On April 15, 2013 at 2:49pm EDT two bombs exploded within 13 seconds and 210 yards of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The bombs killed 3 people and injured another 264. Within seconds, Twitter was lighting up people’s cell phones and computer screens with first hand accounts of the event including images and videos of the scene. It was a full 10 minutes before any other news source was able to report anything. NPR was first to report the incident on the radio; CNN had something on cable television in about 15 minutes. Twitter has become the new news wire. It has supplanted the AP. Even the Boston police confirmed “at least 22 injured, two dead” — by Tweeting at 4:05pm. The “Twitter Effect” is now common. Seal Team Six killing Osama bin Laden broke on Twitter. The uprisings of the Arab Spring were first covered via Twitter. So, too, was the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Ritholtz).
On December 15, 2009 I tweeted “Reading Rom 2:12-16: God will judge by what has been revealed to you. Obey the commands God has given and you will be declared righteous.” Since then I have tweeted a summary of my daily Bible study nearly everyday. When my son was born on December 7, 2009 I saw how many people responded to my updates about his birth. Amidst all of the new activity I found myself finding time to update and reply to my social media, but I hadn’t found time to study my Bible or spend any significant time in prayer. Suddenly I had an idea. I could tell the world what I was studying everyday and I could be accountable to the world. I am in the process of tweeting the whole Bible.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be posting a series called “Using Twitter for Ministry.”
How do you use social media?