Thursday, March 15, 2012

Social Media and Travel (Tarleton Tip Thursday #8)

Welcome back to Tarleton Tip Thursday, where every week we give you tips to help you harness the power of social media. This week's post is about your social media profiles.

If you're a college student, you may be on spring break this week, which often involves travel.  But everyone who uses social media can from benefit from being careful with social media when they're away from home. After, many criminals scan social media sites for easy robbery targets. Here are a  few quick tips to make sure you have a fun and safe vacation.

1. Opt out of checking in. Yes I know you want everyone at home to see that you're "mayor" on a fabulous beach somewhere. while they are back at home probably sitting on the couch. Just remember that is what pictures and lunch dates are for when you come back!

2. Don't make hasty decisions. Maybe accept that friend request after you return, rather than instantly.

3. Don't overshare. Don't be too forthcoming with information about yourself with someone you've just met (online or off). If someone is making you uncomfortable, find an excuse to leave.  Don't let someone take advantage of your desire to be polite.

Now turn off that cell phone, shut down that computer and go get some SUN.

Have a happy and safe spring break!

Brooke King is a Communications major at Tarleton State University and a Social Media Committee intern with the Texas Social Media Research Institute.

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