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3.2 Online  ‘community’     #Boundless2015  Tweets  commonly  reflected  Bible  verses  or  song  lyrics  used  during  the   main  arena  sessions:     Master speak, Thy servant heareth. Spirit fall in power! Grant courage & fortitude that I may hear, obey & glorify my Lord. #Boundless2015 (individual physically present) RT @Boundless2015: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. #Boundless2015 (unclear whether individual present) Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD God Almighty! #boundless2015 @ The O2 instagram.com/p/4v-R27yXJx/ (individual physically present)

The  use  of  Twitter  in  this  manner  has  been  explored  by  Philips,  Lewis  and  Bruce  (2013).   If  their  argument  that  ‘there  is  no  such  thing  as  “virtual”  and  “real”  worlds’  holds,  the   conveyance  of  a  celebratory  atmosphere  through  social  media  channels  should  not   only  be  a  possibility,  but  it  should  be  demonstrable.     That  declaration  of  Christian  fellowship  participation,  relationship  and  interaction  –   even  remotely  –  was  the  theme  of  a  number  of  Twitter  messages:    

Great to join the celebrations at #Boundless2015 online from Zambia - back where I first worked for #TheSalvationArmy #Chikankata (individual not present) Greetings from #GNY! #Boundless2015 in #London (individual not present) [which also included a screengrab of the live webcast, at a frame which showed the arena’s Twitter wall displaying, apparently, some friends of the message’s originator] At the O2 arena with my lovely buddy group! B-) #WeAreBoundless #WeAre150 #Boundless2015 #SalvationistLife http://t.co/V6Patihdeg (individual present) If you’re at home and want to join us, click on this link to watch the webcast: boundless2015.org #Boundless2015 (retweet from generic account, presence uncertain)

3.3  Symbolic  interaction  and  spiritual  interaction     The  public  announcement  of  a  personal  response  –  or  prayer  –  was  yet  another   category  of  Tweet,  exemplified  by:     Lord, here I am. Send me! @Boundless2015 #Boundless2015 #WeAre150 (individual present)   Lord, I confess I am afraid. But You are with me. Give me courage. #Boundless2015 (individual not pressent) Lord I put my heart before you. I surrender myself. I confess my sins before you. I put my complete trust in you Lord. #Boundless2015 (individual not present)

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Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...

Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...