I personally hate social networking. I think that it is one of the biggest time wasters imaginable. People who I want to stay in contact with I either see on a regular basis or email. Beyond that I couldn’t care less that someone I know ate at Applebees and had a great time there. I know that this is the kind of meaningless stuff that gets posted all of the time because my wife recently joined Facebook and she gets posts like this. I honestly think that things like this weaken legitimate social interaction and because of it people are going to lose the ability to have intelligent conversations about important topics. Actually, scratch that. If you’ve ever read comments on any political or otherwise controversial topic, our society has already reached that point. There’s one intelligent comment for every 20 personal attacks and pointless posts by someone who didn’t fully read the article before feeling the need to tell everyone their opinion.
This isn’t to sound like a bitter old man, just stating my dislike for the direction that things are heading. Nevertheless I can see the way things are going and social media in its current form are going to be around for a while. I have resisted joining before because I was certain that it was a fad that would go away sooner or later. Kind of like Myspace or whatever was big before that. I also had hopes of Google releasing something bigger and better than Facebook. But none of this appears to be the case at least in the near future.
And so I have signed up for Facebook and created a page for Spreading Light Ministries. While I have relied heavily on search engines and links from other sites to drive traffic to my own, I realize that Facebook has become a huge word of mouth traffic driver. I still don’t particularly like it but I’m considering it a necessary evil in order to continue to expand the reach of my web ministry. I’m really probably behind the times on this one but I’ve resisted long enough.
So, if you’d like to follow what is going on with Spreading Light Ministries and share it with all of your friends, then you can find our Facebook page at Spreading Light Ministries. There is also a Twitter feed which will mainly just have updates about the Facebook page. But you can follow us on Twitter @spreadinglightm or on the page spreadinglightm.