Monday, September 26, 2011

Oh no! Facebook is Charging? Come on, really?


Disclaimer: Again, if you get easily offended, please don't read. :)

Wow, what can I say?...Actually, yes I know what I can say. Did you know that this past week and weekend there was a fire on Facebook (FB)? Yep, there was a brush fire of (very) false rumors that Mark Zuckerburg was going to start charging us. To be more specific, the funny guy (or girl) who started this entire rumor (again) was so "good" they came up with different tiers of charges FB was going to charge us. Clearly, the person who started this rumor was upset with all the changes FB is implementing and wow, it sure did spread like a wildfire in the desert. This is the bogus (+ false) claim:::

FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO...IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU.PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON.

And we can't leave this other false one out:::
IT IS OFFICIAL. IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON, IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY.

Really, my friends??? First of all, if Mark wanted to start charging us, I am 99.99% sure he would make a public + official announcement at his conference just like he did about the new FB layout.

What really annoyed me about this brush fire of ignorant rumors is that it's like that in real life about real people. What do I mean? Well, sometimes when we hear rumors we are SO QUICK in telling others and we don't stop and check our facts! Am I right or AM I RIGHT? Jill comes up to us and tells us, "Did you know this, this + this about Jack?" We immediately tell Joe, Jackie, Jane, Jeremy, + John about it because we just cannot believe it! Wow! This is outrageous"...but the truth of the matter is, had we stopped for a moment to ask Jack if this was true, the rumor would have stopped right then + there! The same goes with FB...Do you know how many lonely people (or those who do not have anything better to do) sit behind their computers thinking of ways to spread viral rumors/viruses on FB? We've seen the video of Bin Laden's murder (really people??), video of Justin Beiber getting shot (come on folks), click here to see what friends have deleted you (really?), and the list goes on.

I saw a couple great (+ provocative) rebuttals to the false claims about the FB charges on my friend's status updates but my favorite was the following:::
"Hello people! FB is not going to be charging!
If we only spread the Gospel as quickly as we spread rumors... we would be in heaven already."
--Pastor Javier Navarrete
What is Pastor Javier talking about exactly? He is referring to Matthew 24:14 which states, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Can you imagine the gospel being spread as fast as this latest rumor did? How powerful, true, + effective would that be??! Pr. Javier has an amazing point. Maybe one of us should spread this truth on FB + see if it spreads like a wildfire! Wouldn't that be amazing?

So, my friend, the next time you see a questionable statement on FB or ANYWHERE else for that matter, take these steps::

1) Confront the source (aka: research and/or go straight to the person it's about)
2) Ignore the rumor (It's always better to ignore the rumor then to keep spreading it)
3) Don't encourage it (Don't add to the already lit fire)

Simple, eh? Also, the next time you are bored and want to create a viral anything on FB or any other social media site, pick something meaningful. Talk about Jesus' soon return, a good cause (like breast cancer awareness, other causes + things that will help our community), just anything but vicious lies + false rumors. Deal? Awesome.

Let's remember the words of Proverbs 26:20 – “Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.” (NIV)

Be blessed.

XoXo,

Nissy



3 comments:

  1. Maybe we should all jump on the G+ wagon! LOL
    On a serious note...this post cannot be more true. It is sad to see people get excited about something like this but not the gospel. I see many people on FB update their profiles to only spread things like this or post an update on their affiliation to their favorite soccer team. As Javier says...if only it were the gospel we are spreading like this, we would be in Heaven!

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  2. I thought the rumors were so outrageous, they seemed entirely bogus. I can't believe how many people believed them. I also can't believe how many people open up spam when it reads, YOU'VE JUST WON A NEW 50" FLAT SCREEN TV, or people who wire money to hackers. People believe all kinds of nonsense, but have a hard time believing in Jesus. I can't understand it, but I know that I have to do my part to spread the gospel. I like the changes you've made on your site :-).

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