Written by Leonard Buhler Ask me to explain how social media works, and I will give you a confused look. I’m not an expert: I’m still trying to figure out how to use the ‘Retweet’ function.
i Rate This Post from Marilyn Adamson , director of EveryStudent.com and StartingwithGod.com College students spend an average of five hours a day online.
By Wole Akpose Social networks , social media and social graphs are relatively new phrases in our collective lexicon, but they are becoming increasingly important ones in our personal and professional lives. As social networking sites and apps become more pervasive and increasingly embedded on the intimate setting of our mobile phones and other hand-held devices, the limited restraint formerly exercised on what we post to such sites seems to have disappeared altogether. Twitter, for example, with its 140-character limit seems like a perfect outlet for sharing instant thoughts about anything, from political to personal thoughts and everything else in between. But this ease of sharing our most intimate thoughts and emotions presents both opportunities and dangers. The goal of this article is to help make informed and savvy social network users out of readers, alerting them to potential threats and highlighting opportunities.
Question: "Should a Christian use social networking tools (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogs, etc.)?" Answer: Hundreds of millions of people are running toward social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to participate in the relational components of the Internet. Are these networks the next big mission field or an enormous waste of time? Should a Christian participate in social networking? The answer to these questions should be determined by whether we can honestly ask God to bless and use our actions for His own good purposes. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” ( 1 Corinthians 10:31 ).
Incredible spectrum for evangelism The Web as a medium is so broad that for any person it can be ‘what you want it to be’. For some, it is merely best way of keeping in touch with friends and family by email.
After several years of rapid growth, Facebook passed 800 million users in 2011. This represents 1 in 3 of all web users (if you exclude China where Facebook is banned). If we compare Facebook users with country populations, it is the third largest ‘country’ in the world. USA and UK have long been the #1 and #2 in terms of number of Facebook users.
There are a growing number of Christian Applications available to add to a Facebook profile, Fan Page or Group. However, there are very few that are suitable for sensitive evangelism. Certainly, for many cultures and demographic groups, the ‘I love Jesus’, ‘Daily Bible Verse’ or ‘Which Bible Character Am I?’ would be rather blatant and churchy for many not-yet-Christians. There is a big need for gently evangelistic applications, that pose questions, link to suitable website or display dialogue-starting video clips. Please tell us of any you recommend or use.
Dr Bex Lewis has produced a valuable overview of social networking (she has called it elseshere a ‘cheat sheet’) on her blog Digital Fingerprint . Check out the rest of the blog for many insights into the nature of social networking, What is appropriate use of social media? What is just plain bad manners – and therefore counter-productive in Christian ministry? Author and social networking expert Tamar Weinberg explains .
A social networking service is an online service , platform, or site that focuses on facilitating the building of social networks or social relations among people who, for example, share interests, activities, backgrounds, or real-life connections. A social network service consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. Most social network services are web-based and provide means for users to interact over the Internet , such as e-mail and instant messaging . Online community services are sometimes considered as a social network service, though in a broader sense, social network service usually means an individual-centered service whereas online community services are group-centered. Social networking sites allow users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks.
Networks get things done. Whether it's sending a letter or lighting your home. Networks make it happen. To get from Chicago to Santa Fe, we need to see the network of roads that will get us there. We see that Chicago is connected to St Louis, which is connected to Dallas, which is connected to Santa Fe. Of course, people networks can help us with finding jobs, meeting new friends, and finding partners.