Twitter Rankings

Lesley has put together the Twurch of England rankings for the month.  Who has been a good tweeter?  Who has been a bad tweeter?  How does the “quality of your interaction” with others rate? 

I find twitter is a fantastic medium for sharing information, resources and ideas.  It is a place for me to interact with the world outside my office even when I am tied to my desk.  It is a place where I have started to make good friendships with people I have never met through our shared common experiences.  I am currently grabbing a couple of seconds to type this whilst listening to a speech by Rowan Williams about fresh expressions in between printing academic articles I need to read for a meeting tomorrow and a PCC meeting this evening.  I better make The Good Doctor her tea as well!!  Social media constantly bombards me with information I can engage with if and when I choose.

I am fascinated by the way the church interacts with this fast changing world in which we find ourselves.  For some it is considered essential interaction with the digital age.  For others it is considered “not the done thing”.  For some, they consider it “essential” interaction whilst simultaneously feeling guilty that it is “time wasting”.  “Essential-interactive-time-wasting”?  How does that work?

Whilst all this virtuality continues to go on, I visited someone in hospital and conversed in the real world.  I dropped another couple of virtual self esteem points in the process. 

Sometimes switching off the targeting computer and blowing up The Death Star is a necessary part of a priestly calling.  Remember that the force will be with you always.


3 Responses

  1. I think the guilt comes from feeling like the grown ups are in charge and think we should be spending our time visiting folks in real life and having afternoon tea with Lady Penelope and organising the village fete… whilst we feel in our hearts that we need to engage with people in different ways.

  2. There is a conflict between the grown ups who believe we should engage and the grown ups who believe it’s not the done thing. I guess that this external conflict is what leads to our inner conflict.

  3. I think Rudyard Kipling probably applies to Twitter as to a lot of other things in ministry – ‘I you can tweet with triumph and disaster, and tweet those 2 imposters just the same…’ 😉

    The point of all this online ‘stuff’ in terms of ministry is connection and relational. Nobody checks your Klout score before they decide to interact with you.

    You should use Twitter and all other social media as much or as little as makes sense within your own particular context and calling.

    At the moment as I’m licensed to work online it’s a bit of a no brainer for me. Obviously I see the www as a think that deserves attention or I wouldn’t be spending a large part of my ministry engaging with it.

    However I don’t think anyone should have to apologise for not spending time online!

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