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Keeping Your Resolutions with Social Media Accountability
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you have ever made a New Year’s resolution you probably know how it can sometimes be a little difficult to stick to the commitment the whole year through. In fact, most people are lucky if they can stay on track through February. By June, more than half of people have bailed on their resolutions. If you’re the type that needs a little extra accountability in your resolution, turning to social media may be a great way to stay on track.

There are currently all kinds of apps out there that let you track a wide variety of activities, from SparkPeople or LiveStrong to track diet and exercise to PocketMoney or Easy Envelope Budgeting Aid (EEBA) for finances. Or you can look back through your recent check-ins via Foursquare or in Facebook to see if you are really cutting back on eating out like you promised.

While these are helpful for tracking your progress (or unfortunate lack thereof), if you are the only person seeing the data, it may be easier for you to slack off. You are more likely to make excuses for yourself when no one else is around to hear them.

So if you really want to ensure you succeed in your New Year’s resolution, what else can you do?

A lot of people are already using social media accountability with “Save the Date” events for paying off debt. The trend has been really popular with student loans and credit card debts.

Beyond using an app to track your activity, making a public resolution on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ can give you an opportunity to be held accountable to your peers. Social media is also a great place to find additional support and encouragement from your friends, followers, or groups when you need it, which can be vital to ensuring your overall success.

Plus, you will have the added bonus of being able to publicly announce your resolution success. And let’s face it — a public forum for bragging on your own awesomeness might be the best part of all. Why not let everyone know you just beat the odds and completed your New Year’s resolution?

So in addition to committing to a resolution this year, also consider committing to a plan for sticking with it via social media. Hopefully you’ll able to beat the odds — and make it past February and June.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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