Don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of all things social media. It saved my ever lovin’ hiney in the NICU, being able to virtually connect with mothers around the country who helped carry our cross. But, as part of the Lenten sacrifice this year, I gave up Facebook for the second year in a row. Last year, I also gave up Twitter but it just wasn’t that into me. HA. It was well before the Pinterest craze, so I was definitely off the grid except for blogging and emailing.
It was wonderful.
This year, I decided to just give up FB and then participate in my 40 Bags for 40 Days project (more on that later this week). I have loved every minute. And here’s why:
TOP TEN: WHY I *HEART* TWITTER
1. There are many people that inspire me, but it would be bad form to “friend” them on FB, stalker-ish even. But on Twitter it’s completely socially acceptable.
2. You can avoid (most of) the drama and stick to things you really care about. Don’t like someone’s tweet? Unfollow them. It’s not nearly as personal as it is on Facebook.
3. There seems to be a lot less drama and a lot more funny on Twitter.
4. You’re limited to the 140 character limit. Praise the Lord for non-chatty tweets. Spit it out quickly or don’t tweet it.
5. For me, I feel like I can put a little bit more of my real self out there. On Facebook, I’m sometimes worry that I’m going to really offend someone with an article I link to, but on Twitter I feel a bit more liberated. I’m not sure why that is, but I like it.
6. I’ve connected to people I would’ve never met otherwise. On the blog I can certainly get to know you if you’re a total stranger, but it takes a bit more digging. On Twitter, if I like what I see, it’s only a quick scroll through past tweets, a perusal of your links and a glance at your profile description and I get a better idea of who you are and what you value.
7. Did I mention I don’t miss the drama?
8. It’s an amazing intersection of interaction, news, faith, camaraderie and humor all rolled into one. I must say, it’s pretty cool to be watching something on TV or experiencing something in real time and sharing it with hundreds of people. We have a need to feel connected and I am loving some of the new people I’ve “met” this Lent.
9. I have found a pretty awesome network of #cathsorority women on Twitter. They are funny, yo. And, they are my kind of women. To quote one, “she likes her Sacraments Catholic and her beer cold.” I told you there were some awesome people on there. The hashtags make following people with similar interests much easier, like #catholic, #preemie, #aggies or #drpepper. You know, just as a few examples. I’m helpful like that.
10. I have found myself being more inspired this Lent via Twitter than I ever have on Facebook. Let me explain. You can set up “lists” and follow certain people more closely than others. There are some folks on there that have linked to some amazing blog posts, books, articles and literature out there. It has been incredible for opening up my heart and allowing me to see how God works in others lives. In a word: inspirational. I believe this is what B16 had in mind when he told people to embrace social media. Use it for good, to bring others to Christ.
There’s no doubt I will log back on Facebook (actually, I already have). The perspective is different this year, and for the better. Thank you, God, for leading me toward a culture of support as a Catholic mom. We all need a Simon, don’t we?