I have taken to hashtagging my tweets having to do with the Church and Social Media with #churchsocial. While this may conjure up images of Ice Cream Socials or the Ladyâ€™s Tea Guild, or even the Church lady, I was aiming for a quick identifiable tag to mark off a â€œroomâ€ for tweets about or of interest to people in the church or church organizations re: Social Media.
I have taken to blogging on the topic quite a bit, having been forced to contemplate my role with the larger Body of Christ as an enabler of â€œNew Media Communicationsâ€, which was my Web site name in the pre-blog days. I have , for the past 18 years, been watching, playing,learning, and envisioning how the church might be present and be conversant users of the tools.
I have allowed myself to become , what for me, is tantamount to complacency. I have stood by with relative standby-ishness (not a real word, I know), as the world of Social Media has gotten itself a new name (â€œSocial Mediaâ€ or â€œSocial Media Networkingâ€ is that name), as it has evolved from what was once dominated by the newness of blogs and RSS, into a more complete , expansive set of tools. As this scenario grows, so do the opportunities.
My status as â€œFree Agentâ€ begins a week from last night. After I leave work Friday, I will no longer be employed full time. But Iâ€™m not letting that stop me. I have been given a shove into the unknown, but I have my call, and so now I have the rather exciting task of dreaming as if there are no boundaries. Envisioning how to â€œmake my own gameâ€ as Chris Brogan and Julien Smith say in Trust Agents.
Believing myself to be called as I do to helping/enabling the church to think and act theologically as well as technologically, I have a specific call now to begin to look at this , piece by piece, and help the church think about what kind of a community it is, and what tools can do what to extend/enhance that community.
Along these lines, are there existing â€œcommunal streamsâ€ on Twitter (aka hashtags) that also focus on such things?