Social Media was fun back in the day. In what is now a very distant past, you would log on and chat with some old buddies; scroll through your feed and laugh at that cute bunny video your bestie posted. Not any more. Social Media outlets are no longer used to safely connect with old friends or relax and get away from the stresses of your work day. Instead your’re forced to view and read things you’re barely interested in; leaving you to consider cleaning up your social media.
Facebook and Twitter are the top two social media sites where most of us get our news. This has encouraged people to share their opinions of the news they read. Leaving you with a social media feed full of rants and negative messaging.
As a sensitive and creative individual, I seek positive images to encourage my work. I use my social media as an inspirational tool for my art. In addition, I promote my work on all popular social media sites. But it seems like lately, instead of seeing art and inspirational quotes, all I see are my friends ranting about someone’s political agenda.
It may take some time out of your Saturday, but it will be well worth to purge and clean up your social media outlets. Whether you’re a creative individual seeking inspiration or a stay at home mom looking to relax at the end of the day; make sure your feed reflects what you need.
Each one is a bit different, but follow these steps and you’ll see a significant improvement.
Cleaning Up Your Social Media
Cleaning up your social media can be a gruesome task. You must attack the mother of them all first, Facebook. Facebook is a tough one because they monitor your online activity and your friends’ activities to such an extent that they can guess what ads or posts you want to see next. The big problem with that is when friends go rogue. Facebook “thinks” that because you’re good friends with these people (due to liking some of their posts) then you must be interested in what they think. And so they’re posts get boosted up on your timeline. Their rants are the first thing you see now instead of cute and fuzzy bunnies. In order to change the ambiance of your Facebook timeline you have to do a few things.
Here’s what you do:
- Like and Follow Pages that Inspire and Motivate you– Start following pages that are in your line of interest. If you’re currently following 10 pages then triple it. This way their posts are all over your timeline. You can now engage with these pages by liking and sharing their content. Now Facebook knows you’re a true fan and will bump their posts up on your timeline. Here are few pages I love and follow:
- Join Facebook groups– Especially if you’re an artist or entrepreneur, Facebook groups are the places to be. Join as many as you can in your niche. You’ll be encouraged to engage and share your work and what you do. They are great for motivating you to reach your goals and try something new. The more you engage in these groups the more their posts will also be moved up on your timeline. Check out these groups:
- Un-follow, but stay friends– If your bestie is still popping up on your timeline with the latest political or religious commentary, then un-follow their timeline. You’ll still remain friends, but their feed won’t come up on your timeline. Here’s how you do it: on the top right hand corner of their post is a downward arrowhead. Click on it. A drop down menu will appear and you’ll be given several choices.
- Hide the post and in turn you will see fewer posts like that one in the future.
- Un-follow your friend’s timeline, but you’ll remain friends.
- Finally, if the post is from a third party, as pictured below, then you can Hide all posts and stop seeing things from that page.
- Don’t ignore the ADs– Facebook will stream ads into your timeline that reflect what they believe are your interests. If you don’t like what you see, don’t ignore it. Address it right away by telling Facebook that you are not interested. Ads also have an arrowhead at the top right hand corner. Click it and you’ll receive these choices. If you don’t like the ad, tell Facebook to hide it and it will know that these types of ads are not for you. They’ll generate another set of ads.
Twitter is my favorite news source. Why? Because you can’t say too much with a 142 character limit. I follow all the major news stations as well as a few public figures, my favorite museaums and art stores, and all my entrepreneurial friends. It’s my main source to connect with the art and business world. It’s super easy to engage without risking your sanity. Cleaning up your social media twitter feed will be a breeze, just read below for a few tips to building a twitter feed you’ll always want to come back to.
- Screen before you follow- Make sure you know what kind of tweets you’ll be getting when you follow people by screening them before you click that button. Check out their tweets and see if what they say and share interests you. If the patterns you witness are not positive, then don’t bother.
- Mute your friends- You can silence your friends on Twitter by muting their tweets. You’ll remain twitter buddies, but you won’t be reading their rants. Don’t worry, they won’t know what you’ve done. Much like Facebook, Twitter also has the drop down menu. You can even Block your friends, but I think muting them will suffice.
- Quotes are the best– Follow accounts that only tweet inspirational quotes. These are the best and add a nice touch to your twitter feed. Check out some of these peeps and give them a follow. Their feeds are super inspirational
- Don’t forget your niche– If you’re an entrepreneur, follow business accounts. Are you an artists? Follow crafting and art accounts. Bombard your twitter feed with pretty pictures and cool blog posts of things you like. Here are some of my favorites!
A virtual magazine of all your favorite things. It’s a creatives dream. Cleaning up your social media Instagram platform will be a little bit of an issue though. There aren’t many cleaning choices if your friends are clogging up the stream of positive images with their own agenda. Here are a couple of things you can do.
- Follow Active & Positive Accounts– Follow the feeds of accounts that post regularly. This guarantees you’ll see their positive posts first on the feed and hopefully, drown out any negative posts by others.
- Just Un-follow- If your friends keep posting things you’re not interested in seeing, your best bet is to un-follow them. You may have to explain to them why you’re no longer interested (due to other informative apps and the occasional stalking), but you’ll be better off in the long run.
Here’s what you DON’T do
Cleaning up your social media requires mindful engagement, especially on Facebook. If you’re like me and you link all your accounts, then you’ll really want to pay attention.
- Don’t like EVERYTHING– be selective with what you heart and thumbs up. Some things you might like, but know that it’ll come back to you on your timeline. So ask yourself, “Do I want to see this type of post on my timeline all the time?” If the answer is yes, then like away. If you’re doubtful, then it’s a hard pass.
- Sharing may not be caring for yourself– Don’t share every petition, call to action, or news report you see. This tells these social platforms that you are passionate about this post and you want the world to know it. Remember that what you share is a reflection of who you are. It’s the way social media represents you. Every time you share something, people see the post not you. Nevertheless, they know the post came from you, so they associate whatever the post is about with who you are as a person. Care enough about yourself to represent yourself in a positive way. Share things you won’t regret later.
- Don’t engage in negativity– Not only is negativity an energy sucker, but it has the potential to take over your life on social media. If you see something negative, don’t comment with negative words and messaging. If it’s me, I don’t comment at all, but if you must then stay positive and spread the love.
Cleaning up your social media platforms will take some dedication. However, the few hours you put in will guarantee a far more pleasant web & social surfing experience. If your mindful of your interactions on social media, the fixes you made will last a long time. At least until the next algorithm upgrade.
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