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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Have You Been Facebooked?

I first learned about Facebook when I did a post on Workplace Prof Blog a number of months ago on how employers were increasingly using so-called social networking sites to find out more about students they were about to interview for jobs. 

For those that don't know, Facebook is a website where people (mostly students) can post information and pictures, write friends, and join cyber-groups (real and whimsical) with those with similar interests.  For instance, there are groups based on being in the same section in law school, based on having the same political affiliations, and based on not passing the bar the first time.  According to Facebook, it "has grown to over 8 million people and, according to comScore, ranks as the seventh-most trafficked site in the United States."

The second time I heard about Facebook was when I was informed by one of my students more recently that a Facebook group had been started in my honor (as you will see, I use the term "honor" loosely).  The name of the group?  Professor Secunda's Stockholm Syndrome Support Group.  The description of the group:

Come on. You know it's true. You took one class with him, and now you can't stop. You know it's bad for you, but you just can't stop. Besides, he only beats you when you deserve it, right?

Still not sure what to think about this ersatz fan club, but flattery doesn't quite capture it.  I feel like castor oil.   And Kim Roosevelt (my college classmate) thinks he has issues with student evaluations.

Anyway, I would be interested to hear if anyone else has had similar Facebook experiences.

Posted by Workplace Prof on August 20, 2006 at 01:02 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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I just followed your link and registered. I had heard of this as some sort of shadowy network from my children, and once I was in, sure enough, all three of them were there. Let's see, maybe we can find out who's in the Bohemian Club.... (there goes my invitation).

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Aug 20, 2006 1:39:42 PM

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