Public figures like Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who was felled by a sexting scandal, know all too well what it feels like to run into the buzz saw that is social media.
But what if you're not famous? Oversharing information or images on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram likely won't result in a headline-grabbing controversy, but it still could wind up costing you plenty of money.
"Online reputation management and mitigation companies are a booming business because people just can't stop posting things they shouldn't, which often have long-term negative effects on their personal and professional lives," says Robert Siciliano, an online security expert for McAfee.
With smartphones giving users the ability to post to social media no matter where they are or what they're doing, avoiding oversharing may be harder now than ever. Here are some of the potential consequences.
Jeopardize a current or future job
When you're angry at your boss, it might be tempting to pull out your phone and shoot off a blistering Facebook update. But doing so could jeopardize your career, human resources consultant Brenda Vander Meulen says.
"Never say anything negative about a current or former employer on your social media pages. Employers will reasonably assume that if you trash-talk your current or former employers, they will be the next ones to be trashed," Vander Meulen says.
It also might be tempting to post pictures of your night out. But use common sense, Vander Meulen says.