I’ll confess right off that this post is really here so we can check something on the site. I didn’t have a dream that inspired greatness; I didn’t read a passage or say a prayer that stirred deep emotions; I simply received a text message from my co-author asking if I would try to fix something and see if posting a blog would take care of it.
In thinking about what to write, our social media trends came to mind. Facebook, twitter, myspace, blogs and recently, Google Buzz has more or less taken over the way we communicate. Consider this video:
So we need to be thinking about what we say online before we say it. Thinking through the past few weeks, there have been times when I have wanted to tweet something just because I had been absent on line for over ten hours. But what’s the point? The old saying goes- If you don’t have anything nice to say than you shouldn’t say anything at all. But I would say that if you have nothing to say then why are you talking? Why tweet, update statuses, or blog about nothing? Why put yourself out on the internet if there is nothing beneficial coming from you?
What this doesn’t mean
This doesn’t mean that we don’t use twitter to tell people where we are. A good friend of mine is trying to minister to people at Wal-Mart. This might seem strange at first, but by being there frequently (not necessarily buying anything) and being known to the employees or other frequent shoppers, he can build relationships with those people and maybe use that to bring them to Christ. So what does his usual evening tweet read? Walking Walmart. If you ever wanted to join him, you would only have to watch for his tweeting.
How else can we use our social media to benefit others?