When Social Media Comes Back to Haunt You

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Allison Grimaldo // @AlmGrimaldo

Social media is becoming the number one way to tell the world where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re with. It has given us a new way to voice our opinions and communicate with the world. We’re able to blog, vlog, tweet and even post a status update about what we think is important and what issues we feel passionately about. These days, it isn’t hard for a company to find personal information on its employees, job-seeking applicants, or even it’s business competition.

According to a blog post posted by Kaplan Test Prep, it’s not just companies who are interested in what you post on social media. Now, colleges are looking into applicant’s social media accounts to get a glimpse of what type of person they are online as well as on paper. As young adults, we aren’t always careful about what we post. We do things in the moment, and after tweeting for a few days — it all gets pushed further down, and you think no one has the time to go through all your old tweets and status updates. But, as social media becomes more relevant for everyday use — shouldn’t we start watching what we say online? The reality is — we’re going to tweet some pretty dumb things, and unfortunately, people are going to find it.

As a college student, I’m no stranger to phrases such as  “watch what you tweet,” or “don’t tweet something you wouldn’t want your future employer to see”. But as the years’ progress, it’s not just college students who are going to have to worry about who is checking up on their Facebook or Twitter profile.

This last week, I listened to a podcast talking about the future of social media and how it may impact politicians as they run for office. The podcast “Flash Forward” takes us into a future world where presidential candidates are digging up their opponent’s scandalous, old social media posts, trying to give the American people a reason not to vote for their opponent. Although this is all taking place in 2046, we are already seeing signs of this now.

With the election season coming to a close, many are waiting and watching closely for what new information will emerge about each candidate. Although we aren’t necessarily looking for embarrassing tweets or status updates just yet, it will be interesting to see how far back each candidate goes, and what might catch up with them.


Stevens, Heidi. “What’s in That Bottle? More Colleges Check Applicants’ Social Media Pages.” Chicagotribune.com. N.p., 17 May 2016. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/stevens/ct-college-admissions-search-applicants-social-media-balancing-20160114-story.html


“Episode 18: Revenge of the Retweet.” Flash Forward RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. http://www.flashforwardpod.com/2016/07/26/episode-18-revenge-of-the-retweet/

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