People change, tastes change, lifestyles change, friends change, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. New year, new you, right?
It just might be time to take that mantra to social media. I’m willing to bet you spend a fair amount of time on your channels every day. Why not make the experience as positive as possible?
So if you’re trying to “adult” your social media channels and content because you’re job hunting or perhaps you’ve matured overnight (I certainly haven’t), here are a few tips.
Ditch a “friend” or seven
Do you have 1,587 Facebook friends? I doubt very highly that you find all of them amusing or have any interest in maintaining a friendship with all of them. If your cousin’s ex-boyfriend’s sister’s best friend’s wife from six years ago is an annoying social media “friend” – delete. Does your elementary school acquaintance who you haven’t seen for eight years post nothing but selfies all day long? Ugh, see ya! Get ruthless in the name of a tailored social media feed that actually interests you. Don’t feel guilty about either.
But you don’t always have to go that far. Many social media platforms will let you unfollow your friends instead of unfriending or deleting them. It’s the best of both worlds. Not only will you be able to avoid their posts, they will have no idea that you have. This is the perfect tactic for dear Aunt Edna who posts nothing but awkward cat videos…not the funny ones.
Oh and the golden rule: delete ALL your ex-boyfriends and hook ups. Nothing good will come of it.
Ditch the drunk pics and musings
The thought of scrolling back through my 1,800 plus tweets to delete the embarrassing musings I thought the Twitterverse should care about seems daunting. Instead, you could use Tweet Eraser. All you have to do is import your tweets, even your whole archive, filter them and delete the results with almost one click.
It sounds like an urban myth, but I know plenty of friends who have had their social media profiles shown to them in interviews. Some of them were told they didn’t get the job because of the content they shared. If you’re concerned, it might be worth the time to go through your old pictures and delete anything you feel isn’t aligned with the personal brand you’re trying to portray to future employers. Facebook has some useful tricks. Your privacy settings let you control who can see your stuff, who can contact you and who can look you up. Protect the privacy of your photos, videos and status updates by choosing to share your personal information with friends.
If you plan to be the next Kardashian style social media star, forget you read this whole thing. More followers and interesting content = potential $$$. Though, if your followers and friends don’t engage with your content, you may need to work on your influence.
Have you purged your social media lately? What did you delete? Let us know in the comments below