Posted by: Christine | July 22, 2010

US Bishops on Social Networking

Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a set of social media guidelines (it’s about time!) for Church personnel, including clergy, administrators, and volunteers.  It includes a primer for those who are new to social media interactions, as well as pointers for creating traffic, as well as boundaries for communication.

It is a very helpful document, and does a great job of outlining best practices for a responsible witness via social media, something that I’m sure media-savvy Catholics are already familiar with.  However, the guidelines do have their limitations, and give either vague or overly-stringent parameters on some topics.  On the National Catholic Register site, Matthew Warner offers an article with a fair explanation and critique of the guidelines.

For the original document, click here.  For Warner’s commentary, click here.

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