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Sharing too much? It could cost you a job or college admission

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Oversharing on social media is probably something that everyone is guilty of at one time or another.

Let's hope it doesn't become a habit since it is a fact that your paper resume has been replaced by an internet search -- and contrary to what some people may believe, you may not get a chance to explain away some of those questionable comments or pictures.

It goes the for people that own businesses or professionals. If you a growing number of disgruntled clients and customers, maintaining your virtual image -- as well as taking care of your clients, should be a priority.

In today's fast-paced society people will not take the time to determine what is internet-fact verses internet-fiction. They will simply move on to your competitor.

Whether you are a teenager getting ready to apply to college or someone that is job hunting, fact is, you will be considered an applicant. Applicants will usually be part of an internet search.

What will they find out about you?

Take the time to search yourself and maintain your virtual image.

Tips to help you maintain your virtual "self" and protect your image:

Remember, the internet is forever. There is no rewind online - post remorse may happen to you once or twice, but don't allow it to become a habit.

Learn to take the time to manage your privacy settings and change your passwords frequently (create challenging ones). They have a tendency to change - review them weekly.

Never expose personal information - especially for teens, they need to know that sharing their social security number is never okay. When it comes to their phone number, address and other private information, the teen should check with their parents first.

Clean out your non-friends! Sure we all love having a quantity of friends on our social media sites, however remember they also have access to your social media site information. How well do you really know them?

Keep in mind, you never get a second chance to make a first impression -- today that means virtually. Keep it clean, keep it positive, and monitor it with care.

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