This article originally appeared on 60 Second Social.
Its that time of year where we fall prey to vague resolutions which we will be lucky to still keep at the end of January. For many of us, New Years resolutions are broken by the end of the first or second week of January, come middle of the month and it is over for many people already.
When it comes to social media, the little things can have a big impact on how others view what kind of person we are, if we are suitable for a job or if it is someone who is even worthy of a follow. So with that in mind, here are 5 social media resolutions for both regular and power users alike.
1. Read what you share and check your facts
Social media outlets have made it easy for us to share content on the fly. Tools such as buffer create a continuous stream of curated content and I think it is safe to say that I am not the only one who has been caught out sharing an article that actually had little to no substance behind it because I shared it based on the title.
While it may be tempting to click share straight away, it is time for us to start reading what we are sharing before we share it, when you share something you are endorsing it. Take pride in the content you share with others and don’t be caught out sharing an article that is full of false, misleading or fake stories because you didn’t read the content of it.
2. Clean your profile
Actively monitor your social media profiles, you shower and dress appropriately when you are going for an interview or a job opportunity and the same care should be put into your social media profiles because like it or not, recruiters Google your name as part of the process these days.
Go through photos on your accounts and remove or untag ones that may not convey the message you want to a potential future employer. Social media is a great too but so much of what we say now is being monitored, keep it clean and it could help you avoid missing out on potentially a great opportunity.
3. The mute function is not a rude feature, use it!
Muting people is not rude, in fact it helps keep you engaged with the content you want to see. Last year, Twitter rolled out the mute feature which allows you to follow family, distant friends and also do courtesy followbacks but without having to see heaps of content in your social media feed.
Previously the only option was to delete or unfollow people however now you can return a follow, keep engaged with others and keep your feed clean from undesirable content all at the same time.
4. Follow and interact with more knowledgable sources
While you are cleaning up your feed, why not add quality content to it as well? Social media started as a way to keep up with friends and family however now it is a resource for knowledge, ideas and advice. Follow the experts and the marketers on the scene, interact with them and you never know what kind of people you could meet or end up working with.
5. Remember, less can be more
A beautiful Instagram photo of your meal, the sunset or an abstract shot can be a fantastic thing. Posting them all in the space of an hour? Not so much.
The same thing can apply to rapid fire tweeting or constant Facebook updates. Unless you are live tweeting from an event or conference, or taking part in #IrishBizParty – try not to overwhelm followers too much or you could end up being one of those people who finds themselves on everyones ignore list.
With Twitter there is somewhat of a leniency to this unwritten rule, you can still rapid fire great tweets and content but doing it every hour of every day and the only place your follower number is going to head is downhill.
About The Author
Mark is the founder of 60 Second Social media where he provides social media news and digital marketing analysis, he is also a proud father of his bearded dragon, Lola. You can follow him on Twitter here. You can also follow 60 Second Social on Twitter here.