Sometimes wild obedience isn’t a dramatic “yes” or “no.” Sometimes it’s signing up for a social media platform you don’t understand, because some part of you knows that it can be used to build community, increase engagement, and – best of all – glorify God.
That’s how Twitter started for me. I signed up (March 5, 2009 according to Twitonomy) because I’m an early adopter and love all things new and shiny. I didn’t care that I didn’t understand it, couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to try to type in less than 140 characters. I’d been on Facebook for as long as it had been around – back when it was only for college students, and I knew that social media could be a great place to connect.
And then I did everything wrong. I actually followed all those celebrities that Twitter recommends. I had no idea what to post, who to follow, how to connect it to my blog, or how to make my voice heard in huge crowd. I’m pretty sure I thought it was ok to be an “egg” for longer than it’s actually socially acceptable.
That’s exactly the history of Twitter you thought you would hear from me, right? Somehow, by the grace of God and the humor of the internet, I have nearly 3,000 followers on a social media platform I used to hate. I spend more time on Twitter than any other channel (Instagram is inching closer), and it’s my absolute favorite way to connect, encourage, and share all of the awesome you can find on the interwebs.
Along the way, I’ve learned a few things about how to make the Twittersphere a little less intimidating, a little less cold, and a little more fun. Today I’m sharing a couple of those on the Declare Conference podcast (oh y’all. Even if you don’t care about Twitter tips, listen all the way to the end because Heather “might”…ahem…have included a blooper section. If I’m good for nothing else, you can count on me for a blooper. Or an inexplicably long discussion on cowboy boots.)
I’ll give you a sneak peek into the first tip: “Don’t Be An Egg” – yep. That’s right. If you are new to Twitter, your first avatar is a generic egg. Twitter. Tweets. Birds. Eggs. See – it all makes sense. Go change it to a photo of you. Not your cat, not your feet, not something with a bunch of teeny tiny words that no one can read anyway. A beautiful photo of YOU! It helps others know who they’re chatting with and makes you a lot less likely to be viewed as spam. Then head over to the Declare Conference podcast and listen for a few other tips – and if you’re going to Declare (yay! did you see that Cracker Barrel is a sponsor? I’ve died and gone to artery-clogging biscuit and gravy heaven) be sure to come hang out with me at my session on “Building Authentic Community” – I love talking about all of this & how we can be wildly obedient to God in it.
What are your Twitter questions? I’d love to answer them!