Eugene Cho

facebook and listen to your wife

Social networking seems to be all the rage [click image below].  Email and blogging have provided plenty of connection for me which is why I’ve been slow to get on the social networking bandwagon.  But two months ago, I sold out and joined Facebook.

And after two months of using Facebook, I’m a fan.  While I don’t fully understand all the features and still get weirded out seeing what others are adding, removing, who’s friends with who, and blah blah blah, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.

What I’m most impressed by include:

  1. Only “friends” get to access any private information, pics and such.  This is important feature to me.
  2. You add certain ’causes’ to your profile and use this as a platform to help spread the word on causes that mean something to you.
  3. It takes a little work but it’s been good to find a handful of friends from the past.  Cool to figure out what they’re up to.
  4. Applications galore.  Maybe too much.
  5. The mobile access.

As a pastor, I’ve very much enjoyed using Facebook to remain connected or to build connections with some of our church community.  For example, we have nearly 150 college students at Quest and truth be told, it is immensely difficult to remember their names and their stories.  If I even have the chance, I ask the same questions every week:  “What’s your name? Where do you study?  What do you study?”  They’re probably sick of answering the same questions week after week.  Facebook has given me a venue – without embarrassing myself or hurting people’s feelings – to learn more about folks.  I highly recommend it – as long as you don’t become an addict.

And while we’re talking about social networking, let me plug a new SN website started by a married couple at our church.  It is smartly called ListenToYourWife.com.  Umm, it’s pretty self explanatory.  Check it out.  My secret agenda is that their site grows so that they sell it Murdoch for 1.8 billions dollars and give a big chunk to the church. 

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4 Responses

  1. gar says:

    “ListenToYourWife”… haha, that’s a pretty clever name. I wonder if my wife will join?

    And yeah, FB is definitely an interesting site. Much better done than MySpace IMO.

  2. I agree. I love Facebook. The ease of use and the tools it offers is amazing. You can write messages, notes, share videos and pictures and audio, all from one place.It is an awesome way to stay connected.
    If you haven’t already, you might consider making a Facebook Group for your church. You could spread news of events and send messages to all the church people at once. As well as post videos and pictures and discussion boards.

  3. Blake says:

    A Possible Scenario From The Year 2010:

    Me: Hi. My name is Blake and I have a problem.
    Everyone Else: Hi Blake.
    Me: *Starts *Sobbing* My problem is that I’m addicted to Facebook. I can’t get enough of it, feeling the need to give a play-by-play of my day on my status. It’s my homepage on my 4th generation iPhone and I’m always checking it. My family hasn’t seen me in person in days, even taking to messaging me online to talk to me. I can’t remember the last time I showered. It’s a real problem and I want to quit.
    Everyone Else: We’re here for you? Blake. You can do it.
    *Group Hug*

    Haha. Lord help us if this scenario becomes common. 😉

  4. Lon says:

    awesome, yes, facebook rocks. it’s the first social network i think i’ll actually stick around for a good while with. thansk for the wife site too. haha…

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