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Using Twitter in ministry

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Twitter.comAfter hearing all the hype about Twitter I decided to check it out for myself. Honestly, it was largely disinteresting to me. I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at on the site and why everyone was making such a big deal out of it. So I left only to read even more about this strange phenomenon later and visit the site once again, leaving with the same, Who cares?, question in mind. But then the other night I decided to give it a try and see what all the hype was about and discovered, like almost everyone else, that it does become strangely addictive. Very weird.

So now I’m thinking how we can use this new tool in ministry. The only idea coming to mind is to make an account for announcements to those involved in your ministry. Of course, they all have to be users of Twitter, too.

I guess someone could also create an account for sending a “verse of the day” or something to subscribers, too. I dunno. Anyone else have an idea?

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Posted on March 30, 2007

  • Who cares? Do you mean people don’t want to know what I had for lunch or if I am suffering from nasal drip?

    I think if folks in your church use this as a social network, you get on it. Otherwise, save bandwidth for other’s BLT or Caesar Salad.

  • I think there is a lot of potential in twitter for ministry. As you said it can be an updater for announcements and such for your own group, as well as sending out multiple “memory” verses during the day. It can also be used to refer your “watchers” to good articles/blog entries as you come across them. It doesn’t have to be an exclusive “i’m walking the dog,” “now i’m eating a sandwich,” and “now I’m going to the bathroom.” I’m using twitter right now just to talk back and forth and meet new people. I think as it catches on more and more the uses will become more obvious as well.

  • Tim

    Maybe I’m still a Twitter noob, but I wish there was a way for me to reply back to people’s updates. Some of them just demand a smart alec response, ya know? :)

    I’m not sure I’ll be use Twitter for announcements here anytime soon. According to Twittermap.com, there’s only one other person within a 100 mile radius from me that uses Twitter. Ahh yes, I’m a pioneer! lol

    Maybe I’ll put a Twitter badge in the sidebar of my blog here. Hmmm….

  • Tim- I just went and I’m having the same “who cares?” feeling. I have never seen a site that was so boring. By the way I might have something for Friday Freebies if you’re interested.

  • Tim

    I totally know what you mean, Chris. I joined more out of curiosity than anything else, not because I thought it would be something fun to do. The fun just kinda seeped in somehow. *shrugs*

    I’m always looking for Freebie Friday contributions! Send ’em to tim@schmoyer.net

    Oh, and if anyone wants to add me as a Twitter friend, look me up: http://twitter.com/rockinyp.

  • Tim…

    I emailed you the wrong link for my pure volume page. It is http://www.purevolume.com/daysbreaking

  • esv alread has a a verse of the day.
    i got it a week ago…
    it’s great!
    esv.org.au

    i too have thought about using it for ministry…

  • esv.org
    (forget about the dot au… that’s the aussie extension… oops!)

  • Tim

    Dave, I’m looking for the Twitter verse of the day info at esv.org and not finding it. Or are you just referring to their e-mail verse of the day?

  • http://www.esv.org/blog/2007/03/twitter
    http://twitter.com/esvdaily

    it’s fantastic… and they don’t actually have the verse ref… just the verse… but that’s cool… it makes you try and remember where it’s from… and it comes at a random time during the day… always unexpected!

    peaceout

  • Tim

    Oh okay, great. Thanks, Dave!

  • I’m trying the twitter badge on my site. Just to see what it is like. I was thinking you could use it within a church staff to update each other on progress of projects or things like that. Well, I can’t. We still have dial-up (can’t get highspeed where we’re at, at least not yet).

  • Tim

    That’s a great idea, Mike! (I’m one of your “followers” on Twitter now.) :)

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