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Around the Web: How To Clean Up Your Social Media For College Application

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As members of the infamous Millennial Generation, a lot of us are users of social media websites. And it’s not just Facebook anymore -– Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram and Foursquare are all big names in the social networking world now. While this means it’s easier for us to connect with friends, it also might mean sharing info with unknown users. And some of these aforementioned users could be the people holding your future in their hands: college admissions officers.

“It is always absolutely necessary that students are aware of the content they place online,” says Cindy Boyles Crawford, senior assistant director of admissions at the University of Georgia. Though not all colleges and universities take into account an applicant’s social media profiles, they do have the right to look. After all, it’s information on the Internet, and almost everyone can access it.

“Many scholarships, organizations and companies see social media as the ‘true view’ of a student’s character,” Crawford says. “One could easily be outstanding in an interview, then tarnish the image by an irresponsible post on their profile.”

Jacqueline Murphy, director of admission for the undergrad program at Saint Michael’s College, says that while admissions may not always look at your account, more narrowed organizations like athletic departments and financial aid offices might take a peek. “I know of at least a couple of occasions here where a student’s application status was compromised by their social media presence when our athletic department did a little more investigation of transfer applicants and found some very damning information,” Murphy says. “Bottom line, you never know who will be looking for you… where and when.”

This uncertainty of who’s looking makes the relationship between social media and college application process even more unnerving. Though you may have cleaned up your profile to what your mom might think is appropriate, now you’ll need to clean your profile to what an admissions officer or an athletic recruiter or a scholarship coordinator would deem appropriate.

Here are a few tips for cleaning up your various social networking profiles! Be sure to go through all of them, since you likely have some linked accounts (e.g. Twitter and Instagram).

Facebook: Filter “What’s on Your Mind”

Settings, settings, settings! Your first step for cleaning up any social media profile should be clicking on that little gear button tucked away in the corner of the page. Privacy settings are especially important to pay attention to on Facebook, as there are so many options as to who sees what. You should be monitoring your privacy settings and changing who can see your wall, photos and likes; who can tag you in photos and who can look you up. Changing your privacy settings puts you in control of what your profile looks like to others.

Clean up your pictures. Some of us millennials have been on Facebook since middle school, so you probably consider your first few profile pics to be a dark corner of your profile. Well, it’s time to venture back there and delete anything embarrassing, irrelevant and especially inappropriate. After you’ve combed through your photos, your profile should end up free of any pictures with racial slurs, offensive language, inappropriate gestures or clothing and basically anything else you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see.

Look over your likes. Again, if you’ve had your account since middle school, you’re probably face-palming right now. Really, go to your page and check out your likes -– you’ll find the weirdest, most unnecessary pages. “B*tch Please, I’m a Teenager,” “I stare blankly into my locker when I’m trying to remember my homework,” “Telling your mom something you thought was funny and getting yelled at for it” and “I hate when I actually do my homework and the teacher doesn’t even collect it” aren’t exactly ways you want to present yourself to potential coaches, counselors and admissions officers –- not to mention, they can be kind of embarrassing. Take a minute to make sure you’ve only “liked” pages that are recent, relevant and appropriate.

Twitter: Think Before You Tweet

Your handle is essentially your name on Twitter. It’s your username, how people contact you and how users look you up. Therefore, it’s super important to have a clean and professional one. If you want people to know who you are, your handle should somewhat resemble your real name -– for example, you could do @firstnamelastname7, or maybe the initial of your first name and your full last name. Try to avoid inappropriate handles like @shitsarahsays867 or outdated, embarrassing names like @kraziprincess494.

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Around the Web: Android Phones to Suit Your Pocket

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Considering the number of Android phones out in the market now, deciding on one to get would mean a lot of research based on individual preferences which include size, added features, brand names….and for a great number of people, price.
It is important to note that not all Android phones are Google certified. The difference being that the Google certified Android devices have passed certain Google device tests and have “official permission” from Google to carry the Google brand, basically one could say the certified devices have the Android operating system running on them and also Google apps which include gmail, google+, youtube, Hangouts(Gtalk), Google Now, Maps, Google Translate and most importantly the Play Store, where you purchase and download apps. Brands in this category include Samsung, LG, Motorola, Acer, Benq, Sony Xperia, HTC, Techno, Infinix, Huawei e.t.c

