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The Gospel According to Twitter: Everyone is right – Part 2

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                      Above: Two tweets with #AdviceToLiveBy

Twitter assumes that the most relevant information is the most recent information.  Twitter amplifies this by publishing a list of current trending topics based on an analysis of the latest tweets.  A word or phrase can trend when a significant number of people start tweeting about that word or phrase.  For example, during the Urbana 2012 conference, “#u12” became the number one trend in the St Louis area for most of the conference in fact there were nearly 40,000 tweets on the hashtag or about seven tweets per minute around the clock for the duration of the event. Read more

Using Twitter for Ministry: History – Part 3

Twitter’s prehistoric document, circa 2000.

Historically, twitter was born out of a brainstorming session by a group of employees at the podcasting company Odeo.  Jack Dorsey, a computer programmer, was fascinated by blogs, Instant Messaging (IM) and dispatcher systems.  Blogs allow you to host an online journal. IM gives the user the ability to chat live with friends, but it was limited because you were tethered to a computer.  Dispatcher systems required updates from ambulances, police officers, taxicabs and other city services, but according to Dorsey, it was missing one key piece, Read more

Using Twitter for Ministry: #Hashtags – Part 2

Hashtags are an important part of Twitter and are confusing for a lot of people.  Let’s start with the basics.  Hashtags originated as a way to group tweets.  Chris Messina borrowed the idea of hashtags from the old Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.  According to the Twitter Fan Wiki, “Hashtags were popularized during the San Diego forest fires in 2007 when Nate Ritter used the hashtag ‘#sandiegofire’ to identify his updates related to the disaster.”

Hashtags have evolved as a way of adding punch lines to a tweet.  For example, “I just dropped a McRib in my lap. I’m wearing white. #fail”.  Or another tweet by the writer Susan Orlean, “My 7 yo has taken to calling me ‘Lady,’ as in, ‘What’s for dinner, lady?’ #wheredidigowrong.” These tweets add irony and sarcasm.  Others have used hashtags to create large slumber party like conversations with hashtags like “#IWannaKnowWhy.” Read more

Using Twitter for Ministry: Basics – Part 1

Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging site where users share thoughts of up to 140 characters, known as a tweets. There are 200 million active users who tweet an average 400 million tweets per day. The site launched on March 21, 2006 . It is the fastest growing social media site today. Twitter is a snapshot at any moment in time of the collective diverse thoughts of our global society.

Lets go over some of the basics of twitter. Read more

The Gospel According to Twitter – Part 1

                      Boston Marathon – April 15, 2:49pm

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. Read more