Thursday, April 02, 2009

Do You Twitter?

What I'm reading: Easy Prey, by John Sandford

Note: once again, I've lost the sidebar in IE -- Use Firefox!

Social Networking:

I was dragged, kicking and screaming, into MySpace and Facebook. Now I'm hearing it's all about Twitter. I'm not ready for that -- I can't imagine people being interested in 140 character bites. I try to keep these posts varied and interesting, and away from the minute-by-minute accounting of my daily actions. If I do have something I feel is worthy of sharing, I'd like to think it takes more than 140 characters to say it.

(The above paragraph is 427 characters with spaces.)

If I were going to write about my everyday happenings, I could tell you about ...

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how much of a hassle it was to register for on-line access to the mail-order pharmacy my new health insurance uses. It wouldn't accept me as a member, although I'd filled out everything correctly (so I thought). I got the 'if you're having trouble, call the Customer Service number on the card.'

Here we go againwas my first thought. After answering a dozen questions via their voice recognition software I got put through to a human. The wrong one, but at least I got through, and was transferred to someone else who told me I had to first register with the Florida website, and THEN I could finish the pharmacy site. So, I jumped through those hoops and went back and tried again.

There's a field for entering one's ID number. I copied mine from my card. It didn't all fit. I tried again leaving the letters off the front. Yet another no go. I called the pharmacy people (heck with Customer Service) and was told, "Leave off all the letters except the H." Still no go, which I told her (I wasn't letting her off the line until I fixed it.) She read the number back to me. Turns out, you're also supposed to leave off the last two digits! Sheesh.

Oh - we were talking about Twitter, weren't we. The prompt for this post was the following:

Ben Schott has a blog where he introduces new vocabulary words for the never-ending demands of our society. Since I'd been seeing so much blog traffic about Twitter, this one caught my eye:

Twitturgy

Religious Tweeting. (Twitter + liturgy.)

The Web site
Church Solutions recently urged:


Quick, write the shortest devotion you can! Such is the latest trend, which has created a new church-world portmanteau: twitturgy.

According to the site:

Pastors who build a network of Twitter followers in their congregations now try to reach them all week long. The phenomenon makes e-mail devotions seem so passé.

In an earlier post, Church Solutions outlined “three reasons every pastor should use Twitter regularly:”

Your sermons can become more relevant

You can remove the “barrier” between pulpit and pew.

You can intensify your prayer life.

Be sure to come back tomorrow, when Homicide Hussey's chapter explains "The Noise in the Attic."

8 comments:

Lisa Logan said...

You'd be surprised what can be conveyed in 140 characters! As a writer, I was intrigued when I first heard about Twitter. Talk about getting your Hemingway on! Twitter is to social media what flash fiction is to novels. And there's certainly a market for both.

I've been on Twitter for a year now. Took some time to grasp how to make use of it, but once I did I found it a great tool for gaining a wealth of information, getting name exposure, and driving traffic to my blog and site.

--Lisa
http://authorlisalogan.blogspot.com

Terry Odell said...

Well, considering I spent the last half hour trying to figure out why IE won't display the sidebar to this blog post, maybe something simpler like Twitter is more my speed.

EilisFlynn said...

A MySpace site was something that a friend of mine surprised me with when the Hub and I went over to her place for dinner. It was a nice thought, but my computer was too old and too dialup to do anything with the site!

I'm scared of Twitter, frankly!

Jess said...

i tweet. odle2. :)

Dara Edmondson said...

I've been tweeting for about a month now, but I can't honestly say I GET it. Love the word - twitturgy - amazing!

Terry Odell said...

Dara, if you ever "get" it, let me know. Meanwhile, I'll watch from afar.

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Terry Odell said...

Tessa - Welcome! I'm glad you found my place. Looking forward to seeing you again.