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6 New Year's Resolutions for Web Enthusiasts

A Few Suggested Things to Do to Improve Your Internet Experience Next Year


There are a lot of people who will reset the never ending cycle of New Year’s resolutions this January, usually involving generic goals like losing weight, quitting smoking, getting out of debt or spending more time with family. But did you ever think that the way you spend your time online could use a bit of an overhaul as well?

Chances are that you could use a little more organization to help you free up some time for better things when it comes to working or wasting time on the Internet. So here are 10 suggested New Year’s resolutions to help you get your year started on the right track.

1. Clean out your friends and followers on social networking sites.

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You’re not doing yourself any favors by letting your social networking feeds continue to get clogged with status updates and posts from people you met years ago and haven’t spoken to in ages. If you haven’t spoken to somebody in the past year or so and still have them on Facebook or Twitter, consider unfriending/unfollowing them. Keep the people that you’re genuinely interested in and ditch the connections that you could live without.

2. Move your stuff into the cloud.

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to seriously think about storing all of your stuff in the cloud. You can do that easily by using a tool like Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud or any other of your choice. This is especially useful if you use multiple machines and need to access photos, documents and files from them. And if you make any changes to those files, the updated file will always be ready for you to access from anywhere.

3. Unsubscribe from all those email newsletters you never read.

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It seems that no matter what you sign up for these days that requires giving away your email address, you’re automatically added to the email newsletter list. It can get really annoying, really fast. But it can also be a pain to go through each and find the unsubscribe link for all of them. You can use Unroll.me to do all the dirty work for you and remove you from a whole bunch of email lists all at once.

4. Organize your bookmarks for faster access to your favorite sites.

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There are a lot of news blogs, video streaming sites, social networks and image sharing platforms that we’ve become obsessed with visiting. Instead of visiting them one by one, try working them into your bookmarks. And if you come across a neat article or video that you don’t have immediate time to look at, you can use a cool tool like Pocket or Instapaper to save it for later. You can check out ten of the best bookmarking tools for the web here.

5. Go mobile.

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If you haven’t already discovered web browsing, social networking, online gaming and all that other fun stuff via a mobile device, now’s your chance to jump on the bandwagon -- especially if you received a shiny new tablet or smartphone for Christmas. You should definitely check out our list of ten trendy mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices that will help make your mobile experience a lot more enjoyable.

6. Get moving.

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Here’s a simple one that relates to the typical “lose weight” and “exercise more” resolution. Make a commitment this year to limit time spent on the couch or in the computer desk chair browsing the web on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. If that seems kind of impossible, consider getting a standup desk or a walking treadmill desk so you can continue enjoying the web while escaping the dangers of such a sedentary lifestyle.

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