In March, I will have the privilege of exploring some of those questions in a presentation at BibleTech: 2011 in Seattle. Here is the abstract for my presentation:
In this presentation, we’ll look closely at the presence of the Bible on Facebook, especially through Pages. We’ll look at the opportunities, limitations, and challenges posed by engaging people with the Scriptures in this medium. I’ll explore some of the more popular Bible-centered pages on Facebook and discuss the different ways that they are engaging the text and mention patterns that emerge.
I manage the page for the New Living Translation, and I will be sharing some specific, detailed data from that page. I will share trends, statistical analysis, and anecdotal observations from the different ways people respond to different kinds of Scriptural and Bible-related content. I will also offer some reflections on the theology behind the phenomenon of sharing the Bible on Facebook—both the theological implications of using the Bible in this medium, and the theological approach that is often exhibited in actual posts and interactions. How can we ensure that the Bible is influencing people through Facebook, rather than allowing Facebook to influence how we are interacting with the Bible?
Better yet, why don’t you join me at the conference! If you are at all interested in the intersection between the Bible and technology, you won’t be disappointed. This will be my third year in attendance, and I’ve learned a ton each year–but more importantly, I’ve met a lot of cool people. I’d love to meet you there this year.