Expand my “social life.” I plan to diversify my social media gazing in 2013, spending less time on Facebook and Twitter and more time on others. I might even hang out on Google+ every now and again. I will give Socl another shot, to see if it's gotten any more interesting, before Microsoft decides to kill it a year from now and launch yet another doomed social network. I'm also planning to stalk Justin Timberlake – or at least spend more time on the new MySpace.
On the flip side I plan to continue to ignore Pinterest and its various clones, as I have for the past 347 years. (Well, except for my steampunk pinboard.) And I'm quitting Instagram. Not because it made a horribly ham-fisted grab for its users' photographs, only to back down after getting soundly spanked by the InterWebs. I'm quitting because it is quite possibly the dumbest idea ever conceived.
Link out. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty much sick to death of those pointless LinkedIn endorsement requests. Yes, it's very nice that someone I've never worked with or spoken to but share a vague professional association with endorses my blogging skills, but I can't imagine that's worth anything to any potential employer – especially since LinkedIn goaded them into clicking that box. I’m going to find out what it takes to opt out. Look for more on this in a future post.
Wag more, bark less. I’m hoping to focus on some of the more positive aspects of social media interaction in 2013, as well as the encouraging developments in the world of Internet privacy. I think there's some saying about old dogs and new tricks that may apply here, but I'm going to do my best to ignore it.
What do you resolve to do this year? List yours below or ping me on Twitter.