College Facebook Etiquette

As much as you may love posting duck face photos on your profile every week, there’s a whole new level of Internet responsibility to which you need to adhere now that you’re a college student. Facebook in particular can be a dangerous place for young adults; it’s not uncommon for employers to check out applicants’ profiles, and because you’re a grown-up now, your professors may friend request you. For young women thinking about their life after college, Facebook isn’t just a way to socialize; it’s also a potential networking opportunity.

As an incoming student, weed out your profile page. Look for embarrassing pictures, statuses and posts that are less-than-professional, and unfriend anyone who may post something you wouldn’t want an employer to see. Pretend you’re an employer or professor; what wouldn’t be appropriate for them to find? Even if you don’t intend to use social media for networking, employers will google and Facebook stalk you, so it’s best to be as safe as possible.

If you plan to use Facebook as a networking tool, don’t be afraid to brag about your accomplishments. These accomplishments should be professionally appropriate of course (nothing about how many shots you managed to down the other night for example). Show off how smart you are with links to articles and blog posts, but don’t be too opinionated. Demonstrate that you’re aware of the world around you, but also open-minded. Finally, be professional, not personal. It’s fine to post about your social life, but make sure you’re smart about how much you reveal.

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