Facebook profiles can predict job performance

A new study says looking at people's profiles on the social network can predict how dependable or emotionally stable a person is.

This final note today -- either the secret to good human resources management at companies everywhere or yet another indicator that Facebook is nothing more than an enormous time-suck.

There's a study out in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology this month looking at whether people's profiles on social networks -- by which they mean Facebook -- can predict job performance.

The short answer is you bet they can. Which leads to this, at the bottom of the study: 1) They say they need to do more research to fully validate their findings. And 2) I'm quoting, here, "consideration of legal risks should be fully considered."


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