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Published February 28, 2013, 05:30 PM

Recent social media serves as a reminder, be careful what you Tweet

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - Jamestown Representative Jessica Haak has taken to the house floor to apologize to Majority Leader Al Carlson for calling him a "Nazi" on twitter.

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - Jamestown Representative Jessica Haak has taken to the house floor to apologize to Majority Leader Al Carlson for calling him a "Nazi" on twitter.

Haak was tweeting about the debate on funding private schools Wednesday afternoon. After Carlson asked her "not" to tweet things happening on the floor, she sent out a tweet calling him a Nazi.

In addition to her apology on the house floor, she said sorry in a tweet.

Some of us use social media, to update our friends and family, and we tend to share both good and bad things.

It's a good reminder to think twice before you tweet.

Online media can really be related to a diary. It's where we write our thoughts, emotions and sometimes even rants. Sometimes those quick blurbs can really get us into trouble.

Carrie Pierce, Social Media User: "Email, Facebook, haven't gotten into Twitter or LinkedIn."

Destruction is at the tip of our fingers. One wrong, word, tweet, text or picture and your online reputation could be tarnished.

Pierce: "I do, I see some things and I go ‘Boy that's silly.’ If you neuter your dog I don't think you need to post it on Facebook."

Even if it's what you're doing or a real honest opinion.

Mindy Marquardt, Social Media User: "Definitely, play by play of their life."

It might just be best to keep it to yourself, especially if it's as potentially offensive as Representative Jessica Haak's tweet.

Deneen Gilmour, Multi-Media Professor: "I don't think she did anything wrong by tweeting from the house floor. It's the word "Nazi"."

Just one tweet can light up your feed and spread like wild fire, making it hard to recover.

Gilmour: "How many of us have typed in a status, a rant really, and gone back and deleted it."

But multimedia expert, Deneen Gilmour, says it's not the end of the world. In fact, now-a-days, that's how our world functions.

Gilmour: "Hey, it's 2013, if he wanted to really have a comeback, get on Twitter and do something more clever right back at her."

Others are sticking with the old-fashioned concept. If you don't have anything nice to say,

Pierce: "If you wouldn't say it to his face, don't post it, don't Tweet it, don't Facebook it. Wrong. So wrong"

And if you know you're wrong, simply say sorry.

Marquardt: "Well all she can do is back track, really. And if it's really not her way of thinking then she just needs to say it."

Of course, Jessica Haak did say she was sorry.

We did reach out to representative Jessica Haak for comment, but she did not get back to us.

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