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Speaker: Social Media Posts Can 'Come Back to Haunt'

Oct. 2, 2012

Beth L. Jokinen

Social Media Posts

When Bluffton University students were asked Tuesday how many were on Facebook, nearly every hand went up. The same question about Twitter garnered not quite as many hands but still a majority in the room.

Obviously, Tiffany Seller had found a good audience for her "How Technology Impacts the Pieces of Me" presentation.

Sellers, who spoke at Bluffton's weekly forum, is senior manager for university relations with Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories, a global pharmaceutical and health care products company. Part of her job is recruiting workers.

"Recruiters are undercover," she told students. "We find out a lot about you before you come to interview. We look to see what you have been up to and lot of times we can find it on Facebook and Twitter."

Sellers urged students to make sure what is written about them on sites such as Facebook and Twitter is true. She reminded them that it is their reputation. Social media users shouldn't be over specific about their whereabouts, Sellers said. Largely it is a safety concern.

"You will find that the more you share, the more likely some lurkers are looking," she said.

Source: (c)2012 The Lima News (Lima, Ohio). Distributed by MCT Information Services

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