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Social media is something that’s influence cannot be ignored.

Over the past few years, to say it’s got more important is the understatement of the year.

And it’s not just young people.

Facebook and Twitter both have users of all ages who can benefit greatly from the companionship offered.

Whether it’s keeping in touch with old friends or keeping up with the news, social media is important and seemingly here to stay.

But of course there’s another side to it.

There are people who live their lives in public in a way that would have been unimaginable, even five years ago.

From baby scan pictures, to drunken parties, people seem unafraid to post every aspect of their lives online.

And of course, sometimes things go wrong.

That’s exactly what happened with the shocking story of Michaela Turner we feature on the front page of The News today.

So upset was she by the horrific slaughter of drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich that she took to Facebook to vent her fury.

Unfortunately, at the time, she was drunk and wrote a message that saw her arrested a day later.

Since then she’s appeared before the courts and narrowly escaped jail.

Since the case, she says: ‘I have come straight off Facebook. I don’t want to be involved in it.’

Understandable, considering what happened.

We can only hope she learns from this. And her predicament serves as a warning to others.

The ease and now-ness of social media means it’s easy to get carried away when you’re online.

So let’s hope everyone can learn a lesson and think a little longer before you type.