1) Refresh your friends and followings. Give your newsfeeds a fresh start by letting go of your unnecessary or unhealthy online connections, and only follow the people you really care to get updates from.
2) Limit your Snapchat stories to 1 minute or less. Just because they removed the numbers in the timer, doesn’t mean we won’t realize your story is ridiculously long. Unless you’re DJ Khaled.
3) Slow down with your posts during Fashion Week. Front row snapshots, show invitations, celebrity spottings—keeping up with your social media during Fashion Week is a job in itself. Post less, we all have enough blurry runway pics to scroll through on our Instagram feed.
4) Show some love to your LinkedIn. LinkedIn—the poor neglected child of your social media sites. Update your profile, accept those invitations that have been sitting in your inbox for months and add your latest work to your page—take advantage of the resource, you never know what kind of career connections you can make.
5) Try taking advantage of the “see less” Facebook feature if you’re going through a breakup. Not ready to see your ex on social media? Hide their activity from your feed if it’ll help heal those wounds. (Or better yet, just delete them).
6) If you’re still in a relationship, keep it on the DL. We know you treasure the special moments you have with your significant other, but don’t rub it in everyone’s faces. Which, similarly, leads us to #7…
8) Take a break from the Facetune and other face-editing apps. Often when you use them, you get so sucked in that you forget what looks natural. Unless you’ve mastered a way to flawlessly cover your blemishes and add a light tan without it looking completely obvious—as it usually does—you’re better off with #nofilter.
9) Think before you comment and argue. As we enter upon an election year, opinions will fire up more often and conversations will be all the more volatile. This doesn’t mean you should stop sharing your beliefs, but just be wary of (and prepared for) what reactions the articles or statements you post will incite. Not everything has to be a political rant or a comment showdown—as entertaining as it is for your followers.
10) Chill with the online tests. Do you really need to know who secretly wants to marry you, or which characters from the cast of “Friends” you and your buddies are? (You’re Rachel anyways, duh.) These are funny once or twice, but it’s not something your followers want to see every day. In fact, each time you sign up for one of these tests, you give that website access to your friends list and personal info. That might not be something you want going around.
11) Put the “act” in activism. Changing your profile picture or cover photo is a great way to spread awareness about a cause. But this year, try challenging yourself to offer more than post. Maybe make a small donation to an associated charity or sign a related petition. That’ll give a lot more meaning to the causes on your page.
12) Live in the moment. The new year has a lot in store for you—you won’t want to miss out by being too glued to your screen.
13) If you’re still using a selfie stick: it will only go downhill from here.