Hey, Wondercafers, fbfriends, tweeps, foursquare-followers, linked-in-links, orkut (etc., etc., etc.) -
Over the past few months, I've taken part in a number of UCCan workshops and events where "social media" has been part of the conversation. We've had ministers who have been told to put away their phones mid-tweet, a GCExec meeting discussing the appropriateness of posting during the meeting, and congregations trying to figure out if their minister posting during work hours is simply frittering away the congregation's time.
A few weeks ago, one of the Conferences of our United Methodist sibs started to require all of its seminarians and ministry personnel to allow their Conference to follow all of their social media posts, to ensure doctrinal and communal appropriateness.
One of the things that often happens in the church is that the people who are doing the stuff aren't always the ones who get to create the guidelines around its use. Now, I haven't heard if The UCCan has anyone working on Social Media Policy or Guidelines for ministry-types... but I'll bet someone is thinking about it, somewhere.
I though that those of us who are actually immersed in various forms of social media might try and put together something that we could share with the church.
So I created a wiki for discussion and communal writing. You'll find it at: http://richardbott.com/wiki/doku.php?id=social_media_guidelines:start (I'm sorry that you need to register for a password, but it's the only way I've found to keep spam from being posted. When you get to the page, click on the 'Login' link at the upper right corner, register... and then start writing.)
Please share this invitation any UCCan social media users you know. Let's see what we can come up with!