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do you tweet? what is twitter?

[UPDATE:]
Found a couple of other links and tools regarding twitter - decided to post them to this blog and repost it - let me know if you find some good, basic, beginner articles regarding twitter by posting them in the comments section for others to click through to...thanks!

twitter is catching a lot of traction. i signed up early on (as i do with things that i think have the possibility of gaining momentum...).

so, if you're wondering what twitter is, i'm offering a 'roundup' of great twitter-related articles here. most pertain to ministry, some relate to facebook. interesting conversation i had recently...someone thought i spent "a lot of time" on facebook - actually, i spend very little. how do i update my status so often - via twitter (after all, the question is, "what are you doing?" right?). also, i "spot check" facebook throughout the day using my iPhone(while on hold, waiting for a light to turn green or during a commercial...it takes about 30 seconds to see what's going on). i actually only sign in using a computer once or twice a day - and that only because the facebook app on my iPhone doesn't offer all of the same abilities as the online version...so, on to twitter...and, read these in order...

some other benefits:
  • i use it to update quickly a "news" type item on our conference blog
  • i use it to ask questions of people that i'd never have access to otherwise
  • i use it to pray for others and ask others to pray for me (as i did this morning for my son...it posted to facebook and people prayed - he's better now - prayer works...twittter works...God used these two tools to answer prayer and bring healing to my son
  • i use it to be encouraged by what others are doing in ministry
  • i use it to learn - finding interesting articles that others link to that i'd otherwise never find
  • i use it to stay in touch - hopefully, moreso now with family and friends - my sister is on twitter and thanks to that fact, i know that my niece decided to use her cup of applesauce as a "scrub" for bathing this morning...just a glimpse into their lives while seperated by a couple hundred miles - priceless!
  • finally, i use it to hear from God...through the Body. yes, there have been times when i've read a tweet (a post from a twitter account user) and it has encouraged me, challenged me, or even ended up as a quote that i re-tweeted because it spoke volumes to me...
  • God can use twitter - just be careful that twitter doesn't become your god (or any technology)
i've posted a video that better explains...i suggest you watch it first!

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