Last night I was with my friend, Jon Acuff. The guy truly amazes me. I don’t know anyone who can be as consistently funny online and make fun of so many people (including me) without being a jerk. It’s a true gift.
He recently wrote an article for Relevant Magazine which he’s uniquely qualified to write entitled “How To Not Be a Jerk Online.” Here’s a snippet of his points, but you should CLICK HERE and read the entire article.
1. Don’t publicly announce you’re unfollowing someone on Twitter.
This is the middle finger of Twitter. The person who you are unfollowing gets punched in the face and you look far more spiteful than you really intend.
2. Don’t argue with someone anonymously.
I once heard a pastor say that “hate mail that’s signed by nobody is worth nothing.” He’s right. If you’ve got a strong opinion about something someone else did or said or wrote online, don’t be a coward.
3. Don’t be someone else online.
We’ll tweet things we’d never say to someone’s face. We’ll comment on Facebook statuses in ways we’d never do in “real life.” We’ll push buttons and pick fights on comment threads and message boards. We’ll gossip and tear down people as if maybe “Love your neighbor” actually says, “Love your neighbor, except if you’re online.”
4. Don’t Jesus Juke
What’s that? A Jesus Juke is an idea I came up with to describe the moment when you’re having a normal conversation and someone jukes in some Jesus out of nowhere. For example, I once tweeted that I was at the Conan O’Brien live tour and it was sold out. Someone responded, “If we held a concert for Jesus and gave away free tickets, no one would come.” Sad trumpet, whaaa, waaaa. A Jesus Juke is the Christian version of the Debbie Downer moment.
5. Don’t mock people.
You know what no one has ever said in the history of mankind? “Remember that time you viciously mocked and made fun of other Christians? That helped me start a lifelong relationship with Christ. Thank you for using the spiritual gift of mockery in the service of the Kingdom.”
I thought Jon did a great job with the five he listed. Obviously there are a lot of jerks (maybe all of us at one time or another) online these days. Hoping this list helps all of us grow up a bit in our online interactions.
Which one of these five are you most tempted to engage in?
Is there one you would add to the list?