In business school there was a term used in marketing for those who are the “firsts” to get their hands on and use latest technology–“early adopters.” Although early adopters aren’t known for being risk takers or daring, they tend to “want to be in the know.” I typically wait as long as possible before I try out or upgrade to a new product and, sometimes I’m forced to due to lack of support for the old technology. However, when it comes to socializing, Twitter and Facebook now seem to be the most popular methods of communicating. Truth be told, I’m still old school…I actually prefer sitting in someone’s company having dialogue–I’m intrigued by the verbal and non-verbal exchange. Absent that, the phone is my next means. To be able to hear the change in tone, detecting when someone is happy, sad, angry, etc. Recall Sean Parker’s quote from the movie The Social Network, “we lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet.” Live on the internet?
Facebook has its friends, Twitter has its followers–interesting choice of words. I rarely log onto Facebook, but I’m getting the gist of it. At last check, I accepted about 50 friend requests with many more yet to review. I checked the Twitter list; not because of an interest in following anyone, but to see who’s being followed. Lady Gaga leads the pack with 16.2 million followers. However, while checking out the list, something more interesting is tracked…how many people they are following. Katy Perry has 12.3 million followers, but she only follows 82 people; Kim Kardashian has 11.4 million, she’s following 155 people; and Oprah has 8.3 million followers and she follows 40 people, not million just forty! Makes me wonder, what if Jesus had an account. Of all the followers Jesus would have, how many would He be following? Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me. Christ’s Twitter following would be exclusive–only those He knows. Many will say to Him in that day Lord didn’t we prophecy in your name, and have cast out devils and done good works in thy name? His response is quite significant. Jesus says, depart from me I never knew you. This is really another way of saying, “you never knew me.” Jesus said when you know Him, He no longer calls you a servant because servants don’t know the master’s business. Instead, all that He’s heard from the Father He makes known ONLY to His friends. Are you His friend? If not, have you thought about updating your status?