4 Career Lessons From Prince Harry's Vegas Pictures

Prince Harry Vegas pictures

Have you seen Britain's Prince Harry lately? Of course you have -- photos of the prince's pixelated privates have been all over the Web and the news for the past couple days.

For Harry, the private-photos-made-public (thanks, TMZ) will likely result in few consequences, save a possible reprimand from his superiors in the British Army and having to endure hearing Queen Elizabeth explain that she's not so much angry as she is disappointed. Call it a perk of being born to royalty -- the usual rules just don't apply, and image and reputation are more durable. But, you're not Prince Harry (unless, of course, you are. And, in which case, thanks for reading, Harry!) And so that questionable photo on Facebook or that ill-advised tweet could have real repercussions, especially when it comes to your career.

More than half of employers use social media to recruit and vet job candidates, according to a 2011 Society for Human Resource Management survey. And there are plenty of anecdotes about people who lost their jobs because of things they posted online.

We hate to play the same old tune, here. But people just keep on damaging their reputations, getting fired or missing out on opportunities because of stupid stuff they do online. And it's not just the tweet-happy members of the group that everyone likes to call the millennials.

People of all ages and occupations get into hot water over bad social media decisions. A bunch of police officers in New York, for instance, just got punished for posting allegedly racist comments on a Facebook page, The Huffington Post reports.

And last year a teacher in Georgia reportedly lost her job after an anonymous parent complained to the school district about photos on the vacation teacher's Facebook page that showed her drinking alcohol.

So please, use your head and protect yourself by always keeping these things fresh in your mind:

1. Everyone has a camera.

These days, anyone with a cell phone can take your photo 20 times before you even know it -- and then they can easily send it, post it online or copy it, without you permitting it or even being aware of it.
  • Getting crazy at a party? Someone is taking your photo.
  • Getting into a fight? Someone is taking your photo.
  • Getting into a game of strip billiards in a Las Vegas hotel room? Someone is taking your photo.

Moral of the story: Be aware of your surroundings, think before you act and maintain decorum in public. Big Brother is everywhere!

2. The Internet is a public place.

Even if you're surfing the Web from your family room while wearing your PJs, remember: You're in public and a lot of what you do and say on the Internet will be visible to others. If it's not something you would say or show on Main Street, you should think twice before saying it or showing it online via social media.

3. The Internet is forever.

Items posted to the Web can be endlessly copied and reposted – what some call the "collective memory" of the Internet. When it's online, you're not able to tear it up, scratch it out or burn it. And even if you pull a photo or post from your own social media, there's no telling if it's already been snatched by someone else.

4. Check privacy settings often.

As social media sites evolve, the way your information is used and accessed may change. So even if you set your profile to have the most stringent privacy protections a year ago, changes in the social media platform could have affected them and you may be sharing more than you think. Make sure that you're protected by double-checking your privacy settings often.

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Personally, since all I have read about his nudity escapades, I believe he is a "closet case".

August 26 2012 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

...potential? a dumbass is a dumbass.

August 26 2012 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Go Harry Go, this is what we love about you, you are a free spirit and do all the things most people do. The least of which was serving in your military duty for your country in Afganistan. We love your demeanor and your zest for life, carry on young man.

August 26 2012 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is the big deal and why do we care? Prince Harry is a young man doing what young men do.
With all the problems in the world today this is what your talking about..This is very sad.

August 26 2012 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Doe

Stop and think; what right has anyone to take pictures of his private life and publish them? They should be sued to deter creeps from doing that sort of thing. Stay a free spirit Harry, more people love you for that.

August 26 2012 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Doe

Harry is much loved all over the world and a free spirit; he is learning and taking in all his brain will comprehend and should be seen as such. The big problem is the creep who took those pictures and benefitted from them with financial gain. I say stay as you are Harry, learn life's experiences good and bad and you will wind up wise beyond your years.

August 26 2012 at 4:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

BAD COMPANY corrupts good morals.

August 26 2012 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I LOVE you HARRY, enjoy life , live it to the fullest, some folks just don't have and jealousy can be a bitter thing.

August 26 2012 at 7:55 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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So people need to be up to the necks in sins or they're just pathetic,
bitter, jealous folks?

What are you smokin'?

August 26 2012 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Prince of England does not have or need a career, he is the Prince, he doesn't need to work, doesn't need to look for work and if he doesn't brush his hair or his teeth, someone will do it for him.


August 25 2012 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just what "career" are you referring to? The "Royals" including the Prince are actually little more than very highly paid animatronic display window mannequins at this point! They however apparently still play a vital role for the multi-million country- wide theme park that England has now become.

August 25 2012 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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