If you’re in the mood for Spring Cleaning, don’t forget about your social media accounts. Actually, there’s never a bad time to clean up your social media accounts. Your social media accounts are how much of the world views you, so make sure you’re showing your best side of yourself!
By taking a little time to polish up your accounts you’ll give a better impression of yourself to others. You never know when a recruiter, potential client, long-lost friend or other person may be checking you out online. You only get one chance to make a good first impression so make it count.
This infographic gives you 10 tips for cleaning up your social media accounts:
1. Google Yourself
When was the last time you searched for your name in Google? If you have a common name you may not get helpful results but you may be surprised at what you find about yourself. See where you’ve been mentioned and see what is being said about you.
Check out photos of you by clicking the Image tab at the top of the Google page. Not all images are accurate, but you can still see what others who search for you will be finding.
2. Delete What You Don’t Like
If you have unflattering photos of yourself on social media, delete them. The fun party pictures that might have been a laugh when you were younger probably won’t impress a future employer.
3. Set Limits
Review your Facebook privacy settings. Delete tags on photos others have posted on you that you want off of your Timeline.
4. Think Twice Before You Post
As you’re cleaning up your social media accounts from the past, be mindful of the future. Remember that anything you post can come back to haunt you later.
Look at the tone of your posts. If you’re constantly griping about others or bragging about yourself you may be sending the wrong message. Follow the 80/20 rule of social media: 80% of your posts should be about others, 20% about yourself.
5. Get Rid of Dead Accounts…(?)
The infographic makes the point that employers could think that you don’t follow through if you have inactive social media accounts. I’ve also heard that you should close inactive social media accounts to avoid the potential of hackers taking over these accounts.
I have mixed feelings about closing inactive social media accounts. If you have an account with your name or your brand name, you may want to retain the account to prevent others from grabbing that name. You may also want to use that account someday in the future should that social media site become popular or your social media needs change.
I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts about closing inactive social media accounts. Tell us what you think about this in the Comments section below.
6. Email Accounts
You may not have given your email address a second thought since you set it up, but your moniker can give a positive or negative impression. If you chose the name “SunshineBearIsMyFavoriteCareBear” @emailprovider.com back in the days when you rode a school bus in the morning, now may be the time to change it.
⇒ Check out How to Make Sure You Never Have to Change Your Email Address Again for tips on getting the email address that’s the best fit for you.
7. Take a Break
Social media is ever-changing and it’s easy to get caught up in checking it way too often. Fear of Missing Out #FOMO is a condition that compels us to keep up with social media so we are constantly up-to-date on the latest happenings.
Taking a break from social media can help us reconnect with friends, give us perspective and ground us in the real world. The virtual world will still be there later.
⇒ Check out The Ultimate Guide to Unplugging from the Internet for ideas on how to take a break from the Internet.
8. Set Alerts
Use Google or Talkwalker Alerts to be notified when you’re mentioned online. You can set up alerts for other purposes too, such as a business you’re interested in following, your employer, a family member or any other keywords you want to know about.
⇒ See, Hello Talkwalker Alerts, Farewell Google Alerts! for more information on setting up alerts.
9. Update Your Profile Picture
Take a look at your profile pictures for your social media accounts: that’s the face people will be seeing. If your profile pictures is a cartoon drawing, you may not be putting your best face forward.
10. Leave the Comedy to Comedians
Sarcasm is a tricky maneuver on social media. That snarky comment you thought was hilarious may not play well with the general public.
If you’re going to use humor, make sure it’s funny. Otherwise, pass on the post.
11. Clean Up Your Permissions
This tip isn’t in the infographic but you should still do it any way. Check to see which apps and services you’ve given permission to access your social media accounts. Every time you use Facebook, Twitter or other social media account to log into a site or an app you’re giving permission to access your accounts.
If you still want to give permission, no problem. But if you’re not using the site or the app any more, you should delete your permissions.
Don’t miss ⇒ How to Clean Up Your Permissions Easily! for tips on shortcuts to take care of this task.
Have you taken the time to clean up your social media accounts? When was the last time you Googled yourself? Do you judge people based on their social media accounts? What tips do you have for cleaning up social media accounts? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Verizon Pass Along Hope
Do you have an old cell phone that you’re no longer using lying around the house? You could donate that phone to make a difference in someone’s life.
Tomorrow Verizon Wireless launches its Pass Along Hope campaign to help survivors of domestic violence through donated cell phones and social media messages of hope.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Verizon Wireless will continue a decade-long partnership of raising awareness of domestic violence and funding for area organizations through the annual “Pass Along Hope” campaign. The campaign, which supports domestic violence survivors, will officially launch at the newly renovated Verizon Wireless Smart Store at Roosevelt Mall in Philadelphia on Monday, March 31, with help from Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
From March 31 through May 2, Eagles fans and community members are encouraged to take part in the interactive “Pass Along Hope” campaign by sharing personal messages of hope on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope. Campaign participants can also donate no-longer-used mobile phones to regional Verizon Wireless stores. For every phone donated and every social media message shared with the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope, Verizon Wireless will donate $1 to the HopeLine from Verizon program, which supports area domestic violence shelters and organizations. Messages of hope will be aggregated and shared on the soon-to-launchEagles webpage, www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com/HopeLine.
* Social Media Chalk image courtesy of mkhmarketing via Flickr and Creative Commons