All of this week I am leading music for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Carlisle Free Church. Yes, that’s in addition to working full-time, writing a new blog post every day and finishing up a worship leading course.
For the last several years I have written the music for VBS. At the end of every night a couple hundred kids and my band get to rock out. It’s a cool experience for the adults and the children. The theme this year is all about ‘taming your tongue’.
There have been some really good points that I want to share with you.
Social media has made everyone and everything we say so much more amplified. There are blog posts on what to say and what not to say. What to tweet at work and what never to put on Facebook.
Before social networking and blogging came into our lives face-to-face interactions was the norm. If you wanted to talk seriously you would talk face-to-face. You could be ‘taken’ the wrong way on the telephone.
But even when face-to-face we might read each other the wrong way. Depending on your look or the tone of your voice, “I know” could come across as “I KNOW YOU IDIOT!” or “oh yeah, I know, thanks.”
Given that social media has no face-to-face and how easy it is to type something nasty here are 5 tips for taming your social media tongues.
Five tips for taming your social media tongue
1. Never push send, tweet, post, etc when you are angry. Move on and come back to it later.
2. Say NINE positive things before you share a constructive criticism.
3. Be positive and encourage. People hang out in social circles online to get away from the hum-drum negatives in life.
4. If you have a rant save it for a blog post. Type it up and save it for later. Don’t post it. Review it in a day or two.
5. Don’t just live in the now. I’m not suggesting that you live in the future or past. I’m suggesting that you consider how your actions now will affect your future.
I had a friend’s brother that tested to see if “they” were really watching what was being said on the Internet. He posted a bomb threat in an anonymous news group. Long story short, he went to prison for a few years. All because of ONE line of text. ONE sentence. Wow, I bet he wishes he could redo that 10 seconds of his life.
Best advice: think before you speak, tweet or post.