Twitter. Facebook. Passing â€˜Web 2.0â€™ fad, or useful tool? (expanded from an article written for Together magazine)
Twitter is a â€˜micro-bloggingâ€™ platform: like texts from your computer, or your mobile phone; they can’t be more than 140 characters long; & can have hyper links to web pages on the internet. Twitter posts can be linked to update Facebook or LinkedIn status, & have geographical position data attached with the likes of Foursquare or BrightKite.
So, it can be a bit of fun, yes. But can it be useful? Or are these Social Media just a waste of time, and a distraction from our Christian call, and Godâ€™s mission?
Firstly, Letâ€™s not forget the influence of Facebook, with more adherents than the population of some continents. If youâ€™re on it, youâ€™ll know; and if you arenâ€™t, most of your friends and family certainly are. As are many of the people in, and what is more important here, on the fringes of our churches. These sorts of social media, that are all about making relationships – however tenuous. Relationships are what churches should be about too.
Secondly, these media are very immediate. Twitter is often how news now spreads most rapidly – as we say with Continue reading “Twitter Mission”