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Nov 9, 2013 12:42 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Social media mistakes may come back to haunt UA students

TUCSON- From "friending" on Facebook, to "following" on Twitter.

It's the way we connect in 2013.

But if you're not careful, some inappropriate posts may follow you in the future. "You just see things that probably should not be on Facebook," UA Junior Natalie Paul says.

Facebook pages like "U of A Makeouts", which now has nearly 5,000 likes, is designed to "show how much us Wildcats love to make out!" Students can submit photos of other students making out at parties, then the photos get anonymously posted by the page's administrator.

Then there is the Twitter handle called @ZonaBoobs, inspired by a similar Twitter handle from Kansas University. The page says: "We support Wildcat Athletics by tweeting our girls in UofA apparel! Send pics to No nudity. No affiliation with UofA." The pages has more than 1,500 followers.

"That is so awkward," Paul says. "Why would anyone want to do that?"

"To each his own," UA Junior Rohan Kupar says.

While the behavior is not new among college students, Kris Bosworth of the UA College of Education says posting the behavior on social media for the public to see, makes it a little more problematic. "They're out in cyber space and you never know where they're going to pop up and become one of those viral YouTube videos," Bosworth says.

It can put a person's job and social life in jeopardy, not to mention the university's reputation.

With all of the consequences in mind, some students are now being a bit more careful about how they connect. "It's not my thing, I wouldn't do that," Kupar says. "I would keep my personal life to myself."

There was also a Facebook page called "Uof A DABS", which encouraged students to submit drunk photos of their friends. That page is no longer running, however there is a Twitter page with the same name, @UofADABS, which was started this month. The page has 18 followers.


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