Can Your Social Media Use Some Spring Cleaning?

In the digital age, your home probably isn’t the only thing that needs a light dusting after a long winter. Here are a few Friday ideas to help you hit “refresh” and spring clean your social media.

It’s Cut Time

Just like in sports, it’s time to assess your blog feeds and email subscriptions. Are they valuable? If your newsfeed is cluttered with updates from people you don’t really know, or if you can’t remember opting in, go ahead and cut them. It’s okay to unfollow or unfriend a few every now and then.  If you don’t, your whole online social experience can get a little overwhelming.

Take the Dive into Timeline

Are you still resisting the switch to a Timeline Facebook profile?  It has to happen eventually, so just take a few minutes and make the big change.  Trust me, you’ll be loving it in no time.

Revisit Linkedin

LinkedIn makes spring cleaning easy, because it does most of the updating for you. But if you have a stack of business cards, or if you’ve been overfocused on another social platform, it’s time to add them. And, remember, you can import your contacts to Outlook or to most other platforms to minimize overlap.

Explore Some New Opportunities

Spring is a great time to explore new things.  Sure, everyone is on Facebook and Twitter, but have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet?  How about starting a Tumblr page?  Social media is an incredible way to express yourself and explore your interests, so be sure to take advantage of the latest and greatest developments.

Tuesday Tip: "Spring Cleaning" For Your Tech

While you wait out the April showers for the May flowers, why not look beyond the annual ritual of spring cleaning and tidy up your tech?

Since technology affects so much of our lives, think about how you can upgrade, upload, back up and protect the devices you rely on every day. This was the theme of a recent “Spring Cleaning Your Tech” satellite media tour we coordinated for our client, avast! Free Antivirus. Here’s our short list to help get your digital spring cleaning started. Naturally, we think you should start by downloading a top-rated free antivirus software like avast! to keep your computer free from viruses and malware. But there are some other good tips that can make life easier.

Back up, back up, back up. Imagine the horror of losing your everything stored on your hard drive? Find a good program like Carbonite and make sure your photos, archives, and everything else is protected.

Be green! While cleaning out closets and junk drawers, recycle the batteries in old electronics and cell phones. Programs like Verizon’s HopeLine and Call2Recycle can help take them off your hands and turn them into something good (and green)!

Get an air duster and clean all parts of your computer. Dust build-up will eventually slow your system.

Filter through your inbox and delete junk emails and meeting requests that aren’t important. You’ll feel better starting your day with a refreshed email desktop.

Wipe down your phone, mouse, keyboard and anything else you are constantly touching. Germs be gone!