Res­o­lu­tions for so­cial me­dia

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By ScOTT KleIN­BerG

Ev­Ery­onE makes new year’s res­o­lu­tions, but stick­ing to them is a whole dif­fer­ent mat­ter. This year, i’m tak­ing five tra­di­tional res­o­lu­tions and putting a so­cial me­dia spin on them. They aren’t dif­fi­cult, so you might just make it to 2015.

Hav­ing thou­sands of Twit­ter fol­low­ers or Face­book friends isn’t as cool as you think it is, un­less you talk to each of them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. if you’re wish­ing some­one a happy birth­day and have no idea who that per­son is, you know ex­actly what i’m talk­ing about. When your fol­low­ers-to­fol­low­ing ra­tio is in check, you’ll feel good.

i don’t know about you, but blog­ging and tak­ing pho­tos re­laxes me when i have a lot on my mind. Don’t knock it un­til you try it. When you feel stressed, take a photo of some­thing nice like a flower or sun­set. and then post it on in­sta­gram or Face­book or some­where where friends will com­ment on it. soon, you’ll for­get what had you so riled up in the first place.

This one is easy and fun. Find a topic you know a lot about, whether it’s cook­ing or sew­ing or

Lose weight:

Man­age stress:

Vol­un­teer to help oth­ers:

fix­ing cars. Then, search Twit­ter for ques­tions about those topics. For ex­am­ple, search “bad cook” to see if some­one has a ques­tion about pre­par­ing some­thing. if you know the an­swer, help them. you might make a new con­nec­tion and feel good for shar­ing your knowl­edge.

Eat healthy food:

nor­mally, this one goes along with los­ing weight but it’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in the so­cial me­dia world. if you re­ally want to get fit faster, try tak­ing pho­tos of your healthy food and shar­ing them on in­sta­gram. When you see what you’re eat­ing, you’ll be mo­ti­vated to keep eat­ing that way. and the vir­tual cheers you get along the way from your friends and fol­low­ers are a def­i­nite plus.

Get or­gan­ised.

Take stock of all your so­cial net­works and give them the once over ev­ery three months, so four times in 2014. check your fol­low­ers. check your pri­vacy set­tings. Make sure you have a photo for your avatars. Fill out all your bios. Up­date your mo­bile apps. all of th­ese lit­tle things ev­ery once in a while go a long way to keep you in con­trol.

Happy new year. and thanks for read­ing. — Mcclatchy-Tri­bune in­for­ma­tion ser­vices

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