Facebook now has more than 600 million users worldwide and that number will probably reach a billion in July 2012. That’s how big and popular Facebook has become. According to Socialbakers, in the Philippines alone, 24.7 million out of the 30 million Filipinos who have internet access have Facebook accounts. That’s 83.48 percent of the entire online population. Thus it is not an exaggeration to say that practically every Filipino who goes online is on Facebook. Continue reading
God Our Father,
Direct our lives that we may use Facebook to proclaim Your Word. Grant that our wall posts may serve as a source of inspiration and joy to our friends.
Guide us as we update our status and let all our comments be pleasing to You. Make us realize that we need to read the Bible more often than we check our news feed. May we find more time correcting our bad habits than editing our profile pics.
Lead us in Your wisdom that we may we be more concerned about following Your precepts than about the size of our friends list. May we poke others only because we want to show we care.
Deliver us from privacy problems, from spam applications and from the temptation to post other people’s images, ideas and videos without permission. Allow us to remain in an open relationship with You, to bear much fruit, and to give glory to Your name.
We ask all these through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
People use Facebook for various reasons – to connect with friends, sell products, share ideas, play games, advance political ambitions and so on. As a missionary, I use Facebook and other popular social networks primarily to spread God’s Word. There is no scarcity of apps that can be used as tools for evangelization in Facebook.
This post features the top 10 Bible apps on Facebook based on the number of their monthly active users. As of this writing, there is a total of 266 Bible apps in Facebook. You can display these apps in your own Facebook profile page.
|Daily Bible Verse
Display a new Bible verse on your profile every day. Save your favorite
169,976 monthly active users
|Which mighty woman of the Bible are you most like?
Find out which mighty woman of God you are most like in the Bible by
65,680 monthly active users
|Daily Bible Scripture
Daily Scripture and verses displayed on your Facebook profile. You can
62,846 monthly active users
|What Bible Character are You?
Take this fun quiz and find out which Old Testament Bible character
38,091 monthly active users
|Which book of the Bible are you?
Find out whether you’re prophetic or just pathetic.
37,732 monthly active users
Hand-picked verses from the Bible to choose and display on your profile.
25,317 monthly active users
With Bible you can read with your friends, share notes, accelerate your
19,593 monthly active users
|Bible Quoted Pics
Send Bible Quoted Pics to your friends and family. Let the beautiful
12,865 monthly active users
Give someone a promise from Holy Scripture!
9,725 monthly active users
Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize
2,903 monthly active users
Having more than 300 million active users and counting, Facebook is no doubt the most popular and fastest growing social network in the planet right now. But Facebook is NOT the only social network out there. Nor even the best.
If you want to be in a faith-based social network, you might want to take a look at these Christian alternatives to Facebook.
This is my personal favorite. The administrators of XT3 claim that this social network is “so good even the Pope uses it”. Aside from the usual profile pages, XT3 includes unique features such as prayer walls, diocesan homepages, events and projects. There are even priests who make themselves available online to answer all those who are curious about the Catholic faith.
The main goal of 4marks is to build Catholic communities online as well as to provide valuable resources to help people to deepen their faith. It offers weekly trivia, daily lessons, information on the Saints and other interactive content. This social network only allows content that are “worthy of praise” and thus all reviews articles, events, videos, and other member-submitted content are reviewed before they appear online.
Faithout calls it social fellowshipping instead of the oft-used social networking. The fellowships created in Faithout are based around a company, region, church, ministry or school. In Faithout, users are invited to join the fellowships that reflect their real-life communities to learn more about the people who work, live, study or worship around them.
The purpose of FaithFreaks is to glorify God by providing an alternative social network that is safe, clean, friendly, and Christ-centered. FaithFreaks also aims to help its users build upon their faith and beliefs by providing resources to help them focus and grow in their Christian walk.
The special features of Myfaithhaven include free access to a good number of Christian music, Christian books, Christian church groups and Christian Lyrics pages.
FarmVille is a Facebook game which allows members of the popular social network to plant, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables as well as raise animals on one’s virtual farm.
I only started playing FarmVille five days ago and, as of this writing, I am now at level 14 with 45,431 coins and 4248 XP. You can say that I am a dedicated farmer. Most of the animals and trees I own are gifts from fellow farmers. The more I play FarmVille the more I enjoy the real-time flash game. One time I had to reschedule my dinner to harvest my crops on time.
Here are ten lessons I learned while tending my virtual farm.
1. Growth takes time, effort, and lots of patience. You cannot hurry the crops. Or make your cows produce milk in seconds. Growth is neither sudden nor easy. It is a process which requires that one step be completed successfully before proceeding to the next.
2. There are always elements that will try to stifle your growth. In FarmVille you have to deal with leaves, weeds, and crows. I real life you have to deal with difficult situations and people who discourage you and try to pull you down. Continue reading
Being active in social networks like Facebook is a good way for vocation promoters to attract potential aspirants to the priesthood and religious life nowadays. A good example is Sister Tracy Dugas, who has been using Facebook “to make herself accessible to those contemplating a commitment to Jesus Christ.”
Most of the more than 39 million Facebook members worldwide are students, so vocation promoters will miss a lot if they don’t make good use of this technology to support and promote vocations. Recent studies show that 60% of the members log in daily and spend an average of 19 minutes per day on Facebook. I am sure that among those millions of people who log in to Facebook everyday, a good number of them are discerning to respond to God’s call to priesthood or religious life.
Vocation promoters need to be where young people are. And for now this means that aside from promoting vocations in churches and schools, they need to be actively present in social networking websites like Facebook.