So, after months of saying I was going to do it, I've finally set-up my very own FACEBOOK profile page. I suspect I'm one of the oldest persons to use this web service, as it was originally designed as a "my space" clone for high school and college students. Open to any and all interested users now, the site allows you to post pics and messages and stay in contact with other people. When I learned that my youth (and most of the college students in my campus ministry group) spend all their time on this site, and are much more interested in looking at messages posted to their Facebook page than they are to regular ol' emails, I decided it was time to take the plunge. After getting over their initial shock that their semi-elderly youth minister was now privy to everything they were posting on their Facebook pages, the young'ns concluded that it was kind of cool to be able to stay in contact with me this way.
I have discovered that I can get a response from them about ten times as fast just by posting to their profile page rather than sending them an email they will look at 5 days too late. I can also post photos from youth events and announcements about upcoming activities so it also functions as a youth group website of sorts. I particularly like the confidentiality of the site. You are not allowed to see someone's profile and posted info unless they are willing to add you as a "friend." All in all, it's an effective way to stay in touch with the youth. Now...if I could just get them to come to Sunday school!