MSNBC: Red Tape - When it comes to online reputation, 'life's not fair, and companies aren't either'
Once upon a time, youthful indiscretions committed during college years stayed locked up in the memories of school buddies or, at worst, on a police report tucked away in a small-town police station file.
Social media and the Internet have changed that. Now, a single moment of bad judgment — an unflattering photo, an inappropriate comment or something more serious — can live forever in friends’ Facebook posts or tweets. Worse yet, the information is easily searchable by future employers. A decade later, one black mark could doom a job application in the time it takes to type “Bob Sullivan” into a search engine.