I am honored to be a finalist in the 2013 About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards in the “Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter” category. Vote for me HERE or by clicking the image above. Thanks to all of you who voted for me already, to give me finalist status. I hope you will do so again for the finals.
For information on my thoughts about Twitter, read The Shorty Interview with Lisa Graas, embedded below for your convenience.
NOTE: Voting in the Shorty Awards ended yesterday. Please do not confuse the About.com awards with the Shorty Awards. I am posting the Shorty interview here FYI. To actually vote for me, vote on the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter page.
The Shorty Interview with Lisa Graas
What’s your best tweet?
With over 170,000 tweets already, it is too difficult to narrow this down to just one.
What are six things you could never do without?
The only things I could never do without are actually not things, but Persons – † Father, Son, Holy Spirit. †
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
Twitter is the second biggest referrer of traffic to my blog. Google search is first. Facebook is third.
What’s your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
What was the funniest trend you’ve seen?
What feature should Twitter add?
How about asking everyone who joins Twitter to follow me? Barring that, I think Twitter is doing a fine job already.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn’t?
The Passionist Nuns at http://www.passion…
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
I am averse to using “BTW” for “by the way.”
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn’t already? If so, who?
@Pontifex How cool would that be? Very cool.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
I have unfollowed people who send too many tweets on diverse topics close together. A conversation is fine, but don’t overload me.
Why should we vote for you?
You should vote for me because an important part of my Twitter experience is to promote the good that I see in others.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What’s the most interesting connection you’ve made through Twitter?
@RickSantorum – He’s a great guy.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
What inspires you to tweet?
Twitter is a universe of people. Contact with people inspires me because people themselves inspire me in who they are.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Yes! I appreciate it when people let me know. Sometimes I get carried away and it’s good to know when people are annoyed.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Be sure to send some tweets before following people who don’t know you. Introduce yourself through these tweets so people will follow back.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I have only ever had to go for three days without tweeting. It didn’t bother me.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Why did I join Twitter in the first place? Because I love trying new things.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
I am impressed by the development of many apps that make Twitter more useful and look forward to what developers continue to come up with.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@Pontifex – I really did not expect the Pope to ever join Twitter. He has pleasantly surprised me in doing so.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
@BruvverEccles brings me the most smiles and laughs on Twitter.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That Twitter is a waste of time. Twitter is actually a time saver as the quickest and easiest way to broadcast and obtain information.
Why should people follow you?
I do my best to interact with people of good will on Twitter instead of as a platform for myself. It’s not about me. It’s about all of us.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@Pontifex – There is only one Pope for over a billion people in the world who identify as Catholic.
How do you decide what to tweet?
The latest news of the day is big on my list. I also enjoy finding out what other Catholics are interested in and tweeting about that.
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
My main concern is in spiritual health. There is a lot of internal misery out there that seems like wasted suffering to me. Have faith!
How has social media helped bring your family closer together and #keepgoodgoing?
When my kids are away from home, Twitter is the way we communicate with each other.
Why’d you start tweeting?
I started tweeting because I love to try new things.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yes, Twitter has changed my life because it has allowed me to interact with people I would not otherwise have known.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Pray. Sometimes I invite people to pray the rosary online with me at comepraytherosary.org. I should do this more often.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Trolling and accidentally sending a tweet publicly that was supposed to have been sent privately via direct message.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Hopefully, people will have a better realization of God’s presence in their lives. This is my prayer.
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