I entered the world of social networking somewhat reluctantly about a year ago. At the time, Church Unique was set to release in four months; initial encouragement from the publisher and best practice from other authors pushed me over the edge. Immediately I started using facebook and was turned off by myspace (after getting spammed to death). Not long after I heard of twitter, but I was not anxious to bring the complexity of another tool into my world. Several weeks ago that changed. The final straw for me was the the two words "Ambient Intimacy." This idea reinterpreted my observations and some initial conclusions about social networking. The term was introduced by this New York Times article. (free login required) or Download I’m So Totally, Digitally Close to You. Another article that I enjoyed is this one in Business Week on CEOs who twitter.
Last week at our semi-annual Auxano gathering, I asked everyone to sign-up for twitter and to use it once daily. Members of my extended family are signing up each day.
Clearly this is an opportunity for Christ-followers to utilize, experiment, and adapt these powerful tools for the purposes of Jesus in the world. Twitter: willmancini