I have labeled myself as a facebook holdout. I hear others say, “Everyone is on Facebook.” Which makes me question who everyone is? Is everyone on facebook? I know lots of people are. The latest figures exceed 50 million active users. 40 billion pages are viewed daily. 11% of users are over 35 and the fastest growing demographic is the over 30 population. I think that includes me.
On February 4th, 2004 Mark Zuckerberg launched The Facebook, a social network that was at the time exclusively for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskowitz and Chris Hughes to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks. Today the social network is valued at $6 billion.
But I’m still not on facebook. I have even filled out the registration page two different times but never activated my account. I’m a holdout.
Here’s where I’m coming from. It comes down to a single issue, from my perspective. How is facebook able to save me time and enhance my ability to do effective ministry? My life is already overfilled with demands and responsibilities. I don’t need something new to take up my time. I need something that will save me time and increase effectiveness.
Meanwhile, I hear people all the time talking about this new social disease called “facebook addiction.” I don’t need another addiction. And I’m not interested in ease-dropping on the personal details of people’s everyday life. When people want me to know about something significant happening in their life they call me or email or text me. They might even do the unheard of and arrive in person. The crucial stuff already gets to me. And I’m not into fads. I don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it.
So I need your help. In fact I would like to begin a dialogue. Share with me how you think it would be a benefit for me to get on facebook when it comes to saving time and enhancing ministry. And I have to caution you. I will respond when I feel it necessary to do so. I would even like to hear from those of you who are not on facebook. Why are you holding out too?
I really do want to get on facebook but the verdict is still out on the time saving and value it can bring to my life. That’s where I need your help. Now, if I had teens I would have been one of the first ones to sign up, but I’m not there either.
So help me on this one.
Oh, I forgot to mention. I’m even reading a book on how to use facebook in ministry. Maybe that will push me over the edge.