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The next time students post an edgy or controversial Facebook or Twitter comment, they may want to think about the associated consequences before submitting it.

According to a recent story by Bloomberg, 27 percent of college business school admissions officers said they Google applicants’ names to learn more about them, while 22 percent said they visited their social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter) for the same purpose.

Facebook has become such a normal part of American culture that some of us don’t even think about the consequences associated with our status updates. But they exist. And they affect a wide range of student groups:

Prospective students

In applying to a public, private or online university, prospective students probably want to keep in mind the content they post to Facebook and Twitter is open to the public. Yes, you can set your Facebook profile settings to “private,” meaning only your friends are able to view the information on your profile. Even in this case, remember your main profile picture can be seen by anyone, regardless of the privacy settings. Keep the wild party pictures far away from Facebook.

Current students

It’s not easy to keep everything you post on Facebook and Twitter positive. But current students should take their online reputation seriously. Thinking about applying to that business school or criminal justice school? In the event you’re neck and neck with another student, the admissions representative could look to online reputation as the deciding factor. Who is the admissions rep more likely to choose in a tight race, someone who curses and has scantily clad pictures up, or someone who presents him/herself in the public eye with class and professionalism?

Graduating students

In the same way an admissions rep is likely to check out a college applicant’s online reputation, a human resources manager could easily take the same approach with recent college graduates looking for full-time jobs. The next time you go on an interview, think about your online reputation, especially if you’re serious about the position. The economy is making it difficult enough for recent college graduates to find a job, and fierce competition exists in the race to grab the attention of a potential employer. Don’t make it more difficult on yourself than it already is. Clean up your social networking sites, if necessary.


Contributed by Eric Sorrentino, Grantham University

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