I have to be honest that when I first heard about Twitter I thought it was stupid. Why would I want to tell everyone where I am and what I’m doing. Especially since I’m an introvert! But now that I’ve been doing this for a couple of months, I have to admit that it is kinda cool and a fun way to stay connected to ministry friends. I’ve gotten reconnected with guys like @maurilio from Nashville, TN and met new pastors from all over the country.
But if you are like me you need some advice on how to do the Twitter thing. I refer you to the King of Twitter, Ed Stetzer. He posted a blog called “Twitter Advice” on August 24.
For those of you new at Twitter here it is…
1. "Tweet" the angles (Twitter is the service, "tweet" refers to the update/post). It’s not worth tweeting that you had lunch. But the fact that your boss stole fries off your plate while he thought you weren’t looking is. Avoid the obvious and find the angle of an experience. People want you to share your life, so give them the good stuff.
2. Use your cell phone. Part of what makes Twitter so great is the easy of updating via your phone. If you have a Blackberry be sure and get TwitterBerry. It is easier than texting all the time. You can also send email if you use Twittermail.
3. Use your cameraphone. If your cell phone doesn’t have a camera, it’s time to throw out that Nokia 6110 and upgrade to a phone released in the 21st century. The ability to share an image of where you are, or what you’re doing can let people in on fun, exciting, or even deeply meaningful moments.
4. Do not respond to all comments. People won’t expect you to. Most are rhetorical. And, if you respond to most, people will expect you to respond to all. Just respond to those you want think others might find interesting. Remember, that when someone asks you a question like, "Why are you reading The Shack?," only people who read their Twitter see it… so people who read your response won’t know to what you refer. However, if you respond, everyone who follows you sees your response. So, try to restate the question in your response if you choose to respond. All of your responses are public unless you use direct messaging.
5. Pace yourself. Don’t tweet multiple times in a row. If you have that much to say write a blog post.
6. Think before you tweet. Keep in mind that anyone can see your Twitter, not just your subscribers, so don’t say anything you wouldn’t say on a blog.