It seems that is not just employers that are checking out social profiles when they are judging you.

We mentioned in Future Employers May Be Checking Your Facebook Account that some employers are now checking out social profiles when they consider whom to hire.  According to an article from the Chicago Tribune, college admissions officers are starting to do the same.

In a recent survey of admissions offices of prestigious schools, 10% of respondents said they have peeked at the profiles of incoming students on MySpace and Facebook.  Of those 10%, 38% said what they saw had a negative impact on respondents. While not a majority yet, it is still an important look into the future and how your online reputation can be as important as how you conduct yourself in person, if not more so. What you put online is available at all times for anyone in the world to see, and they should properly reflect who you are.

Will this become the trend for all schools? Doubtful. Christopher Watson, the dean of undergraduate admissions Northwestern University told the Chicago Tribune, “We consider Facebook and MySpace their personal space. It would feel somewhat like an invasion of privacy.”

It is just another lesson to consider more and more what you do put out there for public consumption about yourself.  Just as I do with my personal blog, i think about how it might be viewed by people down the line in my life.  I am making a public document about myself, and I think you do have to think about what you are putting out there.  If you don’t want to play it safe with your personal profile, always do consider making it private so that only the people you personally choose can see it.

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