Yes, HR execs check your Facebook page

Have you ever applied for a job and wondered why you didn’t get it, even though you were qualified? According to a new survey, there’s a good chance that the person doing the hiring found something about you online that they didn’t like. The survey done by Microsoft found that 70 percent of HR professionals in the U.S. have rejected a job applicant based on what they found out about that individual by searching online (that number is lower in other countries).

As part of Data Privacy Day on Thursday, Microsoft says it conducted a survey of 2,500 people that included, consumers, HR managers and recruitment professionals in the US, the UK, Germany and France, with the goal of learning more about attitudes toward online reputation and how this information can have real life consequences. The survey found that the top online factors for rejecting a job applicant are unsuitable photos/videos, concerns about a candidate’s lifestyle and inappropriate comments written by the candidate.

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GigaOm launches a research offering

This is a just a quick note to congratulate my friend Om Malik and his team at GigaOm for launching a new service called GigaOm Pro — a for-pay research site that pulls together analysis on industry trends across a number of verticals, including mobile, green technology and so on. I think this is a very smart move (like most of the things Om has done), and there is more about the rationale behind the subscription service in this post. In the interests of full disclosure, I have written for GigaOm in the past, and hope to be able to do so again at some point in the future.

… and the OMpire expands

Call it the OMpire — as Liz Gannes calls it, in a good-humoured jab at her boss — or the OMniverse, as Susan Mernit dubs it here, Om Malik’s blog dominion continues to increase. And that (as Martha used to say) is a good thing. Some of the fastest and smartest coverage of new media is coming from people like Om, and Rafat and Staci at (where I noticed Jimmy Guterman’s name show up the other day), as well as Cynthia Brumfield at


New TeeVee, helmed by Liz with people like Jackson West and Russell Shaw contributing, will focus on anything to do with video online, from startups like Howard Lindzon’s Wallstrip to mega-deals like YouTube, as Om describes here. The GigaOm network now includes the main blog, Web Worker Daily, New TeeVee and the upcoming GigaGamez (a blog about the IP networking business has been taken back to the shop for some tinkering, Om says).

Very smart indeed, as Erick Schonfeld points out. Nice work, Om — although I still think it makes sense for you and Mike Arrington to get hitched. Now go get some sleep.

I think Mike and Om should get hitched

I’m just throwing this out there — not because I know anything (because I don’t), and not because I have any ulterior motives (I don’t even have any posterior motives), but just because it occurred to me, and the more I thought about it the more it seemed to make sense. I guess I’m posting it here because I want to see if anyone agrees with me. Even if you don’t, feel free to let me know.

I think Mike Arrington should merge his burgeoning global TechCrunch empire with Om Malik’s growing network. Why? Well, the benefits would be obvious, I think — more sites and more readers equals a bigger player when it comes to advertising space, and that’s the name of the game when you’re trying to build what amounts to an online magazine business.

mike and om

I guess what got me started thinking about it was when I noticed that Mike’s blogs, including TechCrunch and MobileCrunch, linked to Om’s blog when he had a post about something, and Om has done the same thing with Mike — which makes sense, since they cover things that overlap a lot of the time, and they also know each other and are friends. Mike has even given a boost to Om’s Widgets Live conference.

And then I got thinking about how little overlap there really is between the two: Mike does Web 2.0 services and gadgets and that kind of thing, while Om concentrates on telecom and broadband stuff and some mobile coverage. Why not join forces and have something that covers all of those things better than anyone? Then Mike could get closer to his recently-stated wish of having more page views that CNet.