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You very well know admission officers are using online searches to know more about students. And facebook is one social media they look into to learn about your taste and behaviour. You sent an application with high scores, strong essays with an outstanding resume. Now, the officer looks into your facebook page and sees you liked ‘ Lady gaga’ and ‘Malika Sherawat’. What does it show? What does it tell about your taste?

What if your facebook looks positive and makes an impression.But don’t try to completely fake it.Be natural as possible and at the same time give an impression you are a dignified and really interested in higher studies (atleast till you get admission :) ).

Facebook is open to everyone, which means anyone can sign up, search for and even “LIKE” you. A jealous Facebook “friend” who does have access to your profile could post unflattering comments, tag you in questionable photos or even send that material to an admissions officer. You can’t assume that your Facebook page is secure just because you have privacy settings preventing strangers from seeing your profile.

A representative from one Ivy League school recently reports receiving a number of anonymous Facebook and Google “tips” each year — including photos of students doing things that they shouldn’t be doing, and certainly shouldn’t be posting on the Web. He said that on at least one occasion, an offer of admission has been revoked as a result.

Facebook Safety

So what should you do to ensure their Facebook profiles don’t have a negative influence on your chances for being admitted to the college of their choice? Here are some tips.

Remove phone numbers and addresses from Facebook. Not only is this a general safety precaution but it also reduces someone’s ability to search for you.

Use a friend filter. Chances are, you only really using social networking sites to connect with friends, so using a friend filter enables you to only accept requests from people you knows in real life.

Use the “grandparent test.” If you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see a message sent between you and your friends, then you also should not post anything on someone’s wall that you wouldn’t want Grandma — or a college admissions officer — to see. Make sure your friends know about the “grandparent test” policy and follow it.

Untag from any questionable photos. After doing so, you should talk to the person who posted the pictures and ask him to take them down. Obviously, it is best to not engage in any behavior that might result in a questionable photo.

Positive Uses of Facebook

While your child’s social networking pages and profiles can have a potentially negative impact on her chances of admission, there are also ways to use these sites to one’s advantage during the admissions process. Facebook, blogs, and Twitter are all about expressing oneself as an individual, which is exactly what many admissions committees want to see. Students must make their Facebook profiles an accurate, yet professional, extension of themselves. Here are some ways students can make the best use of social networking sites.

Be true to yourself. Students might want to impress admissions counselors with their Facebook, but they should be sure not to misrepresent yourself.

Show off a little. If you are a photographer or an artist, you should post pictures. If you play tabala or violin , you should create a MySpace page devoted to your work to show off.This will portray your extracurricular activity. If you like to write, you should start a blog. This will show admissions counselors that you have a real passion for something, and that you are proud of your work.

Express interest in the universities you applied. Many colleges are creating pages on Facebook, and you can express interest by “LIKING” them, or becoming a fan. That said, you should not friend admissions counselors directly, which can be taken as a ploy to increase your chances and do more harm than good.

Follow these simple strategies and you will be atleast a good student in others eyes till you get admission :)

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