Saturday, June 1, 2013

More Twitter love and hate

I think another Twitter review is in order here.  I really do like Twitter.  I suppose, similar to blogging, there could be a variety of reasons one is on Twitter.  They say that tweeting is like micro-blogging and that seems to be a good way of putting it.

So, for starters, I only "follow" accounts that I personally know, or if someone "follows" me first and I determine that they are not a robot (spambot), organization (unless I know them), and someone with quasi-beliefs (they must at least be a Christian).  Twitter is about conversation (tweets).  Therefore, if I elect to "follow" someone, and they don't "converse" with me, then I don't see the point of remaining a "follower."  But that is just me.  It ties in very closely as to why I am on Twitter, which is to stay connected with people that I care about.  If I do want to "follow" someone who has no interest in returning the favor then I may choose to utilize the "list" section and just watch their updates (twitter feeds) that way.  The list option is great!  I really like it and I use it a lot. By the way you can also subscribe to my list and others by selecting "subscribe."  ALSO, strange but true, you can also see if you, yourself, have been added to someone's listing.  Whatever may be, follow wisely, and list wisely!

I like the idea of "hashtaging" a tweet (# followed by a topic or thought - which then pools all the tweets into an undisclosed area, kidding, into a space where everyone who is interested in that topic can see others with similar interest).  For me, I just like to group my morning Bible tweets and take a look at them at the end of the week.  My morning Bible verse tweets are divided into three themes, doctrine, devotional, & discipleship (I like to think of it as Bible Tweets 3D).  Sometimes, admittedly, they do seem to over lap, but generally speaking, I try to keep them rolling like that.  I use a social media management tool called Hootsuite to set up my AM Bible Tweets ahead of time which automatically tweets for me.  I think that my AM Bible tweets have been a blessing.  I gauge that by the various feedback that I have gotten from my "followers."  Twitter is about "adding value" to those who follow you.  This is one way, I think, I can accomplish that.

Okay, I like it when I get "retweeted" - It makes me feel good.  But I don't tweet with that as a goal.  I do like to "retweet" items which I think would be a blessing to my followers.  But there comes a point when "retweeting" becomes obnoxious.  I don't care to "retweet" men and movements that are on the opposite spectrum of my belief system (even if they have some brilliant ray of truth that can inspire and motivate - this makes me even sadder, bec.  they should have an even more brilliant light, the Bible, which should have guided them into perfect truth or better truth - this is my way of saying, they should know better to do what they are doing).  But then again, that is just me.  I don't care what others, that I "follow" retweet about, but after a while they can get to be a nuisance, therefore and thankfully, you can always go to their profile section and select "turn off retweets."  What a blessing!  Don't be an abuser, retweet in moderation.  Then there are other things like modified tweets (MT) which is neat, but I still really don't know how to properly do it.  Then there is also the "old school" retweeting process (RT) which, I like bec. of added interaction, but it is so much easier to just hit the retweet button.

 I can say more, but I will have to leave it be for now.  Please don't forget that you can "follow" me on Twitter @hardecker.  Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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