This holiday season, if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably want to keep connected to your social graph, just like you would for the other 11 months of the year. However, there are certain things to consider before you go tweeting away at a holiday dinner party. Here are some tips to help you spread the holiday cheer through your social networks, without bothering those around you.
1. Release from Real-Time Updates: Understand that the holidays are really about spending time with people – in person. Although it might be difficult, try cutting back on those real-time updates every three minutes. Twitter isn’t going anywhere, so you can wait until after the dinner has ended to begin tweeting again.
2. Blog More: If you feel that you must make up for your lack of a Twitter presence, try blogging more. You can blog about how delicious that holiday feast was, what presents you hope to get, what presents you gave to others, etc. The list goes on and on. Blogging is smart because it leaves more long-term content for your social graph to come back to in order to find out what you’ve been up to.
3. Make Digital Holiday Cards: Impress your family and friends with your digital skills by creating interactive and/or digital holiday cards. Avoid the custom, pre-designed ones that float around in abundance on the Web (those don’t show too much care or thought), but rather go for something original. You’re skills will be showcased in your work, and the recipients will enjoy the personalized touch.
4. Social Traveling: There are plenty of ways to interact with your social graph while traveling. BostInnovation recently highlighted five Boston-built travel apps that allow you to tap into your social network for making travel plans. Additionally, when you do travel to cool places, be sure to check-in using whichever location-based service you prefer.
5. Check In To Things: If you’re looking for a cool way to share your holiday activities with your social graph, try GetGlue. It allows you to check in to things, not places. For example, if you’re watching your favorite holiday movie or listening to a great holiday album, you can check in to those. You can also check in to your gifts after opening them.
Now let’s hear from you. How will you be using social media to enhance your holiday season?