College students: Get your social media in shape

You’re no longer in high school. The things you post to your social media matter. Shape up your accounts to reflect the person you are and the person you want to be.


1. Check, double check, triple check your post

DiGiorno tweet

 Photo credit: BuzzFeed

Learn from DiGiorno’s mistake. Don’t assume you know what anything is about without checking  first.


2.  Provide value

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 Photo Credit: Ashley Draz via Facebook

Tweet news stories, share Facebook articles, tweet events going on around campus.


3. Not your therapist

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Photo Credit: @thebreakuptweet via Twitter

Leave personal issues outside of the social media world.


4. Resume worthy

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Photo credit: @My_LifesAJoke via Twitter

Don’t always post what’s on your mind. Future employers will see it.

5.  No stealing 

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Photo credit: @starbucks via Instagram

Just like in the classroom, no plagiarizing. Give credit where it’s due.
i.e. If you’re going to post a photo from Starbucks’ Instagram, be sure to use appropriate tagging and hashtags.


6.  Nobody likes a negative Nancy

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Photo credit: @ashdraz via Instagram

Don’t bring others down with negativity. Keep it positive like #MotivationalMonday


7. Grandma Test

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Photo credit: @CollegeTownLife via Twitter

If it’s not something you’d share with grandma, you might want to rethink that.


8. Transparency

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Photo credit: via Twitter

Don’t say it online if you wouldn’t say it in person.


9. Positive self promotion


Photo credit: Ashley Draz via Facebook

Showing you’re involved is always a good thing.


10. Network

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 Photo credit: @annatultz via Twitter

Following business professionals isn’t enough. Actively engage in conversations.


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