August 19, 2016

How I Use Social Media

Social media platforms come and go and as their popularity waxes and wanes I normally follow the crowd. Jesus went to where the people were and today, they are on social media platforms a good portion of the time.

Below are a list of social media platforms I use and what I use them for. I don’t use every popular platform because some I can’t figure out (looking at you Snapchat), and others revolve around a culture I could never fit into.

That being said here is the list:


facebook:

Facebook is the public square. For much of the world facebook is still the king of social media. What’s interesting is that my teenage children have no interest in it.

I use facebook for things I would say in a public place.

  • Where the family is vacationing
  • Where the wife and I are having a date
  • Theological thoughts I would say from the platform
  • Encouraging messages
  • Links to things I write

Crazy how pastors get hyper critical with other pastors and hyper grace with their favorite political party.

Posted by Carl Thomas on Thursday, August 18, 2016

 

I just looked, I have almost 1,700 friends and 257 followers on facebook (it says I have 97 friend requests right now). Very, very few show up in my feed. I limit my feed to either friends who are living for God (don’t post crazy stuff) or people I admire and don’t constantly post links to their “ministry resources.” I am probably the most active there because it has the widest broadcast. Everything I post here also goes to Twitter.

Most likely to follow: People I live life / worship with, ministries and organizations I regularly interact with.
Most likely to unfollow: Angry people. Slanderous people. Anyone posting unclean pics. People I don’t ever see in real life.
Number I follow / Number of friends:  40? / 1,695 + 257

My profile: https://www.facebook.com/pastorcarl
Revival Life Church page: https://www.facebook.com/RLCRevivalLifeChurch/

Twitter

Twitter is like a newspaper and I have gone through seasons with the site before finally making my peace with it. Right now I see very little conversation and more broadcasting. That means you better follow folks you don’t mind reading and have no expectation of feedback.

I post and follow more sports stuff here than on facebook (CyclingHub, Ray Maker, Ira Winderman). I also follow reporters, politicians, ministers, and some folks I know in real life. I unfollow some folks in facebook but follow them here. It keeps my fb feed fresh. The limitation of tweets keeps the posts compact there.

Additionally I purposefully follow some folks. I follow Religion News because that is the line of work I am in. I follow Terrormonitor.org because it keeps the persecuted church before my eyes and it reminds me that there are people with real problems out there.

Everything that gets posted to facebook gets posted to Twitter but not everything posted to Twitter goes to facebook.

Most likely to follow: 2 categories 1) People I know in real life posting interesting info not posted to facebook. 2) People who post about things I am interested in.
Most likely to unfollow: folks I don’t find interesting. (it’s not you, it’s me)
Following / Followers : 70 / 474

My profile: https://twitter.com/carlthomas

Instagram

Facebook is the public square. Twitter is the newspaper. Instagram is a friendly chat around the water cooler.

This is where I post the most. I post gardening stuff, pics from workouts, family snapshots here. Unlike the other sites, Insta makes me happy.

Thursday Starbucks tradition with the girl.

A photo posted by Carl Thomas (@_carlthomas) on

Everything that gets posted to Instagram goes to Twitter. I only crosspost some things to facebook.

Most likely to follow: People in my immediate circle, or an athletic folks that inspire to move my body.
Most likely to unfollow: Folks I don’t know, stop coming around, or if their pics get “colorful.”
Following / Followers: 85 / 371

My profile: https://www.instagram.com/_carlthomas

Strava

Strava is a social media platform built around cycling but now includes running and swimming. All my workouts go here. I only follow people I know in real life (shout out to circuit riders), do group rides with (shout out to ZMotion Camp Cove) or one or two professional athletes.

I have been pretty inactive here for the last month as I fought some illness but I am back at it!

Most likely to follow: Folks I ride with and exercise regularly
Most likely to unfollow: People who stop working out / move away / post pics of something other than workouts.
Following / Followers: 36 / 42

My profile: https://www.strava.com/athletes/9591331

Other Sites

YouTube: The profile I post to has all the videos hidden because they are for a specific audience. I have old channels but I don’t even think I use them. I still follow folks on YouTube but there is nothing social about it. However the church uses it extensively.
RLC Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RevivalLifeChurchTV

Snapchat: I have it, have a really hard time remembering how to use it. I only check my daughter’s snaps cause she is so funny. Would not even know how to give you a link.

Pinterest: I use this as a shopping list at times. I haven’t used it in a very long time.
My profile: https://www.pinterest.com/revivallife/

LinkedIn: Don’t use it. Please don’t send me requests.

flicker: All my Instagram pics automatically get copied here. I never go there.

Vine: Nope

VK: I don’t go to Europe much but you never know.
My profile: https://vk.com/carlthomas

I use various forums for hobbies and interests. Way to many to list.

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