Wednesday, May 6, 2009

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

Twitter seems to be all the rage. 140 characters to tell the world what you are currently doing. I'm torn between the novelty of it and the absurdity of it! Do people really need to know that I am drinking coffee and reading the paper (and do they really care!)

I know that I tend to be on the side of new technology, but I just don't know. Are we getting to the point where will never even bother to pick up the phone and call someone we care about?

I see some interesting possibilities on the other hand for the church, but only with the people who are willing to embrace the technology. What if all the shut-ins were able to "tweet" that they are OK? It would be a way to make sure everyone was accounted for in pastoral care. But is that really pastoral care? People need people, not just 140 character messages. Tweeting is fine, but when was the last time a phone, PDA, or computer gave you a hug?

I guess all I am trying to say is this. The decision to "tweet" or not to "tweet" is a personal decision based on how you look at the world. For me, I'm still undecided as to whether to embrace the technology (and find a way to make it work in ministry) or just to say, enough is enough!

1 comment:

Rosella said...

I am still trying to figure out Facebook and the Farm has me baffled. So I am going to be tweeterless. I would rather have a hug or a phone call. Though, it is nice to see what the family is up to on Facebook. Our focus seems to be on the screen. There are pretty flowers out there to contemplate.