March 11, 2014
Portability hadn't been an issue until now because many companies embraced social media only recently. Now, though, recruiters often rely on LinkedIn. Marketers maintain Facebook pages, upload videos to YouTube and try to accumulate Twitter followers. And other employees may be encouraged to tweet, post blog items or otherwise get involved in the cacophonous social media conversation to show their company is a great place to work or a trustworthy firm.
Interesting issues were raised in a lawsuit filed last year by Hanover, Maryland-based technology staffing and services firm TEKsystems Inc. against three former employees and their new employer. Among other things, the lawsuit claimed one of the former employees, recruiter Brelyn Hammernick, violated an employment agreement by connecting with 16 TEKsystems employees on LinkedIn.
Lee helped awaken people to the topic of social media ownership with a blog posting last year. His essay at recruiting blogs.com titled "Who Owns Your LinkedIn Profile? What Everyone Needs To Know" triggered Juge's comments about clashing with Microsoft over LinkedIn contacts.