So I’ve opened up my Twitter account so that anybody can follow me without my permission. And suddenly, I’m seeing people with 18,000 or 30,000 followers.
What does this mean?
Sucker that I am, I clicked on some random pitch about getting a zillion followers in ten minutes (can anyone say “scam” of some kind?) just to see what was up. And sure enough there was a pitch to use this strategy and that program and take these steps and in short order, the world is following you around hearing whatever happens to be tricking your fancy at the moment. The idea is that if you can get that many people following you, you then become a driver of traffic, so that if even a small percentage of your followers click on a link you tout, it results in hundreds of visits to a web site or blog, which as a blogger, I can tell you, I would appreciate.
Suddenly, advertisers take notice.
Why do I have the image of a thousand people standing at an intersection, all of them pointing in some random direction, trying to convince all the others that “it’s this way!”?
But I will say I’m beginning to get the implications from a networking point of view. (Someone feel free to explain this to me.) Communication is evolving…
…but do we have anything to say?
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In reading through Proverbs, one verse leapt out at me: A righteous man is cautious in friendship 12:26. I wonder how Solomon would have worded that verse in this day and age: A righteous man doesn’t approve every friend request in Facebook, nor does he have many followers on Twitter… Makes me wonder.
Delores, Prov 12:26 such a great verse for these socially over-networked times!
One of the cool things about Twitter that is different from Facebook and MySpace is that with Twitter you don’t have to follow–let alone call a friend–those who follow you. You can block people after they start to follow you, but they don’t have to be approved by you in order to be able to follow you. Thus, when spammers and other undesirables follow you, if you don’t follow them back, your tweets are a one-way street for them. Your tweets show up on their page, but you won’t see a single tweet of theirs.
So if you tweet about the lordship of Jesus now and then, who knows what might become of it? As C.S. Lewis writes in Surprised by Joy,
“A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist [or pagan or agnostic] cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere — ‘Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,’ as Herbert says, ‘fine nets and stratagems.’ God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.”
If we think of our unbelieving followers as a mission field, our tweets can become fine nets and stratagems.
And yes, we have something to say!