Astute users of online services have long been aware of the connection between online identities and their real world persona. With the growth of popularity of MySpace experts have been pointing out employers will be using people's MySpace profiles to get information about a potential hire. Today comes news that two Rockville, Maryland teens were charged with setting 17 fires after they bragged about setting the fires on MySpace.
The announcement brings to mind one profile of an underage teen claiming to be 21 on their MySpace profile. The profile goes on to talk about the teen's drinking binges and chasing the opposite sex. At the same time this teen expresses a desire to be a lawyer one day. What is most amazing about this sort of online bragging is that a simple Google search provides enough collaborating information for any potential employer or law school admissions officer to know the braggart is at most 19, not the claimed 21. Or maybe just a curious neighborhood police officer stopping by the site.