An interesting study by Retrevo demonstrates that "Social Media Remorse" is more prevalent that you might think: almost 1 in 3 of social media users (or 32 percent) say they've posted something online they regretted. Of that percentage, 3 percent say it ruined their marriage or relationship with someone; 6 percent of them said it caused problems at work or home.
What’s more: - 54 percent of people under 25 years old have posted something online they regretted.
Perhaps you’ve heard the stories: a “Facecrook” gets busted for a burglary after he left his Facebook page up on his victim's computer; a Wisconsin man – forbidden to have a firearm according to a domestic abuse injunction – is arrested after his ex-girlfriend saw him posing with a shotgun in a Facebook profile; a grad student inappropriately tweets: "Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work." A teenager gets busted for having a party while his Mom is out of town, after his friends post the photos. (Oh wait… that last one happened at my house.)
3. Be mostly positive. In a grouchy mood? Stay off Twitter. At least, be snarky and crabby sporadically. (Unless, of course, that is your brand. In that case, carry on.)
4. And finally, in social media, there’s a huge difference between personal and personality. The latter is good… the former, well, not so much. Check the survey results above.