Have you broken your New Year's resolution yet? More importantly, if you made a New Year's resolution (or more than one), did you share it on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or some other form of social media? If you're like many of my friends, you've done both. But what are the costs of sharing our resolutions, our triumphs, and our setbacks with so many more people than we would have in a less-wired era? Does New Year's online inspiration help or hurt?
Over at our sister site Lifehacker on Monday, Rod Ebrahimi wrote that showed that telling "a few supportive individuals" about your goal could be very helpful in increasing your chance of success. That's hardly astounding; it's not really news that encouragement from friends makes it easier to stick to a resolution. But what if you're not telling just a few close friends or family members, but instead broadcasting your goals to an entire social network that numbers in the three or four digits? What's the impact then?