The Name Game on Facebook

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Attention Mark Zuckerberg: over 50 million Facebook users would like their identity back. Identity on any social media could potentially be a concern, but why is this becoming a rising issue? High school and college students should realize what they put on Facebook now may negatively affect their chances at getting future jobs.

Cake Greenburger is a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, who admits to joining the trend. However, his name is not, “Cake Greenburger,” it is actually “Jake Greenberg.” “It was actually a good time to think of a senior name and the more ridiculous you make it the more fun it is,” says Greenberg. Well, this one definitely takes the cake!If this is all fun and games, what’s the problem?  There are actually several problems. Well, for starters, Facebook passed new regulation rules as of 2013 and once you change your name you may not be able to change it back. They may ask friends to fill out a survey asking if this is your real name. Next, colleges actually are checking! In a recent survey from the University of Massachusetts, one in five colleges admit to researching students through social media sites.

How does NYIT feel about their students with social media accounts? Those participating in social media must realize that you are representing NYIT. The internet is a way the NYIT community, communicates, educates, and presents itself to the world. Don’t make a fake identity. Be yourself, and represent the college to your fullest potential.

Major companies are increasingly turning to social media sites to screen potential employees. You can be denied a job, even with a flawless resume and interview for the inappropriate things you have on a social media site. Students should use social media to their advantage. By showing pictures of volunteering and community service this will only benefit you. So keep in mind, what you put on the internet today may affect your future.

 

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