Social Media for Accountability

August 11, 2011

Social Media AccountabilityThis is a guest post from our social media friends at Salty Waffle.
Have you ever struggled with doing something that you set your mind to do? Said to yourself today is the day to start on a lifestyle change, then tomorrow you are back to the old ways? Perhaps you set a goal to have a daily quiet time, go on a certain diet, or work out 3 times a week. I choose these examples because they are reoccurring goals I tend to say I will do… but that never fully happens. Whatever it may be, we always say we want to do things to change, but something gets in the way – busy schedules, laziness, lack of motivation, something. Two social media solutions are Twitter and Foursquare.
1) Twitter: Twitter is a great place to gain accountability. By publicly tweeting about what it is you are trying to accomplish, and the process you take in getting there, you can gain followers who will encourage you along the way. This can be loved ones, friends, or strangers. Specifically, if you have a mentor or fellow community members you would like to be accountable with on a certain topic, the two of you can utilize twitter for daily check ins. New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter used this method of accountability to lose 75 pounds.
2) Foursquare: For accountability that includes a certain location, Foursquare is the answer. If you’re struggling with working out and will be going to a certain gym each time, you can check-in there and have your network hold you accountable.


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