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Three Rules of Social Media

Thomas Whitley

Yesterday me, Trinity, Christina, and Sam made up a panel discussion on Social Networking and Religion at the CBFNC General Assembly. There was some great discussion and we talked at length about how social media has meaningfully impacted our personal and corporate spiritual lives. It really was a good discussion. At the end one of the audience members asked us for "three rules for social media." Without blinking Sam came up with three simple, yet profound rules for social media:

  1. Authenticity
  2. Trust
  3. Curation

Authenticity of course means to be real and genuine. Your authenticity then leads to a relationship of trust; your readers/followers/friends trust you because they "know" you in a very real sense. From that point you are able to be a curator for them, pointing others to resources that are worth their time. Because you have been authentic and taken the time to build the trust of your community they allow you to curate for them. You in turn allow others to curate for you.

I recently shared some blogging tips of my own, but I think I prefer Sam's because they lead so well into each other and see the very real need for curation in our online lives.

Sorry, Sam, if I have stolen your thunder a bit with these three rules.