Remember that time your “best friend” took a picture of you wearing pasties with a joint in your hand taking body-shots off mini Mr. T and posted it to Facebook? That’s why you’re poor and don’t have a job.

When social media is used incorrectly those embarrassing moments that you would usually bury deep down within your psyche will follow you around until you die. You will die and instead of people remembering how generous and kind you were, they will remember that one thing you did that one time in Cabo. Thanks Facebook, you ruined my legacy.

Fortunately, when used correctly social media can be a helpful tool,  especially for journalists.  One of the many ways journalists can use social media to their advantage is by networking, an important tool in most careers. Using social media is a great way to connect with others and expand your contacts. It is important for journalist to be up-to-date on the latest news. Following reliable news sources on Twitter or Facebook allows journalists to get breaking news directly to their phones in a concise way. Social media can also be used as a promotional device by Tweeting links to their stories or post them directly on Facebook.

Another way social media can help journalists is with research. Since I have been interning at Seven I have had to do a lot of digging online looking for new restaurants and bars opening up around town and finding their contacts. Almost all bushiness have a Facebook page with contact info directly on them. Rarely do I have to look any further than Facebook to get this information.

So let’s not let social media get the best of us, let’s get the best of it. Next time you’re thinking about sharing a little too much online, think again and network instead…or just make your profile private and share your shame with friends only.