today is a rapid fire collection of my thoughts on social media
Facebook for me is about interacting with friends and ministry volunteers
Facebook is where I promote my blog posts
I don’t make a very good Facebook friend, not very good at replying
I try to interact with our church Facebook page to promote it more…for what that’s worth
With Facebook it’s harder to hide the real you. We all have embarrassing pictures from our freshman year in college. Friends sometimes (thanks very much) “tag” us in our unattractive moments.
People are surprisingly unfiltered with what goes on Facebook. I’ve had to get my “judging-ness” in check many times. It’s not my responsibility to change people, only God can do that.
Twitter makes it easy to network with people you might never meet in real life
Twitter is a great tool for leveraging that network to get advice, ideas, and info from the fields that interest you
You can be pretty much whoever you want to be on twitter
You can use it to promote your stuff and look pretty self absorbed
You can use it to publicly show support to others and look like a swell individual
Your wife would like to remind you that she is more interesting than anything on twitter
To summarize, it’s good for promoting, and it’s good for encouraging
If you’re a pastor your tweets probably sound ridiculous to unchurched people
It’s probably safe to say that you get what you give with social media, …again, for what that’s worth
Retweets, followers, ‘likes’, etc. = not worth anything at all and will never make you a better pastor
#hashtags are fun, the more creative the better, who knew you could get so many laughs with words written after the pound symbol?
Social Media: great tool, lots of fun to be had, just beware the self-indulgence