Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to look forward to 2012. While most of us make promises to ourselves that we’ll lose weight, quit smoking, or find a new job in the months to come, I think we should also be making new year’s resolutions to change how we utilize social media.
And in particular, Twitter, because in this day and age, creating a new you includes tidying up your digital footprint, too.
So here are my 5 Twitter resolutions you might consider making for 2012:
1. Unfollow The Unwanted
We’re all guilty of this, of following and forgetting. It’s easy to follow someone back, who, from their bio seems interesting enough. The truth is though, we tend to let this get out of control. So start at the beginning, go through, and unfollow all of your unwanted follows. You won’t regret it — instead, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t done so sooner!
2. Follow Your Heart
Use the new year as a time to take responsibility for those you’ll follow in the future. Here’s what you need to know: Think before you follow. If your heart is in it, you’ll know, and you’ll thank yourself later.
3. Make Your Own Community
When you’re following the right people for you, it’s up to you, once again, to make your Twitter experience the best it can be. Be the initiator and jump into conversations. You’ll be surprised by how much of a positive response you’ll get. And whether it’s friends, coworkers or individuals who live across the world from you, always know that on Twitter, there’s ample opportunity to connect.
4. Be Yourself
If you’re serious about creating a better Twitter experience in 2012, it’s about longevity. If you want to go the distance, quality is always key. Be passionate, smart, fun, and most importantly, yourself. That’s all us Twitter users want!
5. Be Sincere
This should be a given, but with so much spam and so many automatic messages sent around the Twittersphere, sincerity is often lost. If you’re guilty of this, please stop! I can’t help but find gestures like these not only phony, but unnecessary.
As already mentioned, Twitter users just want everyone to be themselves. It’s as simple as that.