If you’re like me—you enjoy or should I say enjoyed Twitter. I have to admit that I wasn’t the first one to start twittering when it rolled out, however when I signed up I loved it. Twittering was a great way to get the word out about important or cool things that we’re going on in my life or church life. As most of us know—it’s like blogging on the go.
I have to admit that I’m leaning toward the anti-twitter bandwagon. I told my wife that all my children’s pastor friends, etc. would hate me for writing this. I love reading about some of the cool things people are doing or where they’re at, etc. What I find a little annoying is people’s play-by-play of their life. I know this sounds mean. Don’t take it personally. I used to be one of these people. I would twitter about 10+ things a day that—looking back—I wonder what was I thinking. Do I care that someone is eating lunch? It’s cool that you’re having a family day, but do we need to know everything that you do minute-by-minute?
Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m NOT a Twitter hater. I’m just very selective on the Twitter’s that I want to be a part of. The only person I follow on my cell phone anymore is my lead pastor. Everyone else I just follow online and read throughout the day. My cell phone no longer vibrates and rings every two minutes with messages like “just bought eggs at the store—yummy! #whocares”
After a while the average person doesn’t even read our twitters because they know it’s not important and then they miss out on the important ones because they “think” it’s like all the others. I guess it’s cool if you have people that actually want to know everything about you and what you do, but if we had an honest reality check I think we’d find there aren’t that many people out there.
My favorite twittering people are people who twitter with purpose. I know that Twitter was created in part as a way to get involved in people’s day to day life, but that’s not what I like about it. I love using it as a way to keep up with friends. Personally, one twitter a day/two days is great (unless you’re on an incredibly cool vacation, event, etc.).
I know I’m not the only one out there who thinks this. I know there has to be people who are tired of dumb twitters. And, by the way, if anyone asks me if you’re a “dumb twitterer” my answer to you is “no.” I still want to have friends after this post! I just don’t want children’s pastors (or any church leader) to kill such an incredible tool to reach people.