The end of one year is the perfect time to look back and adjust your expectations for the coming year. And if you spent a decent amount of time using social media in 2012, then you’ll want to make sure you keep these five New Year’s resolutions in 2013.
Change your passwords
Ask yourself: “How long have I been using the same password?”
Social media accounts are hacked every day, and the New Year is a great time to go through each one and update your password. Make sure to include some numbers and symbols to make each password harder to guess.
Back up your accounts
Speaking of security, when was the last time you backed up your social accounts?
In particular, I’m talking about your photos and videos. Do you have your beloved Instagram photos, Flickr images and YouTube videos downloaded and stored through the cloud? Or, if you’d like a backup of your tweets, remember that Twitter is slowly rolling out the option of a downloadable archive.
Jump on the location-based bandwagon
If you’ve been hesitant to download Foursquare or geo-tag your Instagram photos, it’s time to rethink your position.
Privacy settings mean your Foursquare check-ins don’t have to be seen by the whole world (or anyone other than just your hand-picked friends). What’s more is that you’re missing out on special deals if you don’t use Foursquare. In-app deals can range from 15% off a certain item to benefits for a venue’s mayor.
Clean up those app permissions
Are you one of those people who think it’s really creepy when an app on Facebook or Twitter has access to your personal information?
Then the New Year is an excellent time to clean those app permissions up. Doing this manually can be time consuming, but here’s how:
- Facebook: Click the gear icon in the upper-right, click “Account Settings,” click “Apps” on the left, and edit your permissions.
- Twitter: Click the gear icon next to the search bar, click “Settings,” click “Apps” on the left, and revoke permissions.
- Google: Click your profile image when signed in, click “Account,” click “Security” on the left, click “Manage Access” at the bottom of the page, and revoke access to apps.
- Foursquare (web-based): Hover over your name in the upper-right, click “Connected Apps,” click “Manage Connected Apps,” and disconnect apps.
- Instagram (web-based): Click your profile image and name when signed in, click “Edit Profile,” click “Manage Applications” on the left, and revoke access to apps.
If you want a tool that will help you do it all, the popular My Permissions mobile app lets you do it on the go.
Update your LinkedIn
LinkedIn is becoming increasingly important in the career world.
If you aren’t on LinkedIn, that’s something you’ll probably want to change – employers might even become suspicious if they can’t find an applicant on the social network. Or maybe you’ll be passed up for another applicant who has great recommendations that are visible on LinkedIn.
But if you’re already on LinkedIn, at least take 15 minutes to update your job title, experience, publications, skills and expertise, education, recommendations, and connections.
Author Bio:- This post was written by Bryden McGrath, a freelance journalist, photographer, and recent college graduate from Seattle. He regularly blogs about anything from offsite backup solutions to social media.