A few days ago, a meeting of the House of Representatives was called to discuss the legality of employers requiring potential and current employees to reveal their social media passwords. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) presented the measure, which would allow the FCC to prevent such an act. The bill was voted down 184 to 236 and did not pass.
Politics aside, the actuality that employers have been asking for confidential passwords is a little awkward. Users of Facebook (the social network the bill has chosen to focus on, although all networks are included) are unhappy about the practice. In response to all the coverage, Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan made a post on March 23 stating that Facebook did not believe anyone should ever have to share their passwords at any time.
While this social struggle continues to take shape, there are a few things you can do to keep your social media presence above board.
One suggestion to remedy the request of a social network password is to direct the inquirer to LinkedIn, a social site dedicated to one's professional life. The site is extremely useful as a self promotion platform and is utilized by recruiters and HR departments quite often in the hiring process. Use the site to your advantage by acquiring recommendations from previous employers and including a comprehensive work history so that all the work information associated with a resume can live in one happy place.
Another good measure would be to take a look at the current privacy settings of your page. Is it fully viewable to the public? Do you share with just friends and family? Facebook is always changing, so if it's been a while since the last update of your privacy settings it couldn't hurt to go over them again.
Regardless of privacy settings, it's important to always remember that what you're posting online should be conducive to how you'd like yourself to be seen by others. Private doesn't always mean inaccessible, so my rule of thumb is that if I can't talk to my family (loving grandmother, especially) about what I'm posting, then it's better kept to myself.
A general way to approach different social media platforms would be to save Facebook/Google+ for friends and family, use Twitter as a means of daily communication/updates, LinkedIn for your professional connections and information, and YouTube for entertainment. These suggestions are by all means just that, suggestions, so find a happy medium for your online presence and have fun!