Thursday, June 15, 2017

Confessions Of A Social Media Lurker: 3 Guidelines For Commenting Constructively Online

I don't want to just participate in conversations – whether they're online or in real life. I want to elevate them. And be elevated by them.

I spend a fair amount of time on social media. But there are a lot of people who don't even know I'm in a group with them because, while I monitor a lot of conversations, I seldom participate.

I hang out, I follow the conversation, I learn whatever can be gained, but I don't contribute.


Well, there's this Bible passage about pearls and pigs...

So much of the online tone is so mean, confrontational and toxic, it would be a waste of my time and emotional energy to engage in it. And this is in Christian groups. Including ministers' groups.

Sadly, some ministers have stained the reputation of their ministry, their church and the gospel by their online behavior – including a few who have lost their ministry positions over it.

At times, I've been tempted to opt out of social media entirely. And have done so for short seasons. But there is a lot of value in it. And I think it's important to be aware of what my fellow ministers are saying about the major subjects of the day.

So I'm a lurker. A hoverer. An eavesdropper.

I watch, listen and learn. Occasionally I'll jump in. But only under very tight guidelines.

I've created a set of rules for my engagement in online conversations. Including the Facebook and Twitter comments about this blog. Read More

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