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Goldman Sachs Trader Addicted to Facebook

I started getting invites to join social networking sites around 2000. I think the first one was from a friend who had joined Orkut. Then others followed, Hi5, myspace, friendster, facebook etc. I can't remember the rest of them. While I politely turned each invite down, I couldn't help but feel like a curmudgeon.

I just didn't see the point of joining a site and then spending hours and hours each day sharing with the world what I was doing, eating, wearing, etc. or putting up pictures from parties or whatever. If I wanted to share something with friends I could just, you know, call them. Or email them. The other thing that made me think twice was the whole issue of privacy.

Anyway, here's a guy who got sucked into the whole social networking thing big time. Apprently he is a trader working for Goldman Sachs in the UK. He spends upwards of 4 hours a day on facebook and is so gone that when he got a warning from Goldman Sachs the first thing he did was put it up on his facebook page.

“It’s a measure of how warped I’ve become that, not only am I surprisingly proud of this, but in addition, the first thing I did was to post it here, and that losing my job worries me far less than losing facebook ever could.”

Its a bit creepy that Goldman's IT department spies on their employees. But I really wonder if this is a hoax. Goldman Sachs did not get to where it is by hiring guys like Charlie.

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Via TechCrunch

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9 Responses to “Goldman Sachs Trader Addicted to Facebook”  

  1. 1 john

    they hired cramer...just kidding...glad to see u posting again

  2. 2 Babak

    lol... yeah, but he was a broker (salesman) not a trader. I guess he still is.

  3. 3 john


  4. 4 Swerve

    The email is of course a joke, no-one in HR at any firm like GS would write like that. It was posted by Charlie's friends and created more interest than expected.

  5. 5 Rachel

    Don't be silly, of course GS would hire 'someone like this'. Someone like what exactly -- aged under 30? All of us waste time on the internet. It's not a big deal and given the hours we work, it's fair enough. We need a break sometime. I visit about 20 sites a day when I'm bored (and I love my job)... it's like going for a glass of water or staring out the window for a few moments.

    By the way the four hours thing is just because he tends to work with the page still open.

  6. 6 Babak

    all I know is there is a line going round the block for people who would kill to work for Sachs.

  7. 7 -A-

    @Babak: Isn't that the case for any job? Charlie just went a li'l overboard with his obsession to stay online. He still wasn't as bad as some people I know.

  1. 1 Charlie Barrow: Facebook & Goldman Sachs by Cornell Blog
  2. 2 Are we starting to spend too much time online? at David Marcus’ Blog | Mobile, Media and Entrepreneurship

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