“You don’t tweet enough,” that’s what my husband keeps reminding me. I scan my tweets everyday. However, I’m sensitive to what I consider to be tweet worthy. (I don’t like wasting people’s time, and I don’t like people wasting mine.) Additionally, if I’m too busy after listing my weekly priorities on Sunday evenings, the social network scene is the first thing to go.
Never-the-less, as Christians who want to have an impact in the world, twitter is an effective tool. Recently in a blog post, a senior executive from a Christian Publisher revealed that people who do not tweet at least 12 times a day will not get on his radar. In other words, there’s a slim chance that he will follow you on twitter if you tweet less than that amount. I don’t think I have ever tweeted 12 times in one day.
But here is what I have learned from the short period of time that I have been tweeting. I feel the same way about twitter that I feel about Facebook or any social media connection. There is a lot of information to be found on the internet in a short amount of time, and not all of it is good. God determines what is good. I can take what Satan wants to use for evil, and use it towards God’s good. I smiled when I saw the first tweet from one of my former mentees stating, “I’m not on here to chat, I’m on here to minister.” To that I say, “Amen, Sista!” It is the true treasure to share the message of Jesus with anyone who chooses to hear.
On the other hand, I have stated that I read twitter more than I post tweets. Here are the benefits (along with a few recommendations):
- It is current. People post what they are doing right now. And sometimes I even get a good laugh.
- I get news and politics in a very short amount of time (normally without the negativity).
- I know what’s going on with the culture and in the entertainment world. I cannot stress the importance of this benefit for Christian leaders, but also for parents. We need to open our eyes to what is going on around us, and how it is imposing on our churches and attacking our youth.
I recommend: @rolandsmartin (Roland is the “it” man, particularly in the African-American community. He is a regular correspondent on CNN. I don’t always agree with his politics, but he has the up to date information on all things newsworthy. Additionally, he is invited to nearly every benefit, concert, and social event. You will know the minute Janet Jackson steps onto the stage, exactly what she is wearing, and a critique of all of her dance moves.)
- I get to see the great things that God is doing in the world through various churches, those he has called to lead, updates from conferences and workshops that I can’t attend, and how he is working in the daily lives of his people.
- I can receive up to date information about the things that I am passionate about.
- I have an opportunity to stop and pray (a prayer of thanksgiving for my friends who are rejoicing and a prayer of comfort for those going through difficult situations)
- I get encouraged and receive words of wisdom.
I recommend: @CSLewisDaily (who reminds me of God’s wisdom) and PaulTripp (who always reminds me of God’s grace)
The best part about it: Generally, I can do all of this for FREE & in less than 30 min/day.
For those of you who are not yet using twitter. Here’s where you get started: www.twitter.com You can reach me @asistasjourney
For my friends who are already using twitter: Who are the top three people that you recommend? And why?
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Blessings, Natasha © Natasha L. Robinson 2010