As the New Year begins, everyone is keen to be out with the old and in with the new. New Year’s Resolutions are on the cards for many, ranging from organising their homes to getting in shape. Why not include something social media related in your resolutions for 2015? Below we list a few things you could consider for the New Year.
1. Give your Facebook account a spring clean
If you’re on Facebook, it’s definitely worth cleaning up your account from time to time. Whether it’s in terms of your friends list, photos you’re tagged in or even your privacy settings it’s good to keep on top of things. For example, if there is a large amount of unwanted ‘noise’ in your newsfeed, mute or unfollow pages and friends to ensure you’re seeing what you’re interested in when you log on.
Facebook privacy is another important consideration. Facebook often update privacy settings, so if it’s been a long time since you’ve looked at yours, take a look at our hints and tips to help improve it.
2. Keep connecting with your connections
LinkedIn is a fantastic way to keep up to date with people you’ve worked and networked with over the years. Although it can be easy to click ‘Connect’ and then do nothing further, don’t be afraid to reach out to those in your network, whether it’s for advice, just a friendly ‘hello’ or by commenting on something they’ve shared.
3. Engage with the people and brands you’re following on Twitter
Twitter is all about conversations and engaging with others. Don’t be afraid to reply to the tweet of someone you’re following rather than simply retweeting or favouriting it. This can be a fantastic way to start new conversations and share your knowledge and expertise.
4. Appreciate and Reciprocate
When someone follows you on Twitter or endorses you on LinkedIn, what do you usually do? Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to appreciate those that engage with you on social media by reciprocating that follow or endorsement, or simply just tweeting to say ‘thanks’?
5. Learn how to use hashtags
Hashtags are a useful way to group conversations of the same topic together. For example, if you’re attending an event there is likely to already be an official hashtag in place. If eveyrone tweeting about the event uses this hashtag, by searching for it you can see what everyone has said about the event and potentially join the conversation. Therefore, if you use them yourself you are likely to reach a wider audience. Hashtags are often misused, but if used correctly can be invaluable.
If you’d like to know more about the importance of hashtags on social media and how to use them, have a read of this interesting blog.
6. Try something new
Trying something new might already be on your New Year’s Resolution list, but why not try something new in the world of social media? You might be a pro on Facebook and Twitter, but they’re not the only social networks out there. If you’re into taking photos, why not take a look at Instagram? Or if you’re always on the lookout for inspiration for new projects, Pinterest might be for you.
You could even start your own blog for the new year on a topic of your choice. If this sounds good to you, take a look at our tips for running a fantastic blog.