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When Emma Berens got engaged at Tiffany's she immediately posted this picture of her happy moment for her Facebook friends. Like most of us she uses social media to share her best pictures and positive thoughts. She doesn't often post bad thoughts.

Jodi Minaya thinks she looks good in this shot, so that's why she sent it to her followers on Instagram. She said she has never posted a bad picture of yourself.

But what if we all posted some real feelings and pictures, you know, not just the best ones but the bad ones, too, like when we got fired, dumped or bounced a check?

Some social media experts think we should all start being a little more honest online.

Atlanta-based writer Allison Weiss Entrekin is leading the way by vowing to post unaltered pictures of herself. She is urging fans to join the "get real movement online" by tweeting hashtag GRF, which stands for "get real Friday," once a week.

Chris Dessi of Silverback Social said he thinks it's healthy and that the more truthful we are with friends and family the better our relationships can be. But he had a precautionary note: oversharing and being too real can be dangerous. He said some things can come back to haunt you.

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