Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are now not only personal expressions but company branding machines. With the proliferation of this new media, I have identified five sins that create weak impact—unless you are into rewarding stupidly bad behavior. And, they drive me crazy! The dark side of social media might hurt you more than help. Many companies see added stats to follower lists, but do they know that their supposed social media manager is cheating a system instead of engaging people?
I know in the title it says this will save you some pain. To be honest, I am in pain. Often, I read status updates or tweets that cause hives or indigestion. Those of us who are Christian’s at times tend to spiritualize banal activity online. How can some of us be so naive to use our social media immaturely, expressing our thoughts like ill-timed flatulence? I cannot answer that, but hope these ten guidelines save pain–for all of our sakes!
I am writing this to my core audience of creative leaders who are faith-based, but any business or non-profit leader can learn from this. If you are tired of being beaten up by all the reasons why you SHOULD do Twitter, then this post is surely for you.
It is true. On November 17 Xbox 360 will now be able to interface with your Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts. Imagine, in the middle of your Halo 3 match you feel like tweeting the world about the color of paint on the wall or update your Facebook status on how your achievements fall short as far as your gamer scores. Sound ridiculous? Perhaps. But, I have found Xbox and other gaming systems to be a real place to hangout with people. I enjoy playing with my son, nephew and friends whether online or in person. Will adding more social features to gaming be an enhancement or ridiculous? Please chime in. HT: www.crunchgear.com
RECAP: Staci Frenes was our guest worship leader and artist this past Sunday. Its safe to say that Sunridge loves Staci! Her songwriting and singing are known quantities to me over the years but I also learned how adept she is at leading people into worship. Since I was preaching, it was a treat to be led in worship be Staci and our Worship Band. To watch the sermon or download the sermon notes, go here. You might find it interesting that I had people sign up for twitter during my sermon. 😉 Check it out. I am going to post on Tuesday a special video blog interviewing Staci. Her new CD Meteor is outstanding! I will give you some behind the scenes about it. SET LIST: Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall Everlasting God – Brenton Brown What I Won’t Leave Without – Staci Frenes Hosanna – Brooke Fraiser offering: Know Your Voice – Staci Frenes LINKS: VIDEO of sermon Fred’s list of set lists from all over the place Planning Center worship flow sheet How was your worship weekend? What did God speak to you about?
This message was delivered at Sunridge Church yesterday. One noteworthy thing is the use of twitter and how hundreds of tweets were coming in. All of that is experimental, but helpful in us connecting. As a teacher its always better to be in dialog more than monologue, right? The books I referenced: The Hard Sayings of Jesus, F.F. Bruce The Jesus I Never Knew, Phillip Yancey Once An Arafat Man, Tass Saada The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley DOWNLOAD: sermon_outline Is losing your life, as Jesus asks us, a good investment?
The above video had me really concerned about my use of twitter and for the health of the general twittering public, so I had the opportunity as a power blogger to ask during the National Worship Leaders Conference the David Crowder Band personally about the issue with twitter (follow their tweets @crowderband). I am not sure what my SPECIAL INVESTIGATION really exposes, but I report and you decide. 😉 BTW…you can follow me on twitter at @rkweblog
If you are wondering what the green avatars all over twitter means, go to http://www.helpiranelection.com and you can with a click get your profile to show support. If you are looking for twitter hash tag aggregates, the best I know of is http://twubs.com/iranelection #iranelection
Social Media seems to be a broad term now for any way we connect using IM, Twitter.com, Facebook.com and so forth. I enjoy the platform of blogging because I get to interact with real people about things I care about. Twitter, Facebook and other modes are enjoyable to me as well for that very reason. Here is how it works for me right now, subject to change. Twitter: I get to find out about the news, and with those closest to me, I get to be involved in praying for their lives. Twitter opens up the world and tightens the circle of people I already know. For some reason, people are interesting in the micro-blogging of my life. By the way, you can follow me here at @rkweblog. Facebook: I connect with family, old friends, and interact with people at my church. My personal Facebook seems to be a place to share affinities with mostly. Our church has a fan page. (Sunridge Church Fan Page). IM: people who read my blog or who I have met may choose to chat with me (either Facebook or AIM, etc.) and it can go from anything like questions back and forth with worship leaders or pastors to discussing a project with a ministry volunteer. (My AIM, MSN, Yahoo) Blogging: This blog has been an amazing place for important…
There is an article in the UK Gaurdian talking about new curriculim for primary school kids that will replace teaching WWII with Twitter and Wikipedia. Imagine, you can now learn about ABCs while you Twitter from your phone. This sounds useful for kids aged 6. NOT! I love blogging, Twitter and such but there has to be some limit. Right? Your thoughts, please!