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Six Good Rules for Facebook IM and Email

Facebook operates in the sound-bite and has inherent weaknesses.

IM,  Texting, and email fall into the Facebook category as well.  Without visual and audio feedback and expression, almost nothing in these delivery systems can be interpreted with any reliability.  I try to use these guidelines when using Facebook (they are good for real relationships as well):

  • Always assume the best when people write something.
  • Always stay positive and encouraging (Prov. 12:25).
  • Always reply with a soft answer when it sounds like someone is upset (Prov. 15:1).
  • Always go the extra mile to apologize when something is misunderstood.
  • Stay out of other peoples quarrels or you may get bit (Prov. 26:17).
  • Follow up in person if there are any misunderstandings.

Seems like Proverb 30:33 is a good one to think about:

For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.”

Do you have any guardrails that keep you out of the Facebook road ditch?

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  1. Ken England
    January 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Thanks Pastor,
    This helps me under stand a lot more

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