Avoid trouble with your social media posts

5:51 AM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- Have you ever posted something on social media that seemed like a good idea at first, but you regretted it soon after?

You're not alone. 

A new survey found many young people worry that their posts on Facebook and Twitter could come back to bite them someday.

The survey, sponsored by FindLaw.com found that 29 percent of social media users ages 18-34 said they have posted a photo, comment or other personal information that they later wanted to take back. 

Participants in the survey said those posts could potentially cost them their jobs or disqualify them from a new job, and 21 percent said they've taken down a post because they were scared of the repercussions from an employer.

Even with a widespread understanding of social media privacy settings, the worry continues to linger. Of users surveyed, 82 percent said they pay attention to the privacy options. The default settings are used by only 6 percent, who said they ignore privacy settings. 

It turns out that social media users do indeed need to worry. 

In June, Careerbuilder conducted a study that showed that over 40 percent of employers look to social media as they research prospective workers, and did not hire candidates based on what they found. That number has grown since 2012. 

Those who use Facebook, Twitter and other sites should take note that posts can work in their favor. 

The study found that 19 percent of managers said social media posts show off a candidate's personality, creativity and communication skills -- all strengths that led to a new hire. 

The best advice for using social media? Think before you post, but keep on posting.

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