Beatitudes of social media. Kind of using the beatitudes and using social media, today technology to it. This could be a very helpful list on using social media responsibly.
Beatitudes of Social Media
The complied list of Beatitudes of Social Media came from two sites. Those two sites are listed below in the source list at the end of this blog post.
Blessed are those that tweet unto others as you would have tweeted unto you.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31) Before you post, put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Basically think before you post, just like think before you speak!
Blessed are those who use an inner GPS.
God promises to bless those who walk in integrity (Psalms 84:11). We encourage people to create an inner GPS and ask three questions before saying or doing anything.
Does this decision show respect for:
Check out this blog post on talking to your GPS.
How about this acronym for GPS?
Blessed are those that converse in real time what they want said and posted in cyberspace.
Have a conversation with those you love about what posts, photos, and content they are comfortable having you share on your account or posting to their’s. Everyone’s comfort level and privacy level is different.
Blessed are those that learn the tools of the trade.
Pictures posted should be ones that would protect and honor another’s image. From the moment a post or photo goes viral, it is live and it may never be recoverable no matter how quickly you delete it. I like to say,“To err is human, but to hit delete is divine.” If you do make a mistake, quickly delete, and let others know who might be impacted.
Blessed are those who are savvy, “If it looks like a hack, moves like a hack, it must be a hack.”
If you happen to click on something you think is from a friend or trusted source and it is not, quickly change your password, then alert those that were impacted.
Blessed are those that use discernment and Direct Message:
If you are going to say anything at all private, use the “off the public path” Direct Message on Twitter, Send a Message on Facebook, or better yet, text to his or her phone, email or call. The general rule: The more important, volatile or intimate the message, the more it should be given in person or at least with a phone call, voice to voice. The nuances of emotions are not carried well through electronic methodology.
Blessed are those that build and bless with words.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 enlightens us to the type of words to select: encourage one another and build up one another. Erin Bury, Sprouter community manager, advises, “Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.”
Blessed are those who bring good news.
Isaiah 52:7 reminds us,“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”
Blessed are those who are “iron sharpening iron.”
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Social media is the new “talk radio” or public square of opinion.
Check out this blog post on iron sharpening iron.
Blessed are those that post using icons and characters reasonably.
DO NOT POST EVERYTHING IN ALL CAPS OR PEOPLE WILL THINK YOU ARE YELLING. And every statement you make does not need a “:)” after it.
Blessed are those that share humor and levity.
Proverbs 17:22 reminds us, “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing . . .” To give a blessing in the Old Testament meant to give a set of words “to speak well of another person” or “to provide with power for success or prosperity.” Be a blessing on and offline. See more about this 17th Chapter of Proverb.
Blessed are those who Like, they and their organization shall be liked.
Logistical Note: This can only be done via your laptop or desktop computer. For a page you want to like as your Church Page, right click over the “three dot photo” on the far right of the pages cover photo and select the option to “Like as your page.”
If you’re going to like a photo, status, link or event – you’ll need to select who you’re liking by clicking on the small image on the right side of the item you wish to like and change who you like from there – specifically for that event.
Blessed are those who respond to comments and messages on Facebook, for they shall be considered responsive.
Thoughtful, appropriate comments are always great! Jokes that need an explanation just don’t work, so don’t waste your time.
Blessed are those who regularly post, for they shall inherit engagement.
But remember – it’s got to be part of the plan – too much and you’ll get blocked!
Blessed are those who take photos for Facebook and Instagram, for they get the picture.
Be sure parishioners in the photo are ok with having their image posted in social media.
Blessed are those who Tweet relevant content, for they shall receive retweeted.
I know they’re important, but 10 individual tweets of each of the 10 Commandments has been done, many times before… just saying.
Blessed are those who utilize Facebook live during a Sunday morning service, for they shall be considered not-dead.
Be sure the person who does this uses a stand for the device they’re going live. Save people the trouble of purchasing motion-sickness pills.
Blessed are those who create events on the church Facebook page, for those events will be remembered and attended.
Even if you’re not getting a ton of RSVP’s – it will show up in the notifications of those who follow your page – it’s like the weekly bulletin you can’t throw away!
Blessed is the Pastor, who encourages check-in’s on a Sunday Morning, for he challenges people to virtually open the doors to their network in a very real way.
Not everyone will do this, but some will – and that helps boost the organic reach your page has!
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Do you know any more Beatitudes of Social Media that I can add to the list?
If so, please feel free to share them in the comments!