Twitter is a simple social media program that allows video, pictures, and link sharing, but it restricts what you have to say to 14o characters. You can reply to people, retweet something, or share a link. For someone who wants a streamlined, simple social media to use more missionally, Twitter is a good one. Think of it as one big conversation.
Nuances on Twitter:
- Hashtags (#): Use hashtags before a word like a keyword search. Every #PutWordHere puts all the conversations using this hashtag into one search so you can see everyone talking about that hashtag. This is handy if you choose to do a Bible Study on Twitter.
- Followers: This is what you want. You want people to follow you. For the first few weeks of opening up a Twitter account, you’ll want to watch who follows you to delete any spam.
- Spam: It’s not the can of processed meat you buy at the grocery store. This includes people who automatically follow, sales tweets, and porn. You can report and delete them through the tool symbol on their profile.
- How many times should you tweet? You can tweet many times through the day.
- @: Put this symbol next to a name (i.e. @OnlineCmi) to talk to a particular person.
- Favorites: Some people use the star (favorites button) as a ‘like’ button. Personally, I use it to save things that I want to read later. I don’t always have time to read everything on my newsfeed.
Twitter takes time to engage people. It takes time to build up an audience so be patient.