Whether you’re a college student, recent grad, on the job hunt, or have a steady position right now. I don’t care… you need to clean up those social media sites and be professional, people.

I know, I know. Facebook is a place where you can share all your funny, sometimes inappropriate thoughts and ramblings with friends and family and Instagram is the place where you share all the photos you ever take, right?!  



If you want to use these sites for these purposes, be my guest, but make sure you check your privacy settings and only allow the people you grant access to, to view your profiles. 

However, we all know that in the PR world, being able to show off your impressive social media skills can be a huge plus. So clean up those sites and make sure they are looking fresh and professional.  

(Create separate personal sites if you can’t keep your inappropriate pictures and not-so-professional thoughts off the internet – and make sure your settings are set to private.)

 Control who sees your posts. Facebook offers a setting for filtering your posts. Use it. Create the lists for your friends, family and professional ‘friends’ and make sure each of your posts are set to show only to the appropriate lists. And, please, please do not use Facebook as your diary.

Think before you tweet and make sure your Twitter handle is something professional. Avoid inappropriate and outdated names. Use Twitter to proactively network and show your knowledge in your field.

xo rachel

2 Comments on Clean Up Your Social Media Sites

  1. Rachel
    March 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Yes! This is definitely something that people need to be aware of online! Even as young teens they make mistakes that aren't easily "deletable" from their social media reputation, and those can hurt them when they grow up!

  2. Rachel Laitala
    March 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm (7 years ago)

    So true and important! Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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