Ga. City Checking Applicants' Facebook Page

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Finding a job is often simply a matter of who you know. However, for some potential employees in Albany, Ga., it's actually all about whether the boss knows you.

City officials in Albany are considering requiring access to an applicant's Facebook page to see into an individual's life through their pictures, friends, and status updates.

"We have to be fair, but we also have to move along with the world of today to look at these things so we make sure we don't have candidates who have baggage we don't want," said Dougherty County Police Department spokesman Jimmy Sexton.

The next time you're online on your Facebook page, you may want to ask yourself -- 'Could this keep me from my next job?'

"Honestly, it wouldn't really bother me. I look at it as a way to network with future employers. Basically it's just pictures of who I am," said Vernon Alford, a college student.

"I think when certain users have a private setting, it's kind of like, what is he trying to hide or trying to conceal?" Alford said.

The city's in the process of making sure the new requirement is handled legally. The human resources department is installing additional computers to handle only Twitter and Facebook traffic.

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