Nobody told me that I could “fall” so fast and so hard for a Twitter. I must confess that I wasn’t an early adopter although I love new technology. Without experiencing the joys of twittering first hand, I had a hard time understanding why anybody would care to read a rolling commentary about “What are you doing?” But after hearing all of the rage and finally spending some time snooping behind the scenes of twitter, I’m hooked.
I’m now fascinated with following all sorts of people and keeping track of the little details that they find interesting and worthwhile to share with anyone who will listen.
My new addiction has me wondering: With our attempts to stay connected to virtually everyone, I’m not sure if we’re “authentically” connected to anyone.
Does twittering have a place in churches? With a limitation of 140 characters, can twittering be used to build community and interact with other believers? I wonder if Jesus would have twittered with his disciples.
But until I can figure it out . . . I need to let my twitter followers know that I just wrote a post about “what I’m doing right now.”

Comments

  1. I think twittering can absolutely be used to encourage others, to show that you’re interested in their lives. It doesn’t replace “real” interaction any more than texting replaces a phone call or a visit. It’s simply one more tool in our toolbox — one more way to keep in touch in our busy lives.
    I post replies to others as often (or more often) as I post my own updates. I’m fascinated by others and what they have going on. Twitter is a great tool but no replacement for really getting into peoples’ lives — just my $0.02.

  2. I have a hard enough time escaping my internet time suckers – blogging and surfing! No twitter for me. Yet :-)

  3. I can’t think of where I read it, but I know I read an article about a church who used Twitter in one of their Sunday AM services… crazy!

  4. Pam Case says:

    OK here is my admission to a similar addiction, I read your post on my blackberry then commented while my husband was driving us down the highway! And I totally believe the twitter network could be used to connect believers and beyond! Follow me at pcase if you want to try it out!

  5. As a missions director and fellow twitter-er, I am totally excited about being able to use twitter this summer to keep our church body updated while I spend a month in Africa leading short-term teams. Internet in Africa is unreliable, slow,and hard to find- but cell phones are everywhere with great coverage! And sending texts from Africa to the USA is affordable to boot…
    I’ll be able to keep everyone at home updated as we travel via Twitter. Even more importantly, I can send out prayer requests etc and folks back home will get them immediately. I think it will be a great tool!

  6. I’m a tweet and have been for a few months. I do think it is a great way to stay connected to people I want to keep up with on a daily basis. Catching up can be difficult and I usually put it off. I was skeptical, but after participating do see the benefits of staying connected to friends.

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