Social Media Jinxing College Applicants

Teens find out social media may hurt chances at being accepted.
3:00 | 10/19/12

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And now, something to tell every young person in your life. A new way the things you do can come back to haunt you. Those embarrassing photos and diary notes on facebook can now torpedo your college admission. College officials jumping in like detectives and looking to see who their applicants really are. Abc's linsey davis with a life warning for american families. Reporter: Rachel murphy thought she had the picture perfect profile to apply to the college of her dreams. This is the thing that was a bit concerning. Do you remember that? No. Reporter: Turning out, she had some housekeeping to do on her facebook page. She took down video on her site that didn't relate to her at all. And good thing she did. A new study out this week finds more than 25% of colleges search google or facebook to get a window into their applicants. One-third say they discovered something that hurt the student's chances ofetting in. All those pictures of drinking, tales of cheating and posts littered with profanity. Most kids have no idea how important it is that their profile online be appropriate for the admissions process. Reporter: They don't just search your site. They'll dig into your friends' sites for photos of you. What would be that red flag that causes you to go online? Typically we're provoked by either a jaded classmate or a parent, a faculty member. Reporter: That's right. Jaded classmates, sometimes flag admissions offices about what other classmates have been up to online. Public image management 101? Don't just keep track of your account. Keep track of what your friends post about you. Don't deactivate your account. Admissions officers say it could raise suspicion at the college. Don't post anything you wouldn't want your mom to see. Reporter: The cliffnotes version? Think before you tweet. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.

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