Social Media Matters: Would you give up Facebook password or give up your job?

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, March 23, 2012
Metro section

Would you give up Facebook password or give up your job?

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this troubling trend. The first time was a U.S. incident. Now, there are reports of some Canadian employers asking job applicants to hand over their Facebook passwords so that they can get checked out before being hired.

The Hamilton Spectator published an article from The Toronto Star on March 20 describing how Oakville resident Rob MacLeod was a finalist for a policing position in 2009 only to be asked to hand over his Facebook password. He didn’t want to, obviously, and even offered to log in and leave the room while recruiters scanned his account.

But the interviewer held firm to his demand and MacLeod eventually gave in and handed it over.

“I was surprised. I was shocked they would ask that,” MacLeod said in the article. ‘I felt like I was being pressured into doing it. It felt like if I didn’t do it, he would call the recruiter and say, “This guy’s not interested in the job.” The states of Maryland and Illinois are now considering legislation that would prohibit public agencies from demanding social networking information.

Major-league baseball Twitter prank falls flat

Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson played together on the Rangers last year before Wilson went to the Angels this season.

When Napoli joked publicly about hitting some home runs off Wilson’s pitches, Wilson retaliated by tweeting Napoli’s cell phone number to his more than 116,000 followers. Obviously, Napoli wasn’t amused and didn’t think the prank was terribly funny.

According to an article published March 20 in the Toronto Sun, Napoli said he’d wished Wilson would have simply called him if he was that upset about it. Furthermore, he added that he didn’t even know Wilson that well and thought the so-called prank was uncalled for.

Wilson has since removed the tweet. Napoli said he won’t retaliate.

Kony 2012 video director arrested

The man behind one of the most viral videos of all time, director Jason Russell, was placed under psychiatric care after a supposed dehydration-caused naked public ranting incident in San Diego. Russell’s film urging the capture of a Ugandan warlord went viral very quickly, causing a massive amount of publicity followed by criticism. Meanwhile, Russell’s wife says the pressure got to him.

Beware of cinnamon

CinnamonApparently, it’s nearly impossible to eat a spoonful of cinnamon. Who knew? Who even thought about?

Well, apparently someone has.

If you don’t believe me, search for “cinnamon challenge” on YouTube and you’ll find a bunch of quite funny videos of people trying to eat a spoonful of the spice. Perhaps it’s because cinnamon is very popular in North American food – especially baking – that people assume that it’s harmless. Apparently, though, the heat it produces in mass quantities in one’s mouth is right up there with fire.

One of the most over-the-top videos is by stand-up comic GloZell ( and, whose reaction is quite simply priceless.

From what I’ve seen, though, the challenge is to eat a spoonful of cinnamon. GloZell tries to eat about a half-cup of the stuff with disastrous results.

She took on the challenge after several requests from her channel’s viewers. I’m not so sure even she knew what to expect. The subsequent reaction – including cinnamon blowing out her nose – is, well, hilarious. In fact, it’s been featured regularly as comedic filler on The Soup with Joel McHale. So far, her cinnamon challenge video has more than 11 million views.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I suggest three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to March 20.

1) GloZell (448,082 subscribers): Since I mentioned her channel in the previous segment, I might as well feature it here, too. GloZell is a stand-up comedienne who’s definitely committed to her YouTube channel, since she has more than 1,330 videos uploaded (Wow!) with a total of more than 171 million views. I have to admit, before her cinnamon challenge video, I’d never heard of her, but I’m subscribed now and look forward to checking out her comedy further. (Most popular video: ‘My Push up Bra will help me get my man’ – 17,794,148 views.)

2) Official YouTube Channel of Bob Proctor (2,873 subscribers): If you read any kind of self-improvement books or a fan of The Secret, you’ve most likely heard of best-selling author and popular motivational speaker and strategist Bob Proctor. He’s definitely one of the leaders in the self-improvement industry. Some of his topics include goal cards, the importance of having a coach, turning thoughts into results, and the value of a minute. Most popular video: ‘Bob Proctor talks about our Belief Systems’ – 55,103.)

3) FND Films (156,219 subscribers): FND Films creates irreverent sketch comedy videos that are definitely not family-friendly. If you like South Park, you should enjoy these. These guys have rabid fans. Their 86 videos have been viewed a total of nearly 46 million times. (Most popular video: ‘FND Films – Gay Zombie’ – 6,621,028 views.)

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