In 2009, I joined the Twitterverse. And when I did, I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know beans from peas about how to use the tool.
I learned by imitation. I watched three or four people who used Twitter — all of whom were fellow authors — and I followed their example.
What I didn’t realize is that they didn’t have much of a clue either.
I later discovered that there is such a thing as “Twitter etiquette.”
One person in particular emailed me privately. In a gracious but straight-forward way, he pointed out my Twitter transgressions. (He had a lot of class to approach me the way he did, and I was grateful.)
So in the spirit of “do unto others,” I’m writing this post to pass on what I’ve learned. Some of these things are mistakes I’ve made myself. Others are things I intuitively knew were bad practices when I first started out, but I keep seeing people practice them.
I’m no expert on Twitter (I don’t know if such people exist), but I can pass on what I’ve learned and have observed.
As I’ve previously pointed out, Twitter is a great ministry tool. (See Twitter vs. Facebook: Reflections, Comparisons, and Ministry Perspective.)
But the fact is, many Christian authors and bloggers are guilty of some of these same mistakes. So if you — or others you know — practice these things, feel free to share this post with them. Hopefully, they will be as grateful as I was.[Continue Reading…]