Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Anyone can say anything about anybody

Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, has published in top legal journals and completed internships at leading institutions in her field. So when the Yale law student interviewed with 16 firms for a job this summer, she was concerned that she had only four call-backs. She was stunned when she had zero offers.

Though it is difficult to prove a direct link, the woman thinks she is a victim of a new form of reputation-maligning: online postings with offensive content and personal attacks that can be stored forever and are easily accessible through a Google search.

I would never knowingly engage the services on a law firm so dumb that they would credit anonymous postings.

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