The other day, a friend of my was ecstatic. Her cyber-snooping paid off. She had been watching the activity of a prospective client on Foursquare and noticed check into a particular restaurant often at lunchtime. So, she cold called the client and invited her out to lunch at the restaurant. The prospect agreed to the lunch.
It got me thinking about all the ways we are using online information to give us a leg up in the workplace. It's almost like the line between our work lives and our personal lives is gone. Everything we do online is out there for the world to see -- and that includes your boss or your competitor.
Coincidentally, I discovered today is National Stalking Awareness Day. It's one of the top trending topicson Twitter. Clearly, there's a huge difference in cyber-stalking and cyber-snooping. Stalking is done out of obsession or as harassment. Spying or snooping is done more for financial or career gain.
Today, in my Miami Herald column, I wrore about workplace cyber-spying on the rise. I've received lots of email so far, both for and against online snooping. Are you a cyber-snooper? Do you think we all need to be?