Sunday, 3 July 2011

The Social Media Revolution

For a long time I balked at social media, having nothing to do with Facebook, Twitter, and the like. At the time I could give you all sorts of reasons and excuses for my personal boycott of them. Some of my friends are still there where I once was, and that's OK too, for as the saying goes, "to each their own."

It's been an interesting ride. I've developed online relationships that I once believed was not possible, or at the very least, questionable in terms of authenticity.

I don't know if I coined it or if it came from somewhere else, and ultimately it doesn't even matter, but sometimes I've even used the term "eFellowship" to describe some very meaningful faith-based online discussions that I've had with people that I've never even physically met before. Who would ever have thought that would be possible? Hmm.

These online relationships certainly do not replace the flesh and blood, face to face, relationships in my life. There is no substitute for sitting down with friends for fellowship in a coffee shop, park, or wherever. I would caution anyone who thinks it's OK to do otherwise. Having said that, online relationships can be precious too.

Sure, there is some online junk out there too, and some people have unfortunately gotten hurt by it. However, in my way of thinking, that's not really that different than venturing into the wrong parts of any major city; you can get seriously hurt there too. Ultimately, a person does have to be smart and take certain precautions.

"If Facebook were a country, it'd be the world's 3rd largest." Think about that statement for a moment. Wow! One thing is for certain, as this video makes very clear, social media is here to stay. The following is an interesting little video full of amazing statistics. Enjoy.

For me, the personal boycott is over; the social media revolution has been joined. 

Peace and Blessings.

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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