*This is an edited and abbreviated re-post from 2017*
Something so simple you can do to help redeem social media?
Press like! That is it! Really!
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all have algorithms that control and influence how much a post is seen by others. While the algorithms of each site are a little different, they work on similar principles. What you like, click on, and comment about is important. Content that gets more attention ends up more prominent.
Unfortunately, the lowest common denominator can win, the banal and misleading predominating … because … that is what gets more liked and clicked, while quality and thoughtful content is ignored.
When content is seen but not liked or clicked, then it ends up not being viewed by many people. The algorithms make it obscure.
Liking, clicking, or commenting on social media posts does matter.
Due to the algorithms, it can literally decide how many others will end up seeing the post, or not.
Christians – what are you liking?
I know those who post Bible verses or thoughtful, biblically sound, Christian quotes and posts – and rarely is there a like or comment. Maybe you don’t have time to comment, but a like only takes a moment.
Imagine if more people began liking quality Christian content.
It means more people would see this content in their feed – rather than it remaining in obscurity!!
We can help redeem social media.
WISDOM is needed about what to interact with on social media. Sometimes there is a need to respond to the theologically incorrect or other falsehoods, but other times it is best to just ignore it. It seems too much of the former goes on, rather than the later! Interacting only brings more attention to the post, which is not good.
Truly, sometimes ignoring is best – the post will wither on the vine and thankfully only be seen by a handful of people as a result of the ignoring.
Which is a reminder of why it is important to actually LIKE the quality content!
To see a thoughtful, quality post -and- then not click like or leave a brief comment is to become a part of the problem of social media where the banal and misleading can predominate.