Some things you probably shouldn’t tweet

There are some things that would be better left un-twittered.

I recently saw a tweet extolling the virtues of the tweeters current boss. Something like this: “So refreshing to work under wise Godly leadership.”

My first thought was: “That’s true. It’s great to work in a life giving environment.” I knew the pastor he was currently working for. The assessment was right on.

My second thought was: “I wonder how this is landing with his former employer?” I knew him too. Great guy. Wise and Godly also. Apparently not so much – at least not in the eyes of the tweeter. His experience working for my friend had apparently left him somewhat less “refreshed“. In less than 140 characters he had dissed him to the world (at least to the twitter followers who knew of his work history). Maybe he didn’t mean too, but that’s the sum result.

 

Always T.H.I.N.K. before you tweet.think_before_you_tweet

T – Is it true?
H – Is it helpful?
I – Is it inspiring?
N – Is it necessary?
K – Is it kind?

He probably didn’t think twice about it.

He should have.

Think twice, tweet once.

You owe it to your followers.

Have you ever seen something that probably shouldn’t have been tweeted?

Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

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6 comments
Josh
Josh

Hey Greg, love it. I will repost this link for sure. People tweeting or facebook posting (or simply speaking things) without enough consideration is scary.

Cheri Scharbert
Cheri Scharbert

I definitely need to follow this advice. Thank you for sharing this.

Bonnie
Bonnie

And thus we live in a world where we are judged and we also judge. Thank you for sharing Pastor Greg Bonnie Walker

Chris Russo
Chris Russo

I'm on the fence when it comes to people voicing that they had a terrible guest experience with an organization. I appreciate the transparency but it seems like less than an ideal way to communicate with that organization that you did not feel well-served. May be ok though...not sure.

Eric Speir
Eric Speir

This is a great thought. I work in ministry and at a college and I'm constantly trying to be mindful of the things I say online. Our words have more power than we think.