April 7, 2009

Social Media

Filed under: marketing,Media,parenting,Parents,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 6:49 pm

Social Media is everywhere.  Just a few (3?) years ago I led a parenting class on What is myspace & facebook? The room was packed w/ parents (& grandparents) who the vast majority are now on facebook.

Twitter seems to be the hot thing right now.  Blake was the 1st person that I knew to join.  He invited me to do the same over a year ago.  I thought it twitter was weird & never catch on.  Now you can follow me @neiltullos.  In the past week I’ve heard it mentioned on The Today Show, Sports Center, CNN, Mike & Mike (& just about every other ESPN show).  Businesses, conferences, & even some churches are twittering. You can even follow The_Real_Shaq.

So, what’s the deal w/ social media.  People like to be connected.

I’ve been @ fbcj for 1 week & have gained about 200 new facebook friends (friend me here) from teens & parents.  One of the 1st things I did when I started was to send a friend request to every teen that attends here.  We met before we ever saw each other.

This article from USA Today should stop parents from worrying so much (or no more than they worry about who their teen is hanging out w/) about social media.

I fully believe that facebook will disappear (way too many old people like me on there for it to stay cool) within the next 2 years.  I’m still not sure that twitter will ever catch on w/ teens.  However, something will & it like twitter will be driven by cell phones rather than a computer.

What to take away? People like to connect w/ other people.  For ministries we should leverage whatever is useful to spread the Gospel.  Especially, if it allows us to connect w/ an unlimited audience for $0.




  1. I remember telling you that you should get on twitter and you were afraid the Clinton folk would think you were weird! Haha.

    I only know a few teenagers on Twitter. And they’re like 18 or 19 now. Sorta surprised it’s not caught on in the teen world.

    Comment by Blake — April 8, 2009 @ 11:30 am

  2. I think Twitter spread too fast among adults & the news/entertainment industry to appeal to teens.

    The next big thing seldom/never starts w/ adults and moves to teens. It starts w/ teens & moves to adults.

    Comment by Neil — April 9, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

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