Your Reputation Online and Medical School Admissions

premed-socialA friend of mine recently interviewed a prospective employee. As a routine part of his research, he googled the employee by name. Although it didn’t affect his decision to hire the prospect, he did express surprise that the candidate’s public facebook profile contained numerous images of excessive drinking, public nudity and an obvious appreciation for the ganj. Fortunately, the job didn’t require operating any heavy machinery (lol!).

Consider these facts:

  • 93% of US adult Internet users are on Facebook
  • 80% of active internet users visit social networks and blogs
  • Internet users spend 22.5% of their online time social networking

Every minute of the day:

  • 100,000 tweets are sent
  • 684,478 pieces of content are shared on Facebook
  • 2 million search queries are made on google
  • 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube
  • 47,000 apps are downloaded from the App Store
  • 3,600 photos are shared on Instagram
  • 571 websites are created

(Source: AllTwitter)

Everybody’s Cyber-Researching You

You can pretty much bet that every professor you talk to, every administrator, researcher, lab assistant, classmate … Everyone is going to Google you. You know it’s true, because when you meet someone you may be interested in for some reason, you Google him or her.

So you’ve probably already read or seen or thought about your own online profile, and maybe you’ve already taken some steps to keep your private life private.

I’d love to hear from you on this. What are your top tips for maintaining your privacy settings, while still being able to share the good times with your close friends and family? Email me your tips at dono @, or post your thoughts in the comments below.

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