Perhaps this is because it is new, but then again perhaps it is because it has opened a new spectrum of networking to me. After my initial post Eutony made these comments an erudite argument I won’t try to repeat here.
You see I came to Twitter with a Facebook mindset. The more I have used Twitter over the past few weeks the more I have realised it’s strengths, how much fun it can be and the different way it connects me to others.
I have now realised how different the two sites are and that to critique them with the same value system just doesn’t work. The vast majority of the people I follow on Twitter and those who follow me are not friends or even people I have met. Yet we network in ways that would not be possible without Twitter. In contrast everyone I know via Facebook is a friend or acquaintance I have met at least once or know through other ways. As James put so well – they are very different forms of networking, both have their merits, but both are great ways to communicate.
My apologies Mr Twitter I had you all wrong.
Which leads me on to something I did this morning on Twitter. For the first time I blocked a user that was following me (OK I’ve blocked a few spammers, but this one was a genuine user).
I won’t mention their username here, but it was one that made plain a position on faith that I would not agree with. That in itself is no reason to block someone and indeed is probably against some twitt-equette code, many of the people I follow would not agree with my faith and vice versa. However when I looked at this users posts, I found them not just an atheist, but rampantly so. To me their posts were offensive and particularly anti-Christian.
Now again, I had no compulsion to follow this person, so perhaps I need not have blocked them, after all I am not afraid of the argument I can defend my faith against critics and I do not live in some psuedo-Christian bubble where I can only be friends with those who agree with my world-view. Yet I felt a certain dis-trust about this individual following my tweets.
Perhaps this is unfair. perhaps I have denied this person the opportunity to see something of my faith through the tweets I make.
I don’t know. I wonder if blocking was the right thing to do?
What am I saying about my own faith, what am I saying about how I interact with other particularly those who do not believe?
As you can tell I am still unsure whether I did the right thing. Answers on a postcard….