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By Judith Kallos

Happy New Year! New attitude? New habits? How about 10 Online New Year's Resolutions?

For almost a decade I have reviewed the issues that need to be addressed. I update this article before the first of each year. This year brought many changes. Unfortunately, many people still feel online is a free-for-all. Certainly that is not the case. It is wrong to lend shelter to those who still resist learning the online rules of the road.

Almost every New Year's resolution is based on improving attitudes and changing habits. From loosing weight to getting out of debt to trying to live a happier life, every one of us has or will have some sort of conversation with ourselves in regard to the New Year and changes we would like to make. If we follow through on 5 percent of these resolutions, we'll be way ahead of the pack!

Below are the 2006 New Year's Online Resolutions. Everyone can improve their skills--if they are willing. Remember, perception is the only reality online! Assessments about you are made based on how you choose to use technology - positive and negative alike.

These issues in particular are neglected by too many people on a daily basis. Make a commitment to improve these and you may find your online activities more enjoyable, profitable and effective.

Many people you never meet will only have your use of technology as a basis on which to form their opinions about who you are and what you are like and how you do business. The perception of the type of person you are, as well as whether you are a fish out of water online, will certainly be apparent by the efforts you choose to make or neglect in these areas.

So, without further delay, shall we begin?

1. I will not forward an e-mail unless it specifically applies to the person to whom I am sending it. I will include a personal note to that person so they know why I am forwarding that particular e-mail. If I must send or forward the same e-mail to a group of contacts, I will do so only when I put their e-mail addresses in the "BCC:" field to protect their privacy (especially if they don't know each other).

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Judith Kallos is the principal of The IStudio.
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