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Avoiding Social Media Mishaps

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Over the past week, there have been some pretty big social media mishaps making headlines around the country.

There's the Minnesota teen who has suspended from school over a tweet he wrote about his teacher; also, the Wisconsin National Guard's Funeral honor guard who posted a picture by a casket saying with the caption ‘We put the fun in funeral.'

Both are examples of the serious consequences a quick post online can have. It's why many social media experts say everyone should think very carefully before they post a photo, comment or thought onto any form of social media.

"If you wouldn't say it to your mother and your best friends just don't say it at all. I think you can take that to your online profile as well," said Amanda Oberg, who works in Social media at 44 Interactive in Sioux Falls.

"Its really just thinking before you speak. Before you get overly passionate about a certain topic or conversation, think of the ramifications of what you are about to say or from a picture you might share. All of that starts to compile your own brand reputation online," said Wade Humphreys, the Director of Digital marketing at 44 Interactive in Sioux Falls.

Also remember that whatever you're posting online could be seen by just about anyone. While you may intend a photo or comment for your friends eyes only, if it's online, anyone can find it.

Ellen DeGeneres likes to demonstrate this point on her show occasionally in a segment called In Your Facebook. She will show a few embarrassing or questionable photos from the Facebook pages of people in the audience.

The audience member's embarrassed faces go to show just what your social media presence can say about you. So remember every photo, comment or post is a reflection of you; just make sure what people are seeing is the person you want to be.

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