Even though you had perfect stance while getting iced on your birthday or did the longest keg stand of your life, it’s probably not the best idea to put that as your profile picture for the world to see.
Employers and supervisors of interns are getting smarter when it comes to stalking on Facebook. It’s easy to forget that they can easily have someone accessible to them that is on the same network, or as alumni, check out those embarrassing pictures you were tagged in last night.
Here are some tips to keep your fratty details from being plastered all over someone’s newsfeed:
• This seems like a no-brainer, but choosing what email you use to have registered with Facebook is a quick trick to making your profile harder to find. So go ahead and use that embarrassing middle school email that was WrItTeN lYkE tHiS — at least it’s useful for something.
• Make your tagged photos private. Of course you want everyone to see how hot you looked in your formal attire, but no one wants the mobile upload that your buddies took of you making out with someone on the dance floor. Also, many smart phones don’t allow de-tagging of pictures, so you are stuck with that picture until you find a computer to de-tag it.
• “I’M SO HAMMERED RIGHT NOW. #winning” is not a smart status to write if you are underage. Employers don’t care how many shots you survived last night. If someone is friends with you on Facebook, they probably know your partying habits. Underage drinking happens regardless if it’s illegal. No need to advertise it all over the Internet.
• Sexual escapades — employers REALLY don’t want to know if you are going to break every rule in the book regarding co-worker relationships. So directly or indirectly telling your best friend via wall post that you went home with that hot guy at the bar last night is not appropriate.
• Another quick trick that seems to be a hot trend on Facebook right now is changing your display name. Some people get really creative, but others just put in their nickname or spell their name in a distinctive way.
These tips aren’t meant to take the fun out of keeping in touch online, but are just a reminder that this information is public, one way or another, regardless of how private you make it.
Victoria Colson is a Kappa Kappa Gamma from University of Florida. She is a junior studying public relations and political science. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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