22Oct

3.profiles: what r u linking 2 next?

Someone reads your quick bio – checks out your picture – scans a few of your posts and decides it’d be interesting to get to know you better. The all important “next” link to you is the website you direct them to in your profile. Where does that click take them?

With over a billion people engaged with different types of social media sites – how they find you and where you are leading them can make a big difference in how the relationship moves forward. The ability to post your website is a pretty standard profile feature. If you are going to influence others online, then take full advantage of the next link.

Every click advances the story of you.

It brings someone closer to your heart and ultimately to the heart of God. Faith may not be in the headline, but it is woven between the words, sentences, and paragraphs. From fly fishing to social justice the passion in you will connect to the passion in someone else. God will use that intersection if you let Him.

There’re so many possibilities!

  • Link to another social site that goes into more about you
  • Link to a place that is overt about faith, ministry, or evangelism.
  • Link to a place where a deep passion or interest resides.
  • Link to an employer’s site or a business you own.

If you have the heart to serve, meet a need, or you want people to know exactly what you can do for them this click can do it.

Whatever the next destination is – be intentional.

Even without being overt, you can still make that next point of contact a beautiful reflection of the God you serve.

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he instructs Christ followers where to set their minds, knowing that their actions follow their thoughts. It is an amazing guide for all of us.

Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-mediate on these things. The thing which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:8

NKJV

Look at the website destination you’re sending people to in your profile. How does it stack up according to the ‘whatever’ standard Paul outlines?  If you can say, “YES” to all of them, then you can stand on a big promise – the God of peace will be with you – and others will begin to find Him in you.

What surprises have you found when you took that next ‘click’ on someone’s profile?

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  • Robert

    You have to be careful about clicking those links. I have seen some vulgar websites. Twitter can be really bad. If they are like that, I block them immediately.

  • Tami Heim

    Yikes – I know what you mean. At first I did the same thing – would block them. Then one day I got convicted about it and instead I decided to simply not follow them back. I felt like maybe there might be something in my daily posts to connect them to something different – cause them to think differently.
    Most of the time they end up unfollowing me.
    That’s okay – I like leaving that decision in their court. But maybe , just maybe, some will keep on following and a seed gets planted. I am ALL IN for that possibility.

  • Robert

    Hey thanks for replying so fast. I never thought of it that way.

  • Toni

    I actually sent a viral video once that was really inspiring. It was a collage of great speakers like Martin Luther King, Ronald Regan, Kennedy, John Glen ….. but I got hasty and failed to view that last 33 seconds of the video, which had some racy footage in it. Jazzed about what I had viewed, I hit “send” pretty impulsively. Someone alerted me but it was too late to get it back. I had to apologize to about 50 people. Not a great situation to be in—not a wonderful reflection of our King. Lesson learned.

  • Tami Heim

    Toni – great point. So important to completely read and view whatever you share. Great reminder. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/GordonMarcy Gordon Marcy

    As long as there’s nothing “overt” in the picture or bio, I leave them in the stream as well. Often saying a quick prayer as I move one, asking the Lord to use something I do to influence their heart.

  • Tami Heim

    Gordon – all those prayers make a difference. Bless you.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    I try to be careful when clicking–especially if the tweets or avatar are questionable. If it’s a shortened URL, I’ll search deeper into their tweets or trust mutual followers–maybe not a great plan.

    I would have never thought about linking to another website in my profile. Great idea for someone who doesn’t have their own site.