I have no reason to believe the Boston Globe has been tracking the Hobbs situation from afar, but today they posted a story (registration might be required) about how employers are increasingly garnering info on potential employees by searching Google and reading personal blogs.
That's all fine and dandy, but if it's used as a shortcut to the actual vetting process needed in business today (much like it's more and more a shortcut in the academic world), then it's just lazy and stupid.
Most people *aren't* overly careful about what they write on their blogs, thinking that, for the most part, only their friends and close acquaintances will be the ones checking it out. Hence, snap judgments about what kind of employee they'll be made strictly by looking at what they blog, be it pictures of cuddly bunnies or rants for/against the government, are incomplete and generally worthless.
(BTW, for anybody out there wanting to hire me and is currently reading this, hello. Welcome. But please, take everything you see here with a grain of salt. This isn't my work product...send me an email and I'll provide you with enough of that to choke a horse. And I don't really want to pummel Red Wings fans...at least not today.)