Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Shock! Facebook Actually Does Help Friendships!

This evening I ran into a friend of mine who I used to see all the time, but haven't lately.  I walked up behind him, tapped him on the shoulder and said, "It feels like it's been forever since I've seen you!"

He replied, "I know, but it doesn't feel that way." 

This is a guy who almost always leaves me a comment on Facebook status updates and pictures. He actively engages with the Facebook community.

Sure social networking can have it's stalker-types who only get on to click around trying to see people's pictures and read about their lives without having to be involved in the network. But social networking gives you whatever you put into it.

If you're in ministry, especially with youth or young adults, social networking is practically a must. Find out what network your people are involved in (these days it's probably either Facebook or Twitter), and get involved with them there, as well as in person. Even if you don't see results immediately, the payoff will come.

I understand not having the time that other people find for it, but invest a little bit in social networking, and the impact can be huge.

Now if I could just get my friend to join Twitter.... hmmm.....


Rusty said...

Who needs Twitter when you have Facebook? :-)

Gabe Smith said...

Who needs facebook when you have twitter! ;)

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