Twitter: DMs, Hashtags, Mentions, Favorites, and RTs| Tech Help for Churches

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Short for “direct message.” This is how you speak privately with others on Twitter. For it to be a two-way conversation, each party needs to follow the other.

Prefaced by the pound symbol “#”. Used in two ways, hashtags either allow other to communicate about the same thing or allow people to make comment on the tweet they’re sending.

Mentions (aka “@ replies”)
A more public way to talk to someone on Twitter. If the tweet starts with the “@username” syntax, only people following both parties will see it. To get around this, people often preface conversations with a “.” before the @.

Used either to bookmark a way to show approval. Not as big a sign of approval as a RT because only the person who favorites it and the original poster knows about it.

Retweets (aka RTs)
Shows that you like a tweet. Shares a person with all of those who follow you an spreads their message. Used to use “RT” but now just uses a dedicated RT button in the twitter interface. Also, a good way to filter followers who retweet things you object to.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.