Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pope on Facebook?

The rumors have been confirmed that the deceased Pope John Paul II is joining Facebook. A little odd that a deceased Pope is joining a social networking site? Indeed, but the Vatican is making the Facebook because they have realized that Facebook and social networking isn't necessarily just about sharing information but that it also focuses on building a community. The Vatican hopes to build a community with this Facebook and will also be coming out with a Vatican news portal that will be unveiled around Easter.

I thought that this is a prime example of how networking has changed so dramatically. The Vatican, to me at least, is a very formal and old-fashioned institution and yet they are still aware of how important building their community Online is. Social networking sites have made it possible for institutions, companies, and just people in general to establish and build communities in a whole new way. These sites extend the possibilities and potential for communities because they make communication so easy and readily available.

The Pope joining Facebook may seem strange but you have to admit that the Vatican has the right idea in mind!


  1. Wow, that's interesting! I had not heard about this (and I'm Catholic). I kind of pictured the Vatican as you did...old fashioned and formal. But I see I am mistaken. Taking on Facebook is a fairly new animal, but I can see where they're coming from. Building a community is very important, and it seems that social media is a really good way of doing that nowadays. I might add him as a friend!

  2. Haha, yeah I definitely checked out the page and told my parents about it to see their reactions!