Last week, Mashable brought us its suggestions for 9 social media resolutions to make in 2014. Among their resolutions: Create less food porn, fewer selfies, and check before you share.
Those are all excellent social media changes to make - and the new year is the perfect time to replace bad habits with good. A few additional suggestions:
Not everyone finds the cartoon version of themselves funny, especially when it's created by others. Perhaps spend time with your friends in real life, capture actual moments, and share those instead.
On that note...
Confirm Before You Share
Make sure it's OK with your friends before you post photos of them...and definitely before you tag. Always, always check before you share photos of your friends' kids.
Stop Linking Sites
If you want to share your life in pictures, create an Instagram account. If you want to share recipes and other how-to information, try Pinterest. If you want to track your workouts or weight loss, try My Fitness Pal. If you want to track where you've been and where you're going, try Foursquare. Interested friends will find you - there's no need to post everyone of these updates to Facebook and Twitter.
No More Vaguebooking
Similar to the humblebrag, a vaguebook status is one that is "intentionally vague...that prompts friends to ask what's going on, or is possibly a cry for help."
If you have something to say - share. If you need help - ask. If the details are too personal to share in a Facebook status, consider the possibility that Facebook isn't the right place to share in the first place.
Mashable suggests aspiring to do a good social media deed per day - commenting or liking a post that was ignored, or sharing a plea to help find a lost pet. Even if you don't want to be that proactive, you can still be nicer online. Think before you post that critical comment, or post that potentially hurtful meme. Being sheltered by the internet is no excuse to be rude.
Social media is meant to be fun. Have more fun in 2014!