Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Facebook and Tweet Fast for Lent

What a fast for Lent. This is from Christianity Today liveblog

February 24, 2009 2:56PM
Church of England Tweets for Lent
It wants to know 'What are you doing' for the Lenten season.

Sarah Pulliam

One of the top buzz words on Twitter today is Lent as people are announcing what they're giving up for the season. Not to be left out, The Church of England is offering tweets for Lent, which begins tomorrow.

Twitter is a social network and micro-blogging site that allows people to send and read followers' updates (or tweets), which are posts of up to 140 characters. Episcopal Cafe asks, "What Would Jesus Tweet?"

Others are abstaining from another social network. Stephanie Simon writes in The Wall Street Journal about how parents are going on Facebook fasts for Lent.

Lenten sacrifices are meant to honor and in a small way reenact the 40 days Jesus is said to have wandered the wilderness, fasting and resisting temptation. Abstaining from Facebook for the 40 days of Lent was the rage among college students last year. This Lenten season -- which starts next week on Ash Wednesday -- the cause has been taken up by a surprising number of adults. The digital sacrifice won't be easy, they say, but it may help them reclaim their analog lives.

Even CNET joins in by giving some tips on how to give it up without losing "friends."

Anyone fasting from Facebook for Lent?

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