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Think before you tweet.
Think before you tweet. / Daniel Allan/Getty Images

Even savvy users could stand a refresher on how to behave on social networking sites. ďYou create a permanent digital footprint every time you tweet or post something,Ē warns Julie Spira, founder of

Other people can spread your pictures and posts, and the Library of Congress archives every public tweet. So itís crucial that you think before you use social media. Her advice:

Less is more.

ďIf youíre not sure you should post something, donít.Ē On Facebook, post no more than four times a day. Logging in at work is a ďdigital equivalent of hanging out by the water cooler.Ē

Keep boundaries.

Want to ďfriendĒ your teen? About two-thirds of 16-to-18-year-olds are willing to be friends with their parents on Facebook, according to a Kaplan Test Prep survey. And there are good reasons to gain access to your childís profile: You can keep an eye out for things like cyber-bullying and mentions of parties or alcohol. Just be sure to ask first.

ďSay, ĎIím not going to spy on you or write embarrassing things on your wall. But if I see something that gives me pause, Iíll ask you about it.íĒ Donít push if your teen says no.

Use common sense.

Donít post medical issues; not only is it TMI (too much info), your insurance can use it. Donít bad-talk your employer, and donít pester pals to play Farmville. ďWould the equivalent behavior be acceptable in real life? If the answer is no, then forget it.Ē

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