So much depends upon 140 characters.

The College of Communication and Information's annual Diversity and Inclusion Week continued Tuesday in the Scripps Lab of the Communication Building with an afternoon panel on Social Media and Diversity.

The panel consisted of students and media professionals who shared their views on the topic.

Natalie Spiro, social media manager for Ruby Tuesday's, discussed the lack of intimacy in social media.

"Having a computer screen in front of your face removes a certain personal element," Spiro said. "It still feels almost like there is a certain degree of remaining anonymity because you're not in a face to face interaction."

Spiro said that the lack of a personal connection makes pushing, or even crossing, boundaries feel socially acceptable.

"There's something about social media for the good and the bad that removes yourself from it since it is on the world wide web," she said. "It sometimes feels almost not real and therefore allows people to think 'Oh, it's ok to jump this boundary that I would never do in real life.'"

Spiro also emphasized the importance of thinking twice before posting something online, particularly when done under an anonymous name.

"If you're ashamed of what you're saying so you want to have a alternative name then maybe you should think twice about what you're saying in the first place," she said.

Brittany Jackson, a senior majoring in journalism and electronic media, said she believes that being educated about different views will help decrease discrimination on the Internet.

"We have to come from somewhere where we can share our thoughts and personal views, but (also) be educated about everybody's different opinions," Jackson said.

The line between free speech and hate speech is a blurred one, in Rennie Leon's opinion. Leon is the marketing and social media director in the corporate communications group for Scripps Network Interactive.

"There's no rules for what constitutes hate speech and what is just someone stating their opinion" Leon said. "It's very subjective."

Leon believes platforms need to cautiously monitor the content of users' posts.

"I think it's ultimately up to the social media manager (or) the social media department in terms of determining what's acceptable in what isn't, and monitoring day to day, hour to hour," Leon said "I see some brands' Facebook pages and I'm appalled at what is allowed and what's not taken off."

Leon recommended that those beginning the job search soon master the art of social media.

"If you harness the power of social media ... and have a positive presence on those platforms, this is how recruiters are finding people now a days," Leon said. "It's no longer mailing resumes (or) emailing resumes ... It's about your personal brand."