I tried to reword the title of the post but my non-journalistic instincts did not come up with a better one.
The University of Minnesota as an entity is not looking at profiles but staff, faculty and the University of Minnesota Police Department are.
This should be common knowledge for anyone with a social networking profile but either the many local and national news stories are not getting through to users or the users do not care.
The Minnesota Daily has this article today, Who's looking at your Facebook?
There it is kids (and adults too), people are looking at your profiles. Get it now? Putting stupid stuff about yourself, family and friends in a public domain can and likely will come back to bite you in the ass.
Yes I said ass.
I am venting now but I long ago became tired of people saying it is not fair that their personal life is subject to scrutiny. Get over it. Better yet do something about it. Or event better yet stop putting it out there.
Do not post the stuff or at a minimum keep it private.
Universities and employers are not looking for the perfect choir boys and girls but they are looking for someone with some sense of dignity and character.
And maybe the University of Minnesota is looking at profiles of those applying like other universities and colleges are, College Admissions Officers Using Facebook, MySpace, and Other Social Networking Sites to Block Students:
"A recent study by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth found that 25 percent of college admissions offices admit to using search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN to research potential students and that 20 percent look for the same information on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace."
For your education and your career stop posting your dirty laundry for everyone to see. I can imagine what kind of fun you had last Friday night but I do not need to see it and most importantly you do not want Friday night to impact getting into your college program or your next promotion at work.
Here ends what has to be my third or fourth rant on social network stupidity.