I don’t mean to sound sacrilegious at all. But have you thought about how you can use your social networking to the glory of God? After all, if everything we do is meant to bring God glory, why should spending time on Facebook be any different?
As a matter of fact, there are many ways you can Facebook well. By understanding a bit more about how Facebook works, you will be better equipped to use your social network for the glory of God! To do things like share content from the church’s page or invite your friends to like a Christian organization. (And with any social sharing, keep in mind your privacy settings!)
Here’s a quick overview of how Facebook interaction works:
When you like a Facebook status, take one that Grace Community shares for an instance, it shows your friends that you’re interested in something. A story appears on your timeline and may appear in News Feed – depending on your privacy settings – which will spread the word with friends. It’s like saying “Hey! Look at what I’m looking at!
A comment is another way to show that you want to engage with content, but usually in a more substantial way. When you comment on a post, it means that you want to do more than ‘like’ the post – it means you want to share your own thoughts on the subject.
Sharing a Facebook page’s content – like a picture or a video – will allow your friends to see that content also. It is a really effective way to get the word out! It is particularly effective because your network can see the original source of the post, which may encourage them to follow that page or person also.
When you tag other people in a Facebook status update, that tag instantly creates a link to your friend’s timeline – which means your friends and their friends can see the content. For example, you could share something that happened at Grace Community Church and tag fellow members.
5. Check In
When you ‘check in’ you easily share where you are in the neighborhood. In our case, it lets people know where Grace Community Church is and that GCC is a great place to be!
Another trick that you can use to maximize your Facebook posts is to utilize hashtags. A hashtag trends content. In other words, keeps an easy to find record of relevant posts. So if you wanted to post a quote from Sunday’s sermon, you could write the post and use a few hashtags like #church or #Sunday – that will provide more visibility for your content.
Here’s an example of what it looks like when you share content from a page and, in this case, I used a few hashtags!
I hope this little intro to the basic features of Facebook sharing has been helpful. Looking forward to connecting with you on the Interwebs in the near future!