'Pre-crime' Comes to the HR Dept.
Sep 29, 2010, 18:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Elgan)
[ Thanks to James
Maguire for this link. ]
"In the Steven Spielberg movie Minority Report, police
belonging to a special Pre-crime unit arrest people for crimes they
would do in the future. It's science fiction, and it will probably
never happen in our lifetimes.
"However, the pre-crime concept is coming very soon to the world
of Human Resources (HR) and employee management.
"A Santa Barbara, Calif., startup called Social Intelligence
data-mines the social networks to help companies decide if they
really want to hire you.
"While background checks, which mainly look for a criminal
record, and even credit checks have become more common, Social
Intelligence is the first company that I'm aware of that
systematically trolls social networks for evidence of bad
"Using automation software that slogs through Facebook, Twitter,
Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, blogs, and "thousands of other sources,"
the company develops a report on the "real you" -- not the
carefully crafted you in your resume. The service is called Social
Intelligence Hiring. The company promises a 48-hour