Tuesday, August 11, 2009

    Youth Ministry Alert: Teens Don't Tweet


    Anyone surprised by these findings suggesting that most teens just aren't interested in Twitter? Anyone using Twitter effectively in your ministry?

    11 comments:

    tie.crawler said...

    Not too surprised. My rule of thumb is, if NPR is doing it, then teens likely aren't.

    Twitter has always seemed to be a good way to get short bursts of info out to a lot of people, but that's good for companies, not teens - and as far as teenagers are concerned, it simply duplicates what Facebook already does.

    Jason said...
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    jasonthedce said...

    Two valuable uses for Twitter in my ministry:

    1. It's becoming a source of encouragement/learning as I follow other leaders and learn from them in short, 140 character bits. As a rule, I don't follow many of the "I'm going to the store" type Twitter users.

    2. My Twitter account is linked to my Facebook status updates, which keeps me from having to update things in two places. I'm still on Facebook often, but this system has worked for me.

    Tripp said...

    i have youth that tweet. i think they all have facebook and look at it all day on their phone so twitter wouldn't do too much.

    most of my youth who have graduated the last two years now twitter.

    Brian said...

    I also use Twitter as a way to keep up with those who are posting useful links to youth ministry resources and websites. I'm not suprised that teens aren't really attracted to Twitter as it is more a way to share information and less a tool for social interaction in the way that someone might use Facebook or MySpace.

    Nikomas Perez said...

    Our students in St. Charles Missouri just jumped on to it. At first no one used it. Then me and the other youth minister started using it for our personal benefit. Before we knew it we went from 1 student using to over 40 students. It's now an important part of our website: www.Hsmweb.com

    Nikomas
    www.Nikomas.com

    Kensapp said...
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    Kensapp said...

    Not many youth use twitter, but I use it to keep up to date with what youth ministers around the world are doing in their own youth groups as well as in youth related news. I also use it to share my many years of youth ministry wisdom and tips with others and to link to things that I like both for myself and for others @youthideas

    Ken Tram said...

    Yeah all I do is link up my personal tweets to my facebook account. NONE of my youth has twitter...they mostly have facebook and myspace.

    Gies said...

    I use it mainly to update facebook from my "no data plan" phone.

    Andy said...

    Our ministry staff use Twitter to post live updates while we're out on retreats and on events. The tweets get translated to posts on a Wordpress blog. Keeps parents involved in what we're doing and gives our students a great way to look back at what took place.