Some of you are already using Facebook and Twitter as social networking sites. I resisted Twitter for a few months but recently have found it useful as a way of linking me to helpful information in a simple way. I do not much care for people telling me their every move, and meal, throughout the day. I do like hearing about what they are writing, reading and thinking about vitally important issues and subjects. It also allows me to pray for friends when they post a simple sentence seeking my support. Facebook is already a huge social networking resource that I came to appreciate about six months ago. All of my blogs and articles are also posted as links on Twitter and Facebook. If you like these technologies, and enjoy using them, be sure to link to me on one or both of them. If you Twitter be sure to link so I can also follow you as well.

Social networking sites allow ACT 3 to inform its friends about publications, content, research and news. They also allow me to personally share with a wider circle of our friends.

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  1. jls September 1, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Members of my church have been discussing ways to use technology to stay in touch throughout the day to share concerns, to pray together and foster spiritual community. Something like fixed-hour prayer, but with content contributed by the participants. Twitter seems inappropriate for reasons of security/confidentiality. Does anyone have any ideas about this?

  2. pyodor September 2, 2009 at 2:18 am

    The following is from Wikipedia (
    “The power of social network analysis stems from its difference from traditional social scientific studies, which assume that it is the attributes of individual actors—whether they are friendly or unfriendly, smart or dumb, etc.—that matter. Social network analysis produces an alternate view, where the attributes of individuals are less important than their relationships and ties with other actors within the network. This approach has turned out to be useful for explaining many real-world phenomena, but leaves less room for individual agency, the ability for individuals to influence their success, because so much of it rests within the structure of their network.”
    If this is true, I am all against the theories behind social network analysis.
    The following link talks about some harmful effects of social networking websites.
    “The ugly: for teens, who can be viciously competitive, networking sites that feature a list of one’s best friends and space for everyone to comment about you can be an unpleasant venue for social humiliation and bullying. These sites can make the emotional landmines of adolescence concrete and explicit.” (

  3. Ed Holm September 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I think our culture has become increasingly cruel and that is reflected on the social networking. Don’t know if it feels any worse than it did to be glued to the gym wall, immobilized by fear the many many nights of teen dances while all of the smooth dancers danced with the girls you could only dream about and when you finally got the courage to ask them to dance, they giggled and said “NO!” Ah youth, the best years of your life.

  4. Adam S September 9, 2009 at 6:08 am

    You can have a protected account on twitter where you have to approve everyone and you can send direct messages (basically a private text message) that can’t be seen by the public. I personally use twitter for prayer, but only in that it reminds me of people and events to pray for. I don’t share requests over twitter.

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