In recent weeks, quite a few Catholics I have met at my parish seminars and at conferences around the country have asked me what I think about the social networking tool known as Twitter, what it is, and whether it's worth using. In fact, a good number of you who follow this blog have started "following" me on Twitter. I tell those who ask that Twitter can be a very useful communications tool, when used properly, or it can be just another worthless form of self-broadcasting with no other purpose than to tell people what you're doing at any given moment.
Since I have been using Twitter for the past 3 months or so, I can say that I definitely put myself in the former category.
Like I did when I started using Twitter a little over 3 months ago, a lot of you have (or will) start off wondering what exactly Twitter is and what it does and why anyone would bother with it. This is normal, and it will pass.
To help you make more sense out of why Twitter is such a useful and potentially beneficial tool, especially for Catholics around the world who want to be in communication across time and space (which is actually the only kind of communication we humans can engage in, this side of eternity), here's a link to a helpful article that does a good job of explaining the basics of Twitter, including answering the perenniel question, "What is Twitter, anyway?"
Well, check this out: http://www.clicknewz.com/1385/twitter
Now, please note that I don't use Twitter to tell people on my network what I'm doing at any given moment (as some people do). That's just a nuisance that normal, busy people, like you and I, don't need. That's why I don't post the mundane details of my life. Rather, I use Twitter to instantaneously communicate news, information, updates, happenings, prayer requests, etc., to my network.
If you follow me on Twitter, you'll get the important things — 140 characters at a time — not riff-raff stuff. I promise.
Oh, and since I am steadily building an ever-expanding network of Catholics, once you've read up on the benefits of Twitter, please join my network. Set up your free Twitter account (it's quick and easy, then add "patrickmadrid" to the "find people" search bar, and "follow" me. I'll take it from there.
Like the old Alka-Seltzer commercial used to say, "Try it. You'll like it." I certainly do.