shameless exploitation

I want more pisky tweets for my synod talk tomorrow.

The more I think about this, the more I think that twitter could be a very useful tool for us, but only if we build on our existing networks and call on people to church-twitter wisely.    This virgin twitterer believes that hash tags are key.  We need to use the #pisky tag lots, and share news and stories of God and links to good resources.

So, dear Hermionies, the fallow season is over.  I need you to sign up for twitter before 1 pm tomorrow.  It will take you five minutes.  Download tweet deck (google it), and it will become more pleasing.  I am focusing on the non-twitterers here.  Don’t worry if you didn’t understand what I said about hash tags.  Just know that when you tweet, if you put #pisky somewhere in the tweet, then anyone who does a twitter search for #pisky will be able to find you.  Me, for instance.  And all those watching tomorrow lunch time at synod.

Today’s challenges:

  1. Rosemary — 1 tweet that communicates the wonders of an OT prophet of your choice.
  2. Elizabeth — 1 tweet on good use of language in liturgy, theology or poetry (quotations are fine)
  3. Kate — 1 tweet on the joy of God’s call
  4. Sarah — (honorary pisky) — 1 tweet on something you are learning from worship in Haiti
  5. Mary — (do you tweet?) — 1 tweet on what it’s like to be a 20-something pisky
  6. Jackie — 1 tweet on finding God in the everyday

Anyone who feels left out:  1 tweet on how important it is to make people feel included

I notice my list is addressed entirely to women.  In part that’s the reality of my readership.  In part it’s because most of the men who read this blog are already signed up and tweeting.

But please prove me wrong all you men out there:  come out come out and tell us you’re here.

10 thoughts on “shameless exploitation

  1. At the risk of diverting the thought-process here (but being a bloke who is already known to tweet, to make up for it), it occurs to me that there is a difference in approach between the CoS – who set up a specific account for their GA twittering – and the SEC approach, which seems to be reliant on the network of noted folks (mostly overlap with bloggers) so you have to either know who to follow, or track the hashtag which is open to sins of omission. Does this reflect the underlying organization? Is either way more desirable than another?
    Relatedly, blogging, tumblr and twitter have come and relevance & popularity of each have changed in the past 18 months. How agile is the church in keeping up with the available means of communication?

    Just my $0.02 to ponder, anyway. All the best with presenting things tomorrow 🙂

  2. I think that the church is still to wary of the internet to use it officially, and it is up to those of us who think differently to show the value of it. Thus the fringe event by the I&C, and the informal networking to plan a way forward.

    I suspect the church will often be behind the curve with social media — but that that oddly keeps us in sync with vast swathes of the population.

    As for fashions, after months of wondering if blogs had past their usefulness, I’ve come round to thinking they are still the best means of building church networks, and that the twittering wouldn’t work at all without the blogging community to stir the pot. But perhaps we will learn something new when we talk about this tomorrow.

    I still haven’t figured out how to best use social networking cross-generationally with young people. Maybe the problem is that unless they want it and set it up, it is not going to be worthwhile.

  3. I had deliberately and firmly avoided Twitter until now. But how can I resist such an enchanting altar call?

  4. apologies Kimberley I didnt see this in time… I do occasionally tweet and have an account but ive never tagged it as piski..

  5. Ooer, was that for me? I’ve been meaning to give twitter a go but haven’t quite (yet) seen the point for me so am still scratching my chin about it all. I will get round to it soon, sorry I wasn’t in time for your plea.

  6. I didn’t get this in time – I took a rare evening off and went riding. Soz. But I will join up – I get very discouraged by the awful slowness of internet connection and downloads.

  7. Re blogging vs Twitter: most educational users make use of Twitter to point to stuff they’ve developed on blog as well as to great resources and so on. It’s obviously a much quicker and more widely-read form of communication – especially with texting options – but limited as a tool on its own. There’s been quite a bit of sporadic debate on this recently – can’t link to it as I’m not on my own computer.
    And of course it’s great for arranging flash meets, pick-up points and the like!

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