Is Social Media Bad for You? Or Are You Just Bad with Social Media?

Networking Socially

Networking Socially

When I wrote Rewired, I argued that there is really nothing new about “social media” except the term itself. Media (truth, information) has been around since the world began, and God made us to be social from the start. It was always his idea that truth and information, especially the good news about God, be spread relationally, from person to person. What is new is the set of tools we have at our disposal to create and join conversations online.

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Facebook Is Making Online Outreach a LOT Harder: 6 Ways Churches Can Still Use It Well

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Facebook PageThe gospel did okay before Facebook, and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word out about Jesus and His people. We’ve devoted time, energy, and even financial resources to gathering a community of fans who read posts, click links, and pass things along to friends.

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The Growth of Social Media [Infographic]

The Growth of Social Media

Can you effectively lead a church without being on Facebook? It may not be such a dumb question, in my opinion. Can you lead, teach, and shepherd without technology? Sure. But can you infiltrate the culture with the gospel while walking in a circle of avoidance around the culture? To put it another way, can you snub the local favorite coffee shop and still relate to the people around you?

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I’m Going Split-Personality on Facebook

Even though I think Twitter is mo’ funner, I recognize that Facebook has probably the greater potential to be used for personal networking. My wife thinks Twitter is boring even though she recognizes its potential as a place for professional connections and conversation to happen. Because I’m accustomed to how Twitter works, I tend to use Facebook in a similar way (though with far fewer posts).

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Mining Your Social Web Relationships

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Tools for Mining the Social WebI’ve just written a post over at Fuel Your Blogging about some tools for digging into your social networking relationships. In that post, I talk briefly about how I believe we’re in the adolescence period of the internet. We’re still focused on the “cool” factor of the tools we use, but some of the tools available now are helping us to discover deeper relationships with people.

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Social Media is Two Words

Social… media. Media either exists or it doesn’t. Making media social is the trick, isn’t it? We’re on the verge of burning people out on the phrase, but I can’t seem to come up with any great alternatives. Nonetheless, rather than focus on social media as a career, or even as a discipline unto itself, we absolutely must hang on to the underlying principles.

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