Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Facebook is fun, but what if a college admissions officer sees that photo of you making out with your boyfriend while wearing your Sexy Kim Jong Il Halloween costume? A Sparkler writes:
I am a freshman in highschool and I don’t have a facebook account. I figure that it will be better for college admissions if I am pretty much invisible online. The problem is that all my friends have facebook accounts and I feel kind of left out when they talk about everything on facebook. Any advice? Should I remain invisible online or not? Thank you.
You are right to be a little cautious about Facebook—and any social networking site, for that matter. Some college admissions committees look at these sites, and the material posted on your profile could potentially be harmful later on. However, there is no reason to avoid Facebook altogether. You shouldn't run into any trouble as long as you keep your profile clean and refrain from posting anything that could be damaging later on.
Facebook's settings are highly customizable; if you're worried about certain people on your Friends list posting unsavory comments about you or other people, you can take away their posting privileges. You can also make specific elements of your profile private, control how you show up in search results, and de-tag photos of yourself. You have lots of options about what viewers can see, and there are many ways to customize your page so that no harm is inadvertently done to your future college or career prospects. I say, create a profile and have fun!
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