My life in 140 characters or less…
Posted by matreames
I have many friends, many followers, and a few people I actually know. Welcome to the world of Social Media. On facebook I have about 608 “Friends” and on Twitter I have about 1000 followers. However, how many of these are people I contact regularly? How often do we get together? How often do we share life together?
This is the question I have been contemplating. Last Sunday I met @russhutto in person for the first time. Russ and I have ‘known’ each other for a few years thanks to a website for worship leaders called, The Worship Community. However this was just an online knowledge and really didn’t have much basis in fact. We followed one another on twitter and had the facebook friendship, but this was still a man I had never met. I never actually spoke to him orally.
As we sat and ate chicken, we regaled each other with stories of what God has been doing in our lives and saying to us. But there was one thing Russ said to me that really hit a chord with me. He said, “Mat, I love reading this things God is doing through you, on twitter.” In other words, he actually read my tweets and followed my story.
but what was that story. If you only read my twitter, or saw my facebook, what kind of tale would you be reading? This is a chilling thought to me. Because if you see me at church, you might view me one way, because you always see me in a spiritual environment. However my tweets come at all different times, for different reasons.
If you followed me on twitter would you see the same person you see on a Friday night or a Sunday morning? I think my twitter may be a more accurate assessment of who I am than many other windows into my life. It has caused me to really evaluate who I am and how I live.
What about you, if people judged your life solely on your social media, who would you be? Would you be the kind of person you would want to follow? Are you someone who is actually worth following?
P.S. Having met Russ in person, I can say he is a great guy, and in real life he is the same person he appears to be on line. I hope the same could be said of me.