Christmas is here again (already). What better way to celebrate than by using the social media tools we use every day? Whether you’re always on Facebook and/or Twitter or just want to give your blog a holiday makeover, these 5 tips are sure to have you in the holiday spirit and spreading Christmas cheer across the Web.
Change Your Twitter Background
Since your Twitter background also shows on the Twitter homepage (where you check your timeline), this is a great way to stay in the Christmas spirit whenever you’re reading tweets. There are quite a few Twitter background sources that you can use, but my personal favorite is WishAFriend because they can update your Twitter profile with the click of a button (like a few others can too).
While you’re at it, why not change your desktop wallpaper as well? One of my favorite sites for high quality wallpapers is DesktopNexus.
Send Cards via Facebook
Nowadays, just about everyone is on Facebook. While some love sending traditional cards in the mail, most prefer to save a few dollars and send cards via the Internet. There are numerous apps on Facebook that are just for sending cards, postcards and other holiday greetings; one of the most popular is Blingee Book. There are thousands of cards and animated postcards to chose from and can be posted on the person’s wall or in a message.
If you have a friend or family member who happens not to be on Facebook, you can send them a free eCard by email. While you’re at it, why not join a Cause and help send Christmas cards to our Troops! Being the wife of a former troop, I know how meaningful just a simple card can be to them.
Spruce Up Your Blog
Not only can you dress up your blog with Christmas themed social media sharing icons, but you can also go all out and use a Christmas theme – you can still get away with it for another week or so. You may also be able to find a few Christmas widgets to decorate your blog with. You’ll be surprised at the holiday themed widgets available.
If you’re looking for more ideas, check out Amanda’s post last year (on Blogging Tips) called The Festive Toolbox: Decorate Your Blog For Christmas.
Watch Christmas Videos
No matter what your favorite video site may be (YouTube, Vimeo, ect), I’m sure they have Christmas videos for your enjoyment. You can also share videos you like on your favorite sites like Facebook, Twitter or by email. This is a another great way to share the Christmas spirit with your friends and family.
If you prefer just listening to music while doing other things on the Web, you can create a Christmas station at Pandora or listen and share music via Grooveshark (or whatever your favorite music site may be). If you will be spending Christmas with the family, you can even have music play in the background while you open gifts or eat dinner; it’s a great way to keep everyone in a cheerful mood.
Share Your Christmas Photos
Most people take lots of pictures on Christmas, so why not share them with the world? There are so many photo sharing sites on the Web that it can be hard to pick just one. A site that I’ve seen a lot of people using lately is Picplz. If you have an iPhone or Android Phone, you can share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare all at once. If you don’t have one of those mobile devices, then you can upload your photos directly to the website and also share to Flickr, Tumblr and Posterous (in addition to the above-mentioned).
If you’re looking for something that supports even more services, Pikchur is a great option. You can share on: Facebook. Flickr, FriendFeed, Plurk, Tumblr, Twitter, Posterous, Foursquare and even more! Whichever service you choose, I’m sure others will enjoy seeing how you celebrated the holiday.
Which way way did you choose to celebrate?