Been super busy this week. I’m also taking a bit of a breather on the blog as I’m going to be amping up my blogging significantly beginning on June 1.
But I did want to drop a shout-out to the great folks in Minnesota and Indiana who attended Social Phonics Boot Camps yesterday and today. Below are a couple images of the day, from the incomparable Courtney Perry. We’ve added five Coaches to the Social Phonics team, and we’re booking Boot Camps for Fall 2011 and Winter 2012, so please drop me a line if you’d like to host one.
Not Enough Social to Go Around
The relationships among the undergraduates in Beck’s research were not formed on Facebook, they were enriched by students’ continued digital contact. The problem with regard to churches and other religious communities (and we see this over and over again with Facebook group pages whose only visitors are the minister and the technophile parishioner who championed the church’s foray into the digital domain) seems to be that there’s not enough social to go around.
That is, if church were, indeed, a robustly social experience, Facebook would enrich and extend that experience, enhancing week-to-week retention through ongoing conversation with valued friends—just as it appears to do with undergraduates moving from the first to the second year of college. Thin connections in face-to-face settings are not magically transformed by technology.
In fact, this very point was made by Mike Baughman at the Social Phonics Boot Camp last week in Dallas, when he challenged the group about how Facebook is actually picking up where the church dropped the ball.
Over at Social Phonics, we put up five posts this week — they were sent to us by an anonymous hacker who’d like church folks to better protect themselves online. I’m pretty up on this stuff, and I learned something in every one of these posts. I encourage you to check them out:
- Part One – General Overview
- Part Two – General Tips
- Part Three – Social Networking
- Part Four – Banking and Shopping
- Part Five – Privacy
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