We are interested in hearing your thoughts on the role that social media–specifically blogs, Facebook and Twitter–played in the events that unfolded over the last several weeks at General Theological Seminary. It feels to us as though the Episcopal Church has just been through a new experience and we’d like to try to understand it better.
We know there was intense interest in the story in certain circles. The Cafe reached more than 105,000 people on Facebook in the last seven days, a record for us, and we’ve had more than 207,000 visits to the blog in the last month, which is more than double our average. And we were certainly not the only players in the social media game. But what do these numbers mean? What, if anything, did they make happen?
If social media influenced the events at General Seminary, how did it do so? What were the mechanisms? Who benefitted from the use of social media? Who was hurt by it? In what ways?
How did you choose to participate in this conversation on social media and what, in retrospect, do you think about your participation?
Best answers have a good chance to be footnotes in a future master’s thesis….