Specifically academia - can universities see more of a FB member’s content than the rest of us mortals?
Reasons for asking:
[li]In most cases, when I try searching for someone on Facebook, all I can see is a thumbnail of their profile picture (usually, I can’t even view it full size to confirm that it’s the right person). On rare occasions, I can see a small selection of photos that have presumably been uploaded with ‘public’ visibility.[/li]
[li]However, I keep hearing stories about how students interviewing for a position at some university or other, find their interviewer asking them an oblique question about some specific set of images they posted (e.g. a series of photos of them and their mates drinking, partying, vomiting, lying in the gutter and exposing too much flesh).[/li][/ul]
Now it could just be that the examples I’m hearing about are cases where the individual has their sharing settings wide open, and nothing more than that - I’m fully prepared to accept that conclusion.
Or it could be that certain organisations somehow have a little bit more access to social media content than the man on the street. What’s the straight dope?