Crazy as it may seem, doing some spring cleaning on your social media networks could be as important, if not more important, than the spring cleaning you do in the physical world. This is because, although the useless stuff around your house may bug you and collect dust, your social media channels are how you portray yourself to your entire virtual network. Here are a few hints to help you clean up your online profiles:
Update all bios
Your bio is the first thing a person sees when they search for you online. Make sure you have only the most up to date information in each one and ditch the university student title if you graduated over a year ago! Keep in mind that your bio is part of your personal brand.
Update your profile pictures
Have you changed your hair color three times in the past year? Maybe it’s time for a new profile picture so you are easily recognized on all your relevant social media accounts. In many cases, the people in your virtual networks may have never met you, so a profile picture is a great way to improve your online identity.
Freshen up your LinkedIn profile
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is reflective of all job changes, new skills acquired and achievements you may have made over the last few months. Also, reach out to clients, colleagues and employers for recommendations to boost your credibility and flesh out your page.
Find new connections
Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Google + or LinkedIn, reach out to new people to expand your personal network. Grab that pile of business cards you’ve collected over the past year and start adding those individuals to your digital world. You never know what kinds of great opportunities may arise when you have an extensive network built out.
What other methods do you use to help clean up your digital life? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!