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Dr. Woody Up/Down results: Embarrassing Facebook pictures

May 6, 2011

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Dr. Woody

Has anyone ever posted an embarrassing picture of you on their Facebook page without telling you?

There were 264 responses to this week’s Up/Down, and it was pretty even!

YES

127 (48.1%)

NO

137 (51.9%)

Nearly half of those who responded said they have had an embarrassing picture posted by a friend without knowing about it. Considering how competitive the internship market is these days, this is a scary thought! The fact is, recruiters are out there scouring the Web in search of potentially incriminating posts and pictures that may knock you out of contention. So keep these two tips in mind:

  • Check Photo Tags: Regularly check for photo tagging and be sure to de-tag yourself from any photo that you don’t want posted on your page. Also, don’t hesitate to ask a friend to take down a picture you don’t like from their page. Remember, it’s not just about how you look in the photo — you must beware of guilt by association!
  • Know Your Privacy Settings: This seems to be a moving target with Facebook, so make sure to keep abreast of the latest privacy changes and be sure to monitor who has access to what. I hate to say it, but no matter how secure your settings are, any photo posted on the Web can ultimately get loose into cyberspace.

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