A year ago, I began to notice how many of the student-athletes we cover were on Twitter sharing vivid details of their daily routines, and it was scary to see how many users stepped out of bounds in terms of content. Former staff writer Phil Terrigno also took note, and began to screen capture tweets with objectionable content. None of those are printable here.
The story that resulted from the growing misuse of Twitter was pulled together over the last few weeks, and ran Sunday in The Journal News and LoHud.com.
Schools are scrambling to educate coaches and students about the proper use of social media, but this is a free speech issue so most are reluctant to fill a section of the handbook with hard and fast rules. Tweets are permanent. We spoke with a number of college coaches, who have somebody on staff monitoring all recruits. Poor taste can and has resulted in the loss of scholarship money.
And yes, a wide majority of employers will scour the internet before making a hire.
To read some advice offered by social media experts, click here.