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Get Social and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s is a time for revelry, reflection, and making resolutions, both personal and work-related. PsychCentral blog says about forty to forty-five percent of American adults make at least one New Year’s resolution. USA.gov, America’s official Web portal, lists the most popular categories of New Year’s resolutions. Among the top ten, though not in rank order, are getting a better job, a better education, volunteering, money management, eating healthier, stopping bad habits, managing stress, getting fit, recycling, and taking a trip.

While many people set their sights high, far fewer follow through on their lofty plans. The Psychology Today blog cites research that shows after six months fewer than half the resolvers  have kept their New Year’s commitments and after a year less than ten percent have done so. According to the experts, one of the keys to achieving one’s New Year’s goals is sharing them with family and friends. New social platforms may help provide the answer to reaching your New Year’s resolutions in the coming 12 months.

The experts at WebMd report that among the best ways to stick with your resolutions are to keep them realistic and be held publicly accountable by sharing them with others. That means that social networks open up a range of options for exchanging New Year’s goals.

This year alone has witnessed the launch or surge in popularity of new social sharing platforms, such as Google +, Instagram, and Pinterest, to name a few. The image above was on the Pinterest homepage today along with tons of recipes and, not related though a must-see, the picture at right.

Coincidentally, Mashable has an article today about how new and long-time social networks like Facebook and Foursquare can be an aid to keeping your resolutions as well.

Another recent entry, Tout.com, seems well-suited for sharing resolutions. Tout allows users to create brief videos on their smartphones and send them to their Twitter or Facebook followers.  Tout videos are only fifteen seconds long, far shorter than the often-cited fifteen minutes of fame. Celebrities like Shaq and TV shows such as Access Hollywood have used the site.

So maybe it’s time to talk them up all those New Year’s resolutions you’ve been keeping to yourself. Just don’t be surprised if members of your social graph keep tabs on your progress.

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