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What Would Your Grandma Say About That?

Published on May 23, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

Submitted by Victoria Davis, a marketing student in the business program at Broadview University.

The world is consumed with social media. Experts say more than 60 percent of adults use social media. Nearly a quarter of them use Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Out of those people, more than 90 percent are on Facebook. Every time you turn around, it’s as if you can’t escape it. Social media says a lot about the world, but what do your social media pages say about you? Better yet, if your grandma saw your Facebook page would you be embarrassed? What if your future employer saw your Facebook page?  These are just a couple of things to keep in mind while you update your social media sites.

Appearance is everything. Future employers may not have met you yet, but they can try to find you online. Employers will look at things like your writing and your pictures. Putting up pictures for family and friends to see can be fun. Be careful of what pictures you put up though. Once again think, would my grandma approve of this picture of me at the bar? Probably not.  Thinking of grandma can make editing Facebook easy. Facebook also makes it easy to edit your page and privacy settings. The problem is, not many people do it.

Many Facebook users have not put in the effort to make their pages secure. Facebook has many security settings to help you control just who sees your Facebook page. There may be pictures on Facebook you do not want to be tagged in or you would like kept private. There may also be private information that you do not want the general public to see.

During a recent social media boot camp at Broadview University, the community manager showed us how to make our Facebook accounts secure. When you go to your Facebook page click on the little button in the far top right corner that looks like a gear. Up there, you can find a section called ‘Privacy settings’. Once you click on that you can limit everything people see. Every social media website has options like this. It is not just on Facebook where we need to control our settings.

There are so many sites—Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.—that make it more difficult to control our entire social media lives. It is important to be engaged in the social media you choose to use. With all the social media sites out there it can be hard to keep them all straight. It can be hard to manage time and keep everything straight while actively stay engaged with our social media sites. Luckily for us, social media experts have caught on to that as well. Many social media sites allow you to link them together to create easy updating. Even if they do not simultaneously update, there are many sites that have buttons for sharing on other sites.

The most important thing to remember when you use social media—ask yourself, “What would grandma think?” As the boot camp instructor said, “When in doubt, leave it out!” Social media is a great tool for us to get ourselves out there—you just need to remember the impression you want to make.

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