Around this time of year, about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Here & Now media analyst John Carroll has some suggestions for pledges that media companies can make, as well as some resolutions for people who use Twitter.
For example, Pope Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) is missing an opportunity to engage with his followers, Carroll said.
“What he tweets out is entirely bland. What people are tweeting to him is just a viper’s nest of recriminations, bitterness – it’s a combination of the scatological, the sacrilegious and the snarky,” Carroll said. “I would recommend that he get into a tweet fight with somebody.”
Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram, which Facebook bought in April 2012, have been magnets for controversy this year, mostly due to privacy issues.
Carroll’s advice for mainstream news organizations was, “Slow down… They’re chasing the first instead of chasing the right.”