Flashback: The First Tweets of Some Religious Leaders
Religious leaders are powerhouses on Twitter with more engaged followers than most celebrities, the New York Times has reported.
Itâ€™s been eight years since Twitter entered our lives, and to honor of that day, Twitter allowed users to find their first tweet. You can find your first tweet here. We took a look at how some religious leaders said hello to Twitter for the first time.
California megachurch pastor Rick Warren tweeted what we were all wondering as we joined the new social network.
2 tweet or not 2 tweet? I fear the narcissistic possibility, but canâ€™t pass up any tool to encourage you! Jumping in! .
â€” Rick Warren (@RickWarren) July 13, 2009
Just over a year ago after his papal appointment, Pope Francis asked for prayers.
Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis.
â€” Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 17, 2013
But! It wasnâ€™t the first tweet from the @Pontifex account. Pope Benedict XVI first tweeted, â€ťDear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.â€ť
Perhaps one of the most retweeted first tweets was from Tim Keller, who joined just over a year ago.
My son is making me do this.
â€” Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) March 25, 2013
Similarly, popular Bible teacher and author Beth Moore is likely blaming her daughter Amanda Jones for getting her on twitter.
OK.I said I wasn’t going to do this. I lied. It’s AJ’s fault. Warning:I may do things just to tweet them. Cannot be trusted.
â€” Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) June 15, 2010
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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Sarah Pulliam Bailey