People all over the world utilize social networking for various reasons. Businesses use them for advertising and survey purposes. Artists use them to inform fans about performances and tour dates. And normal everyday people use them stay connected with friends and reconnect with old friends that we have lost touch with. Then you have some religious individuals like myself, who uses social networking as a medium to deliver encouraging messages and spread the Good News of Jesus.
However some people, use social networking to spam innocent individuals with false advertisements and spread viruses.
What is spam? Those unwarranted and unwanted messages that pop up in your mentions talking about the most random and irrelevant and sometimes inappropriate things. Spam upsets us, it annoys us, and we complain about it immediately whenever it comes up. Where does spam come from you ask? Spam on twitter comes from different things you tweet about and it could even be a result of the different people you mention in your tweets.
For example, I tweet about my desire for an iPad sometimes, and due to that very first tweet with “iPad” included, I had a constant stream of spam tweets in my mentions. As each day passes, I watch the people I follow complain about being attacked by Spam in their mentions and it dawned on me… that we can learn a valuable lesson from this.
In life we have unexpected, irrelevant, unwanted, situations that occur in our lives. We get frustrated and upset when these bad things happen in our lives and always wonder and often ask ourselves and God, “Why is this happening to me??” but may I suggest that Spam Situations pop up in our lives because of the things we say and the people we include in our lives? Sometimes the very words we speak can cause the very things that we don’t want in our lives to show up. And some people we choose to hang around have nothing good for us and causes unwarranted SPAM to pop up in our mentions!
The Bible teaches us that death and life is in the power of the tongue; and those that love it shall eat of its fruit (Proverbs 18:21). The Bible also teaches us to choose our friends wisely. There is an old saying “birds of the same feather flock together” well there are also many scriptures in the Bible about choosing the people we associate with
wisely. “The righteous should CHOOSE HIS FRIENDS CAREFULLY, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (Proverbs 12:26) Tired of the spam in your life? Change the way you speak and the people you hang around and watch the spam disappear! Be blessed!