...I just can't imagine how spending one's time "tweeting" or maintaining a Facebook page has much to do with what kind of employee I want, unless perhaps those "tweets" particularly socially unacceptable.
I *might* do a search of technical forums to see what kind of tech questions and answers my applicant is giving / asking...
I don't think I mentioned facebook in my post, though I did mention twitter. The idea is that having an online presence (my examples suggested websites, blogs, and twitter feeds) indicates you have ideas, and based on the size of your following, indicates that you've convinced other people that they are good ideas. It shows you are an active participant in your field and are recognized as an authority. Or at least that's the argument that has been made to me.
Though I haven't been 'trying' to hide, I only rarely use my full name online and don't even have a consistent pseudonym. I don't have a website, and haven't blogged or tweeted. I'm currently in a field which does not publish. Should I start now, or is an first-time tweeter/blogger in 2013 worse than someone with no presence at all?"
That's what I was thinking. I wasn't even aware that the iPhone had turn-by-turn GPS apps yet. Surely that must be very recent.
Yelling "Install NoScript you n00bs!!1!" won't register noobs... because they're newbs.
And if they were to install noscript, they wouldn't have the skill or patiance to configure all the exceptions, and would complain to you about their broken Internet.
"legitimate need to upload a two-hour video of good quality" Who gets to define legitimate?
As others have pointed out, 'The Community.' But I have a hard time believing something of that length could possibly be appropriate for an encyclopedia article. Then again, that applies to be existing wikipedia articles....