While the “uncertified” devices only carry the Android operating system and preinstalled/Factory installed applications, It is not impossible to find some “uncertified devices with the Google apps installed on them, nor is it impossible to actually buy an uncertified device and modify the installation oneself, but that would take some technical know-how and most times the applications are unstable because the hardware on the device does not meet certain requirements to run those apps. Most “China” Android phones fall in this category other newly sprouting brand is ‘Be-Social’.
That being said, we don’t have the luxury to walk in a store and pick up a contract line that comes with a high end smartphone making it “affordable” so we end up having to break the bank to purchase the smartphone at its retail price. This makes it extremely difficult to get the phones we “want” and eventually, we end up with the phones we can “afford”.
Based on that here’s a list of “affordable” devices that aren’t exactly at par with the high end devices, but would give any of those said devices a run for their money and also have the same or seemingly close to the generic functionality of the high end devices.
  • Techno Q1 – price ranges from N15,500 to N19,000
Tecno Q1 is an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Dual SIM smartphone with complete Qwerty keyboard, 2.6-inch capacitive touch screen, speedy 3.5G connections and a 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash. The Q1 also comes pre-loaded with Whatsapp, GMail and over 600,000 apps available for download at the Google Play Store.
The Tecno Q1 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM, which will offer a decent performance considering the price. It is loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich, which is great considering that the older Gingerbread appears to be the standard for most Android phones in its price point.
Tecno Q1 has a rear 5 megapixels camera with flash and a 0.3 megapixels front facing camera.
  • Techno N7 – price ranges from N27,500 to N31,000
Tecno N7 is a dual-SIM Android 4.0 OS powered smartphone with a large and responsive 5.0″ capacitive touch screen display with 1.2GHz Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon S4 Processor and 512MB RAM. A 5-Mega pixel main back camera with flash. It supports MicroSD up to 32GB comes supplied with a 8GB card.
  • Techno Phantom A (F7) –  price ranges from N34,500 to N36,500
The Tecno Phantom A, also known as Tecno F7, is a stylish 5.0 HD touchscreen and dual-SIM smartphone. It features a 1.0 GHz dual-core Processor and 1GB RAM, 9.1MM super Slim Body, expandable microSD (up to 32GB), 8.0 megapixel Back camera with flash, 1.2 megapixel front camera and has the Android 4.1 OS Jelly Bean operating system upgradable to 4.2.2.
  • Infinix Race Bolt – price ranges from N26,000 to N28,000
Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream, this device features a 4.0” high resolution display, 1.2GHZ Dual Core CPU and also 512MB of RAM, a 8.0MP back camera with flash and 0.3MP front facing camera, the standard connectivity options Wifi, Wifi hotspot, GPS, AGPS, USB and Bluetooth. Its a dual sim phone like all the others where one sim serves for data and the other is just for voice calls.
  • Infinix Race Eagle – price ranges from N31,000 to N34,000
The sides of the Infinix Race Eagle are lined with a glossy silver strip with a flat front. The back is mostly flat but slightly curved at the edges, with the camera bulging out slightly. The Infinix Race Eagle has a 5.0” capacitative touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.
It has the usual connectivity options WiFi, WiFi hotspot, GPS, and Bluetooth, It also has built-in sensors (G-sensor, proximity sensor, and light sensor).
The phone is preloaded with Google Maps, an FM radio, Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, and other applications for everyday use. With a 1.3MP front facing camera and 8MP rear facing camera, this phone easily tops the list performance ad feature wise, one draw back though, its not entirely easy to handle for people with small hands.
  • LG Optimus L5 II Dual –  price ranges from N18,000 to N22,000
Smaller than the previously mentioned phones, the LG Optimus L3 II Dual has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.15MP camera, dual-SIM, and fast 3G Internet data service enabled on one sim. Also running Android 4.0, It features a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM, standard connectivity options –  WiFi, WiFi hotspot, GPS, and Bluetooth.  A single 5MP rear facing camera without flash.
  • HTC Desire C – price ranges from N24,500 to N26,500
With a 600MHz processor and 512MB RAM the HTC Desire C does not stand out performance wise, but what it lacks in performance it makes up for in application storage space much larger than other devices in the same category and also sporting authentic sounds brought to you by Beats Audio™. Running Android 4.0 on a 3.5” inch screen with HTC Sense 4, the HTC Desire C is relatively smaller but quite catching to the eye almost feminine. Expandable storage with the MicroSD up to 32GB and 4GB  internal storage the HTC Desire C sits strongly as a favourite in the “Affordable” bracket.

There you have it, the top most popular “affordable” Android phones in the market, now its up to you to decide which suits you the most.

By Ayoola Ilesanmi 30. July. 2013
Via @9jeducation
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