Facebook,Twittering, and Blogging to the Glory of God (pt.4)

  • Twitter is self-selecting. I find the people I Twitter with most are sharp theological thinkers, committed Christians with a tendency towards Reformed theology, yet are very different from me – and therefore challenge my assumptions, broaden my understanding and bring humor and joy to Christian life. A little bit of heaven here on earth.
  • Twitter broadens my social world. I twitter with Christians who are Baptists, Emergent, Presbyterian/Reformed, young, old, single, married, scattered across the globe. I find out about missions and missional living. I’m learning good things about Emergents, pro-life Catholics, reformed Baptists and southern Presbyterians. I’m finding common ground. To God be the glory for leading his invisible and visible church with Christ at the head.
  • Twitter brings us down to day-to-day living as Christians. I hear that Al Mohler, Ed Stetzer, R.C. Sproul – like eggnog. I find out that people whose books I read and theological contributions I value get tired, sick, like movies and play with their kids. In other words they don’t just read theology or dialog with the great books and great minds 24/7. This I find encouraging. The Incarnate Christ in his humanity and divinity is modeled in his saints.                                                           ~ source; mineandthine.com

Seven Tweeting Tips

(1) You are what you tweet. Are you an

encourager, a humorist, a businessperson,

a pastor – a complainer? People will


(2) Craft your words. This may be

instant publishing, but it's still publishing.

Your words will last longer than you will.

(3) No cheating. Say it all in 140

characters. Don't use a second tweet to

continue your point.

(4) Don't answer Twitter's standard

question, "what are you doing?" Rather

than your flight plan, nap schedule, or

lunch menu, say something that will

benefit others.

(5)Don't over-tweet. If people quit

replying to you, it may be because they

can't keep up.

(6)Share Pictures On Twitter

Bet you weren’t aware of this, were you?

Using services such as twitpic.com you

can upload and share pictures on your

twitter account in your tweets.

Sometimes, the pictures speak better than

140 characters would. Not to forget that

they also add variety to your tweets every

once in a while

(7). Re-TweetWith Thanks To

Original Tweeter

Sure you can copy others’ tweets. But be

ethical and credit them for it. So when

you decide to copy someone’s tweet, do it

with a @name (where ‘name’ is their

twitter username) preceding the tweet.

~ source/her.meneutics blog

Six ways to make the best use of your

140 Characters:

1)Use shorthand codes. LOL, RT, TYL, etc.

Some may call it tech speak or leet speak.

Acronyms and abbreviations for commonly

used words and phrases.

2) Be clear and concise. Make sure you are

not being redundant. Remove any words

that might be irrelevant to what you are

trying to convey.

3) Use URL shortening. This one is pretty

obvious and is even built in to Twitter.

However, there are some URL shortening

services that can save you a few more

characters than http://tinyurl.com/. I use

http://is.gd/ and another popular one is

XR.COM which even allows you to

customize the URL.

4) Use special symbol characters. You may

not know it, but Twitter accepts more than

just normal characters. You can actually

create hearts, stars, smilies and other symbols

that can represent words or ideas in just 1

character. TheNextWeb has created a great

tool called TwitterKeys which allows you to

have all these symbols at your fingertips.

5)Use Hashtags. A hashtag # is like a tag at

the end of your tweet. Your followers will

have an understanding of what subject you

are sharing right away and it may even

increase your chances of being re-tweeted.

You can also look up other tweets that have

the same hashtag. Here are some

examples… (#Reading:, #Motherhood:,

#lovemychurch #wedgewoodbapt,

#pleasepray, #vacation, etc.)

 Essentially,using hashtags in a twitter post creates a

grouping around some specific subject that

other tweeters can access, thereby viewing

all of the tweets from around the world that

have that particular hashtag in


Hashtags were first made popular in

2007 when Twitter user Nate Ritter tweeted

the following message: "#sandiegofire

300,000 people evacuated in San Diego

county now."

6) Be simple. This is a writing tip from

Copyblogger, “…simple words work better

than big ones. Write ‘get’ instead of

‘procure.’ Write ‘use’ rather than ‘utilize.’ Use

the longer words only if your meaning is so

precise there is no simpler word to use.”

~source twitip.com


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