Not long ago I signed up for Facebook social networking. I was hesitant to do so for quite a few reasons. First, I suspect, because I was already blogging, and between that and simply responding to my e-mails each day, I assumed I really didn’t have the time. Second, I had assumed that Facebook was for teenagers and college students. While a good tool to keep up with my kids and teens in our church, I didn’t see much other use for myself. And probably the biggest thing was that I didn’t want to learn anything new. To whatever degree each of these arguments resounded through my mind, I wasn’t interested.
But now that I’ve done it, now that I’ve signed on, I’ve enjoyed it. I have been amazed at the number of long-lost friendships that have been rekindled. I have found it a quick and pithy way to communicate with old friends and current church members. In that line, Facebook has proven to be a tool that helps me to informally connect with people, something that had initially prompted me to start blogging in the first place. While the first week of Facebooking occupied more time than was probably wise, the end – and present – results made it a worthwhile investment. And now I am also managing my time on it more appropriately.
All that said, today is apparently the 5th Anniverary for Facebook. And thanks to a friend, I discovered that Evangelical leader Al Mohler has offered some of his thoughts about Facebook on his blog, in a post titled: Facebook Turns Five: Thoughts on Social Networking.
I appreciate both the benefits and cautions Mohler mentions. Some of them have occured to me, and some are more developed thoughts than I have to date mustered.
Two last items:
1. Now that I’ve got used to this Facebook thing, I expect to be able to get back to more regular blog posting. I may change a few things, but I plan to make 3-5 posts each week.
2. If you have not already done so, look me up on Facebook. One can never have too many friends.