All posts tagged: Social media

Platform Generation


We live in a day and age where numbers really matter. The number of followers and friends you have on social media matter. It matters so much that people buy followers to make themselves look influential. Studies show that people spend up to 9 hours a day trying to boast their status in the blogger sphere and on social media. This phenomenon is so strong that even the number of members in any organization can change the status of both the organization and its leadership – positively or negatively. Positively they are able to leverage their influence to change the world. Negatively they become self-absorbed, narcissistic and needy for the praise of men. Sadly, when it comes to numbers, a lot of people think you need a huge following to change the world. I disagree! For example: If your church is small, it doesn’t mean you need to fold your hands and be mediocre. It doesn’t mean you remain silent. I pray that your church grows; I pray that you find what it takes to bring in …

To Tweet or not to Tweet


If you have not yet asked yourself why you have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts or why you are on any other social media sites, chances are, you have them or are on them, for all the wrong reasons. It is important for all of us to define the purpose for having or using social media, because if we don’t define it for ourselves, others will define it for us. Like any good tool, social media can be misused and abuse depending on the one using it. Some use it for perverted purposes, others, for dubious purposes and still others use it to promote self. It is not a secret, social media has brought out the narcissism in every one of us. Recently, an article in the Atlantic made some bold claims that “we’re in the middle of a raging narcissism epidemic.” In the article, they cited a study showing that “among a group of 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as quickly as obesity from the 1980s to the present.” Citing Elias Aboujaoude, …

20 Admonishments Millennials Need to Embrace


The Pew Research Center defines millennials as having personality. They are American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood. And they have begun to forge their own identity. They are confident, connected, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and receptive to new ideas and ways of living. Generally, millennials are less religious than older Americans. Fewer young adults belong to any particular faith than older people do today. But for those millennials who are Christ’s followers, their religious affiliation is as strong today as among earlier generations. Unfortunately, many are beginning to see a spiritual drought creep in the camp of Christ following millennials. The culture of hooking-up and shacking up is on the rise. The culture of laziness and unemployment is on the rise. Drug abuse and alcoholism is on the rise. The life-style of fun-loving party junkies is an epidemic. Apathy is on the rise and droves of millennials who once followed Christ are leaving the church. Huston We Have a Problem! The spiritual vitality in many churches in America today is not strong enough to stop this bleeding. In many …

You can still dunk in the dark…


At 8:48 p.m. the night of the Superbowl, Oreo tweeted this ad with the caption “Power out? No problem.” Since then, it’s been retweeted more than 14,000 times (and the same image on Facebook has gotten more than 20,000 likes) The agency behind the on-the-fly ad was 360i. And this is what they had to say about it: We had a mission control set up at our office with the brand and 360i, and when the blackout happened, the team looked at it as an opportunity An Opportunity! Boy, that should preach… According to Sarah Hofstetter, the president of 360i, “the big question is, what happens when everything changes, when you go off script?” And I will add – what do you do when life throws at you its greatest blow, it’s knock out punch – when all is dark around you? Some give up, throw in the towel, throw a pity party and sit around complaining when their darkest days hit. But I am confident that we can see our dark days as opportunities to reinvent ourselves, stay in the game, be creative and simply …

Do you need a Digital Sabbatical?


Digital Sabbatical vs Digital Lifestyle Makeover I have been hearing about what some are calling a digital sabbatical over and over for the past three to four months now and I finally want to say… IDK… this one is probably not for me. The question may be asked – What is a digital sabbatical? Some say it is  Dedicating one day a week or even a whole month away from the internet, email, twitter, and other online activities.” To others, an extended sabbatical is even more appealing (Rowdykittins) They say the main reason for a DS is to have a mind cleans, a way to reclaim your time, exercise you body, and break the online dependency. But, My problem with this concept  is simple – when the weekend, the one week, one month is over, what are they going to do about the problem that made them feel like they needed a digital sabbatical in the first place? They are  going to go right back to their same old bad habits: mindless surfing, odd hours of online gaming, …