Facebook Observations

Observations about Facebook:

  • I am surprised how someone will post something on Facebook that they wouldn’t say to a group of people.  Because, it is being said to a group of people!!  If you couldn’t say that in front of your sweet old grandma then it probably shouldn’t be said online.  🙂
  • Why would someone become frustrated that people are commenting on their very personal post when they posted it for all to see?  It may be none of my business, but then why blurt it out to all?
  • Everyone is an evangelist and trying to convert everyone else to their way of thinking about a subject.  We all do this.  I’m doing it right now! Facebook provides our soap box!  Whether it is about religion, politics, sports, work, food, the environment,  or how we should respond to Osama bin Laden’s death, etc… we are putting our views, our likes and our dislikes out there!  We all are trying to make converts!  Altar call!
  • Facebook provides a way to silently and symbolically communicate our dislike, distrust, annoyance, or boredom of someone.  We can “unfriend” them, “block” them, or remove their comment.  In this “Facebook age” these clicks of a mouse carry more weight than we anticipate.  See this story.
  • Facebook has caused us to try to sort out new questions on how to communicate personal issues.  I used to not know that someone may be struggling “in a relationship,” but now, all of a sudden, I learn that “it’s complicated” or they now are “single.”
  • Thanks to Facebook I am able to reconnect with people I would probably never speak to again.  I think that’s good.  I personally enjoy the online reunion from my days in school and overseas.  It is like catching up with old friends without having to lose weight and pay a ticket for a reunion!
  • Finally, Facebook has given me an opportunity to discipline my time usage, because it can eat alot of it up!

Just some of my thoughts on using this powerful social media tool.  I enjoy it!

PS: here is my Facebook Page – ha!

What are some of your observations?

Saturday Brain Doodles

Jody, me, and Lisa enjoying "Snack Time" as kids.

I think I’m going to take Saturdays and just spit out random things I’m thinking about…

So, let’s get started:

  • The Detroit Tigers are finally winning and this makes me happy.  I wrap way too much of my emotional well being into the Tigers.  Who’s your Tiger?
  • I’ve been reading the story of Jesus and asking, “How can I believe and behave like Jesus?”
  • Tomorrow I’m closing out the “Love God” series talking about Strength.
  • A counselor gave me a helpful insight on anxiety: “Anxiety is when we overestimate an issue and underestimate our ability to cope with it.”
  • My 6th grade daughter is in tennis.  This brings back a lot of memories!  I played co-ed middle school tennis too – good memories.
  • I’m really excited about Watermark’s “Great Saturday” serve event the day before Easter.  I love that we are practically meeting needs over Easter weekend!  Becky Staal has done a tremendous job leading a team to make that happen!
  • I’m also pumped for Easter Sunday.  I plan on making a mess and using some props.  My prayer is that people would encounter the good news of Jesus.
  • We had a great time last night with friends who also adopted from Ethiopia.  In fact, their daughter was at the same orphanage with our daughter at the same time!  It’s a small world after all.  There is a tremendous bond between adoptive families and I’m thankful for the support.
  • One of my closest friends has been my good friend since I was in 2nd grade.  Thankful for loyal long-lasting friends.  Got to hang with him this week – good stuff!
  • I turn 40 this year.  Wow.  Does that mean I’m almost a man?
  • I just started working out again – believe me, I really need it!
  • We are looking for a worship leader for Watermark.  My hope is to find someone for this part time position by the summer.
  • Great quote I came across again from Andy Stanley: “Simply recognizing the need for change doesn’t define leadership. The leader is the one who has the courage to act on it.” So true!  I want that to be true of me.
  • I need to scan more doodles in for these posts.
  • I think the 80’s was the best decade for alternative music.

I feel better – thanks.