Many of you were surprised to find out that colleges and universities are checking out your Facebook and Twitter profiles when they review your college applications. We don't want you to be surprised if it comes up during your interview, or worse, results in a rejection letter! That's why we found these great tips from educaiton expert, Melissa Venable, to help you get your social media profile college (or job) ready!
Can Your Facebook Keep You Out of College?
Do a little housekeeping
Google your name and see what comes up on the results page. Are there pictures or posts you need to delete? Do you have open accounts that you aren't really using? Take some time to review what you share online, making sure you are sending positive messages about yourself.
Check your settings
What you thought was private, may now be public as platforms like Facebook and YouTube continue to update their terms of service and setting options. You should go into each of your accounts to review these terms and confirm your settings. There are additional privacy considerations – if your account is private, but someone else posts something about you in their profile that isn't private, it may be found in a search. And if you become a "fan" of a school, they may then have access to your full profile depending on your privacy and account settings.
Consider your audience
It may be larger than you think.What things do you want your audience, particularly college recruiters and admissions counselors, to know about you? Focus on the positive and promote your strengths and accomplishments. You are beginning what will likely become a long-term online presence. As you build your digital reputation, do so thoughtfully and maintain it with your future goals in mind.
Participate in conversations with your favorite schools
Once you find these schools online and active in social media, don't stop there. Engage in ongoing conversations taking place in discussion forums and live chat sessions. These opportunities will help you make connections with admissions representatives, students, and alumni who are networking online.