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all 3 of those don't have the perspective that christ followers do: that planting seeds, even one amidst the 100,000,000 followers might be exactly what is needed and be the "one" that rooted itself instead of being forgotten.

if we could only learn to "do" social media better and redeem the use and technology for the Kingdom.

God is doing things online but it's alot harder to see than a lot of things out there.

I nearly peed my pants when I read "to God be the Glory" after the words "sock puppet."

//TC//

"What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men -- men of prayer." -E. M. Bounds

Bounds is as right today as he was when he wrote this. Whether it be Twitter (for now) or Facebook or blogs or any other method (eg. standing in the Jordan River some distance from Jerusalem preaching repentance and baptizing people), if we pray and if God is in it, then stand back and watch him work.

John the Baptizer's ministry could be described as a flash in the pan, here today gone tomorrow, a passing fad...his 15 minutes of fame. But what a 15 minutes it was in God's hands!

JOHN: I believe you have a point - of course we should always see the potential in anything we let lose online or in public - God can use anything in a moment for his purposes. BUT BEN is helping us see that too often we think our blog stats or retweets are changing the world - and even worse, we boast about them way too much.

DAVID:

(I feel like i'm yelling at you).

I agree. it's not perfect, but that is what makes it fun.

i like a good shouting match =)

Good post. I wouldn't kill myself over a post either. As much as I love Gladwell I think he's completely off base. Look at Haiti and Twitter. That changed and is changing a lot of things for Haitians. Fast Company might be right too, but if we were supposed to remember every tweet then politicians should shut up, because we usually forget what they say in 60 seconds and yet I almost have Theodore Roosevelt's "The Man in the Arena" speech memorized and he didn't even have Twitter.

Finally, I prayed and felt the Holy Spirit tell me to be different and use "machines" (twitter, facebook, blog, multimedia, etc.) so I guess God can use machines in the hands of his followers.

By the way, I think the "top lists" are a joke. I took one of these lists the other day and perused through. Some of the bloggers haven't posted in months! How does that work?? Weird.

//TC//

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