CSU social media experts explain the importance of protecting your online image

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's been one day since ABC canceled the Roseanne reboot after what they called a repugnant tweet from the show's lead actor.

Is it making you re-think what you post on social media? Experts say there's a lesson to be learned on how to protect your image online.

Social media experts at Columbus State University say sites like Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter have more power than you think. These social media apps have millions of users. Leaders at CSU say be careful before you press send because it's forever and can impact your image, whether it's being hired or staying employed.

"You could be passed up for jobs. You could potentially be fired from your job. So, it's very important for you to remember that whenever you're on social media," says CSU Communications Specialist Kristin Andris.

Those who spend a lot of time on social media say although they have free speech, they understand there can still be repercussions for what you post.

"If you think about it twice, it's usually not a good idea. I would go so far to even say when I'm on YouTube I'll see a certain comment that might make me laugh a little bit, but I'll choose not to like it because I'm like well there's a little bit of risk material there that might not reflect well on me, "says recent CSU grad Patrick Beavers.

One college student says she remembers how one Snapchat post spread like wildfire.

"A group of girls was singing in a video a song where they were using the n-word and I think it was targeted toward a specific person who was African-American. The caption said, 'say something, I dare you.' It was a big thing that broke out around campus," says Whitey Moore.

For people young and old, what you put on Facebook or Instagram is your brand and potential employers or friends look at that and learn the good and the bad.

"You have to weigh that part and what does your social media profile say about you?" asks Greg Hudgison, CSU's director of University Relations.

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