to use social media for hiring. Given this heightened scrutiny on applicants' social profiles, the fact that all of your tweets are now searchable can be somewhat concerning.

Going back through eight years of tweets may be daunting, but the job market is more competitive than ever. For applicants, cleaning up social profiles may be needed in order to gain the advantage. Or, at least, avoid being disqualified because of some controversial posts made years ago.

According to Twitter’s blog post about the new feature:

“This new infrastructure enables many use cases, providing comprehensive results for entire TV and sports seasons, conferences (#TEDGlobal), industry discussions (#MobilePayments), places, businesses and long-lived hashtag conversations across topics, such as #JapanEarthquake#Election2012#ScotlandDecides#HongKong,#Ferguson and many more. This change will be rolling out to users over the next few days.”

For more information on the new search capabilities, visit Twitter’s blog.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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