Column: The problem I have with giving up social media for Lent, however, is that it ignores that sometimes social media use is good
A few hours before the U.S. bishops' spring general assembly opened Wednesday in St. Louis, the meeting already had begun.
Tweets were trickling out from bishops, media and observers using the hashtag #usccb15. Among their first items to share: a link to the live stream of the proceedings, bishops making their presence known and media types encouraging followers to watch their live coverage.
Six months ago, NCR's Facebook page hovered at around 10,000 likes. Since then, we've experienced meteoric growth, and over Easter weekend, we hit 50,000 followers who hail from all over the world, including some wonderful followers from the Philippines and Nigeria.
Last week marked the 10th anniversary of Facebook, the social networking site founded more or less (see the 2010 film "The Social Network") by Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm room at Harvard University. OK, Wikipedia says he co-founded Facebook with four other guys, but we really don't remember them, do we? And there were three others who claimed Zuckerberg stole their idea, a legal battle that was settled out of court. In an interview Feb.