Social Media Column: Some social media resolutions to consider

Published in the January 8, 2013 issue of The Edmonton Sun.

Linda’s social media column can be found every Tuesday in the Edmonton Sun.

Some social media resolutions to consider

Happy holidays! Well, many are likely officially out of holiday mood this week but as my column landed on Christmas and New Year’s Day, I didn’t get a chance to wish it to you earlier, so I’m saying it now.

We’re into 2013 and I’m wondering just how many new year’s resolutions have already been broken?

Not to be a pessimist or anything, but one of the reasons I stopped making resolutions is because I could never commit. Why set yourself up for failure?

Still, as the clock counted down to a new year, I started thinking of what resolutions I could make that I could keep and that’s when I decided this year I’d go for more digitally themed resolutions.

Here’s some social media-related resolutions I’ve come up with for myself for 2013. Feel free to take them on as your own as well:

1. Make more meaningful online connections. This means having more conversations, tweeting more about what others are talking about and working to bring those online conversations offline. Which leads itself into:

2. Go to more Twitter meet-ups. Meet more local tweeps in person. Maybe this will be the year I actually organize my own tweetup and maybe that tweetup could benefit charity in some way! (I find those are the best tweetups).

3. Blog more. How many bloggers feel remorse over a lack of consistency? This year I’ll be more consistent with blogging, so followers have a reason to regularly visit my blog.

4. Find better balance. Spend less time on social media when I’m with others, pull out my phone less in public scenarios (except to take pictures of my food, of course,) and just resist the urge to swipe through my Twitter timeline when I don’t need to be.

And for those of you who aren’t so much on social media, here’s a resolution suggestion for you.

If you still haven’t created a Twitter account, why not make this be the year you do?

Why not have 2013 be the year you finally ‘get’ Twitter.

Sign up. Sign on. Check out what #yeg online has to offer.

Need some tips on how to get started? Feel free to tweet me.

I’d love to help you realize the great community that’s out there. Plus, assisting you on Twitter can help fulfill my resolution of making more meaningful connections online!

So what are you waiting for?

2012 was such a great year for Twitter both on a global scale and locally.

I know there are going to be some great connections made and great stories told about the local social media community in 2013 and I’d like you to be a part of it.

Looking forward to tweeting you in this new year.

Some Tweets of the Week

@TheShoeMonk: Feeling excited about the #yeg community of 2013! I’ve met so many interesting entrepreneurs lately!

@amjhenry: A thousand thanks to the kind soul that turned in my sister’s wallet, cash and bus pass included. Really awesome of you : D #yeg #yegtransit

@zita_dulock: I know I rag of #ableg a lot, but must send mad props when due: #AHS Antenatal homecare prog in #yeg is TOP NOTCH. Great service/staff!

@KatyPlesuk: People saying Edmonton has nothing to offer without the Oilers. GET OUT Single to the left. #yeg

@stratyos: Advertisement for new #yeg suburb: “Picturesquely perched at the edge of the city…” Sigh…

Click here to read the column on the Edmonton Sun website!

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