New Twitter Account: @sogospelblog

Twitter isn’t my thingβ€”for the same reason this site is.

I don’t think in 140 characters; I think in complete sentences. Virtually every attempt to draft a tweet on my personal account ends in frustration, with three or four drafts required to chop a thought into a single sentence fragment. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don’t.

But I’ve known that some people like following breaking news headlines via Twitter feeds. Wes Burke set up an account for his blog, here, and that inspired me to do the same…even though I don’t care for the site. But if that’s how you like getting your news, you can follow it here: http://twitter.com/sogospelblog.


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15 Letters to the Editor

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  1. You can set it up to ping Twitter each time you post to your blog. It helps get the word out.
    As far as longer tweets, twitlonger.com is a good tool.

    • Done already – I wouldn’t have set this up without it being able to do that automatically. πŸ™‚

      However, had that not been already done, I would certainly have appreciated that advice, so thanks for the mention!

  2. Aaron is right. You can post whatever you want here, and have it automatically go to Twitter without you ever having to personally tweet it.

  3. But doesn’t “tweeting” what you posted kinda clutter up the Twitter interface? And facebook too for that matter?

    I guess this is why companies are starting to hire social media coordinators…to handle this aspect for them.

    Initially I wanted there to be separate information on each interface, but I guess this is part of giving the people what they want. πŸ™‚

    • That’s why I set up entirely separate pages just for this site. Apparently some people like following their headlines on Facebook and Twitter, and this is for them. If people want to just follow me, apart from this, that’s an option on both sites.

  4. Count me out … (Positive commentary, you know, so that you won’t think I’m one of the people pressuring you to … twitter.) So far I’ve resisted subscribing to any twittering.

    I guess my thought is that we as a society seem to be shifting our focus to instant info, although it is automatically going to lack the depth and analysis that slower, more reflective sources will bring. It really didn’t change my life that I found out about Jason Waldroup’s leaving GV a few hours later than those folks who had (Blackberry’s? Blackberries? Blackberrys?). Even AP news articles – I am positive that they sometimes have pre-written news articles and “analysis” for both possible outcomes of important votes or other cliff-hanger news. I’ve seen those articles up within minutes of the happening. And even their normal news is plagued by errors which even a basic proof-reading should have caught.

    (Parenthesis: Here’s a fun spoof item for your blogging that just occurred to me – Writing up obituaries seems a little macabre, so how about preparing news reports ahead of time for group membership changes or whatever.)

    Excuse my rant. I am allowing myself to post it here because I know that you and I really are pretty much on the same page. Also because I’ve been really enjoying this article for the last day or two – I even emailed it to a couple of friends, which I don’t do unless I am pretty sure they’ll enjoy it.

    [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is down and has been deleted.] (Facebook and Twitter are Turning my Brain to Mush)

    • I sound kind of grouchy, don’t I? :&

      • Amy, not a problem. As I said in the post, I don’t really care for the whole twittering fad, either. (Here’s hoping it’s a fad.) But, fad or here to stay, I’ve picked up that some people like getting their headlines that way, so I just thought I’d set it up for them.

  5. My sweet mother has a dim view of twitter. “I think,” she says, “that it’s just so ridiculous when you hear about GROWN MEN…’tweeting.'” πŸ˜€

    • Is it less ridiculous if I have software to do it for me? πŸ˜›

      • Sure, and you don’t really count anyway because you’re not really heart and soul devoted to it anyway. πŸ˜› I suspect she would approve of twitlonger as well. πŸ˜‰

      • Good.

  6. So is this feed just for headlines? You’re not tying yourself down to sit around and scour the net for bite-size news pieces that you can twitter several times a day? I get that. (But I’m still running for my life, so I’m gonna stay obstinate here.)

    And I really don’t feel grouchy. Anyone who has a secret (OK, not very secret) longing for an iPhone has no business feeling grouchy about somebody using Twitter. πŸ˜†

    • Yeah, it’s just for people who want to get the headlines via Twitter. πŸ™‚

  7. COUNT ME IN! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Twitter is like any other communication tool which can be used for good or evil. (Not meaning lierally good or evil although that applies-I mean what you get out of it depends on how you use it.)