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How to get started with Twitter as a Pastor

If you are a pastor or seminary student getting started on Twitter, here is a list of people that I suggest you consider following:


Below is my Bethel Seminary Fall 2018 Leadership Communication in Global Perspective assignment.

Trying out Twitter and reflection on utilizing social media

With a president whose leadership communication is Twitter, and with a professor who likes Twitter as well, I want you to try it.

Please create a Twitter account. Please follow 100 people.

Here is a list of 180 people that I suggest you consider following: https://twitter.com/AndyRowell/lists/for-seminary-students

But it is good to choose only those who are interesting to you. I don't agree with all of these people. It is just a good sample of Twitter. 

The idea of giving you some people to start following is that you start to see how the medium works and you are able to say: "Aha! I see how this could be cool and interesting and informative." 

If you follow people who say ignorant things, it is less fun to be on Twitter. If you follow insightful, witty, thoughtful people, it is more useful. It is like reading an interesting magazine. These people are some people that I have found to be not terribly annoying, but rather interesting. However, your opinion about who is annoying is valid and you should unfollow people who are annoying because they tweet too much or about things that are not of interest to you or say things that you think are not true or helpful. In other words, when trying out Twitter, just follow the people you feel like following. You need not only follow pastors and Christian people. You can also follow people who are tweeting about sports, music, hobbies that interest you. 

If you see someone that you like or respect like Beth Moore or Andy Crouch, you can look through who they follow and follow some of them. You can do this however you like.

I would like you to set it up in September but you can wait until the Communication module. I want you to try Twitter for 10 days. Please check it at least once a day for 5 minutes on each of those 10 days. You can use an alias rather than your real name. However it is possible that someone could find who you are through your email address you use so consider that even if you use a pseudonym for your handle: @seminarystudent101 @PastoronTwitter316 @Revtweets10 @churchiscool100 , etc. and a pseudonym for your name: (Seminary Student, Twitter Newbie, Anonymous Pastor, etc.) remember that your likes and retweets might be visible to people so be careful what you do. 

You are welcome to delete your account at the end of the semester.

Please do at least 10 tweets. You may tweet a great quote from something you are reading or a Bible verse or an interesting article that you read. Or you can do what you like. Please also retweet at least 10 tweets and like 10 tweets. I just want you to get a feel for what it is like.

Pastors are generally very careful about what they share since they do not want to offend people. Professors and journalists can speak their mind a bit more freely.  

In the forum reflect briefly on your experience with Twitter. I liked it! . . .  I still don’t get it. . . . It is too chaotic.

Also if you are familiar with them, reflect on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat as communication mediums. Also briefly comment on your observations on what screens are doing to teen (and adult) self-perception, their lack of ability to interact in real life, and inability to concentrate. There is a lot written on this topic but it is ok here to just give your opinion and observations on these matters.