7Nov

The 10 Commandments of Twitter

by Toni Birdsong

Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:10

  1. Help people. Add value with your tweets.
  2. Stop talking and listen; genuinely respond.
  3. Write clearly; check grammar; don’t write in all caps (caps = yelling).
  4. Keep it short; 120 characters or less (so you can max your RTs).
  5. Be consistent; build trust; stand out.
  6. Be an encourager; lift the passions and concerns of others.
  7. Don’t dictate; but facilitate conversation.
  8. Meet with others face-to-face; attend events off-line.
  9. Go. Tweet boldly; @ 2-6 times an hour.
  10. Don’t argue online. We are contenders for the faith, not defenders.

Did we miss anything? Go ahead and add to this list!

Post/Tweet this today:
Your online feed may be the only bible some people ever read. ~@stickyJesus #LiveSticky

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  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony J. Alicea

    I LOVE the contenders vs defenders point. Great list!

  • Anonymous

    This is great! I’m unsure about yelling though, I use it occasionally It can promote passion, but yet from a seminary students response this past weekend she said,

    You are not preforming for God you are being open to Gods transforming presence in your life and theirs as you serve them 

    Although if you use caps the “CapsCop” will also tell you to stop too.

    Number 6 is what we are all about! Being an encouragement! AMEN! Great post…

  • Anonymous

    Good points @yayjesusministries:disqus . I especially like the quote you included. Sometimes I’ll read a tweet and there’s even one or two capped words and I don’t want to RT because all caps is not my heart and I don’t want to take the time to change it. For passion, expressions, I use *askterix.* Thx for sharing! xo

  • Anonymous

    Good points @yayjesusministries:disqus . I especially like the quote you included. Sometimes I’ll read a tweet and there’s even one or two capped words and I don’t want to RT because all caps is not my heart and I don’t want to take the time to change it. For passion, expressions, I use *askterix.* Thx for sharing! xo

  • Anonymous

    @tonyjalicea:disqus … and it’s always so wonderful to see you! Thanks for dropping by. :)

  • Anonymous

    I agree completely, We are called to come softly, like Jesus, Will start using * * Thank you so much!

  • Anne Mann

    All good! Especially the verse!

  • http://www.refinedinchrist.com Phil

    Tweet in a timely manner maybe? I don’t know about you guys but I find it quite a pain when someone re-tweets 10 different tweets in the space of one minute. Hehe. Good post! Love the ones you have listed.

  • Anonymous

    Phil,
    This isn’t easy. Scheduling retweets is very time consuming.

  • Anonymous

    I like that one @f64473fb9a6847aca2601f02f670f2fa:disqus … the only problem is when you’ve been on twitter as long as we have (4yrs), the conversation increases so you run that risk as accounts age … gotta take the good with the bad — I know what you mean though! Good suggestion! :)

  • Anonymous

    @26ef9810161a5eaf0703298d01b3c3f0:disqus ….. thanks Anne! Love that you came by! Be blessed!

  • Anonymous

    Oh – just noticed you said RTs @f64473fb9a6847aca2601f02f670f2fa:disqus …. I agree. Minimize the RT. Space them out — no matter how inspired you are! :)