I'm a member of the LinkedIn Executive Suite Group. Several days ago, the following discussion started: "When making a hiring decision, is it ethical to check connections and conversations of a person on social networking sites like Linkedin, Facebook, Orkut etc?". As of today, more than 252 people have weighed in (both pro and con).
Several things fascinate me about this ongoing discussion.
First is the obvious: It is still ongoing. People continue to have an opinion, they post their opinion, and just like fanning a fire, the debate continues.
Second, regardless of which side of the fence you're on - - the reality is that if you put it on the web - you have lost control of who reads it.
Third, remember the first and second statements above. "Feelings" of right or wrong do not change the facts. Those facts are: if you post it on the internet - it can (and may) go viral without your consent. That's the internet rule over which you have no control.
So, look at your Facebook/YouTube/MySpace entries very carefully. Also, what your friends are posting on your Facebook. You may have to hide some friends who still see it as a private journal they share with a few friends. Amazing what people will share.
Good news!! It can work in your favor. So sit back, connect and enjoy an amazing adventure.