Category Archives: Social Media

Don’t Rely on Social Media or Google to Inform You – Do This Instead

Social media has one goal – keep your eyes on their platform. The more time you spend on social media, the more money they make off ads. Facebook doesn’t like to push external links because they send you away from their site, which means your eyeballs aren’t looking at their ads, which means less money for them. In other words, when a writer puts their links on Facebook, it isn’t in Facebook’s best interest to show that link to a lot of people because by clicking on it you leave their platform.

Facebook like to give you content they think you will enjoy. If you get on Facebook or Instagram over and over and see things that make you unhappy you might quit their platform. These companies spend a lot of money creating algorithms/formulas that predict what they think you want to see in order to keep you on longer to see more ads. Facebook makes more money if they keep content on their own platform in front of people so you don’t go off site and never come back. They want you on their site, with their ads in front of you for as long as possible.

Google has their own bias. When you do a search, you aren’t getting a random assortment of results. You are getting a very carefully curated list of results. Generally speaking, they are going to steer you away from things that don’t line up with their agenda.

If you are relying on social media to keep good Christian content and accurate, balanced news in front of you, you are fighting a losing battle.

The way to make sure you get the content you want is through one of two methods: email subscription to the sites you enjoy reading or RSS feed readers like Feedly.com. RSS feed readers pull all of the new content off the sites you add into your dashboard online so you can read all the new content from the sites you enjoy all in one place.

When you make this move you will get unfiltered results that the algorithms don’t sort out for you. This takes more work but being well informed takes work. Many people have gotten incredibly lazy in how they consume news and information, relying on other people and their agendas to sort out what you see and what you don’t see. Let’s not fall for it any longer.

I don’t say this to promote my blog. I say this because, as Christians, we are going to want access to information that the world is going to do more and more to block from our view. Don’t rely on google. Don’t rely on Facebook. Subscribe to the sites you want to read to make sure you stay informed and that you being informed doesn’t hinge on what someone else’s algorithms decide to put in front of you.

Being a Disciple in How We Talk Online

Our Christianity doesn’t have boundaries on where or when we act as followers of Jesus. If Paul had known of social media he would have said to be like Jesus there too. This can be quite difficult. It is difficult because we are humans and make mistakes on a platform with other humans who makeContinue Reading

How to have a Christian Conversation on Social Media – Barriers

When we get into conflict our body has visceral fight or flight reactions that keep us from having a productive conversation. This video helps us identify the physiological signals that warn you it is time to discipline your thoughts and words if you are to move forward in a productive and disciplined way. Online conversationContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Practical Guide to a Healthier Conversation

The last few posts on social media as a spiritual discipline all lead up to this post. What can you actually do to have a healthier online conversation? 1 – The Pause Instead of jumping in quickly to respond to comment after comment you stop. Take a moment to gather your thoughts. It may beContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Physiology

There is one more thing I want to discuss before I get into what one can do to have a more productive and loving online conversation. One of the biggest things that is working against our success in our innate physiology. Have you ever been insulted online? If so how did you feel when itContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Entropy

I have never seen a political or religious argument ascend into pics of the grandkids or even what someone had for dinner last night but I have seen pics of the grands or your latest, greatest dinner devolve into a verbal assault. Entropy – the idea that things fall apart, that organization more easily turnsContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Resistance

Spiritual disciplines require training. Training requires resistance. I believe spiritual disciplines take discipline because they don’t come naturally to us. If they did it wouldn’t take discipline to do them. This is why I believe using social media as a Christian can be a spiritual discipline. It comes with natural barriers to productive and effectiveContinue Reading

Our Religio-Socio-Political Climate Where Everything Is a Test

In today’s world everything is a test. The radars are spinning. The antennae are up and their sensitivity levels have been cranked up 100X the normal levels. What you say or don’t say matters more than ever. What you think about issues most people would have been ignorant of 10 years ago mean everything. YouContinue Reading

Social Me-dia and the Death of Self-differentiation

Simply put, self-differentiation is the ability to tell where I stop and another person starts. This isn’t about the physical space one occupies. It is about so much more than that…emotions, psychological well being, etc. What we call boundaries are the attempt to establish and maintain individuation or differentiation from others.   Social me-dia isContinue Reading

Christian Voyeurism

Christianity has a real problem with voyeurism. No, I am not talking about peeping through people’s windows at night. I am talking about watching other Christians fight in public. When one prominent Christian says something, another responds with sharp criticism. Then the vultures begin circling via social media looking down to see who is vulnerable.Continue Reading

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