Spice up your social media life

07/28/2014 12:00 AM

07/27/2014 2:13 PM

Don’t worry. It happens to everyone.

Sometimes we get into a rut on social media. We get used to a certain kind of tweet and comfortable Facebook post and think no one will notice if we stick with it.

When there’s no longer any fun in your social media life and logging in starts to feel like a chore, it’s time to get some help.

Here are five easy ways to spice up your social media life.

• Sign up for a new account on a different platform. Do you admire Snapchat and Quora from a distance? Now’s the time to give one or both a try. #YOLO, my friends, and if you have to Google what that means it’s really time for you to take the plunge. Now is a good time to remind you of a cardinal rule of social media: No one says you have to jump in head first. Look around, see what others are doing. Go slow. If you don’t feel pressured, you’ll have more fun.
• Show off your best #tbt. This stands for Throwback Thursday, and you might see people write out the full name before hashtagging. Go with #tbt because it’s shorter and cooler, and prepared to take a trip down memory lane. All you have to do to participate is find an old photo, preferably one of you but it doesn’t have to be. You can use the #tbt hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and look like a pro. And even if you don’t think you have a good photo, you can find one. Take a camera phone shot of an old high school yearbook or perhaps an old Polaroid. Everything old is new again on #tbt.
• Join a trending hashtag. Go to your Twitter profile page or the search screen in most mobile Twitter apps to see what’s trending. Toward the top of the list is always something eye-catching like #ReplacePartsOfSongTitlesWithPresidents. Click on one first to make sure you’re doing it right and jump right in. When you get an LOL in response to “I’d Do Anything for Millard Fillmore (But I Won’t Do That)” you’ll see what I mean.
• Create a Twitter list. Twitter lists are both practical and fun. You can monitor a very specific group of accounts using a list. So if you secretly love certain kinds of candy and want to talk to like-minded people about it, you can find the conversation and capture the people talking about it in a list. This can be a sort of a-ha moment for Twitter, that first time you see the value in a conversation. And a-ha moments make for fun social media.
• Take a #selfie. You tried to resist, but it’s just too popular to ignore. Everyone from your barista to your grandmother takes selfies. Make sure your hair isn’t too messy and there’s enough light. Then, extend your arm as far as you can comfortably and snap a photo. Don’t obsess too much over it and post it on Instagram. Use the hashtag #selfie and you’ll fit right in. Bonus points: Have a look around the #selfie hashtag by clicking on it. If you like what you see and decide to share another one, you might be inspired by what others are posting.

And just like that, social media is fun again.

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