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BY JASMINE BAILEY


Pope Benedict the 16th sent his first tweet on Wednesday morning. Here’s WPRI.


“Using a tablet at the Vatican he sent out his first tweet about an hour ago and it reads: ‘Dear Friends, I am please to get in touch with you through twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all out you from my heart.’”


USA Today reports, about an hour later he wrote his second tweet— answering the question "How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?”
Benedict replied: "By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need."


Since he’s started tweeting the pope has been getting about 1,000 followers a minute— he now has almost 730,000. But the pope is only following seven people and they’re all— the pope? Yup, but each of his accounts is in a different language. And according to an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek a spokesperson for the pope said:


“The choice between following and not following was partly because we noticed the Dalai Lama didn’t follow anyone…How do you decide who... you follow? That’s one reason why Facebook, where you have to consciously decide who is and who isn’t a friend, wouldn’t be the best medium….”


But a writer for TechCrunch notes even with just a Twitter account, the Catholic Church is making some big strides.


“The Pope’s first tweet is a watershed moment for social media — as the old top-down ways of communicating, that are still all too often favored by establishment institutions such as the Catholic Church, are shown again and again to be unworkable in a hyper connected age. Ignoring the place where people are choosing to communicate — and also to criticize — is no longer a viable option.”


According to the Associated Press, the pope stresses that “his tweets aren't to be considered infallible teachings but merely pearls of wisdom in the pope's own words.” And in case you were wondering, no, the 85-year-old isn’t the oldest Twitter user in the world — this lady is...

One Hundred four-year-old Ivy Bean from Bradford, England.

 

Pope Benedict XVI Tweets for First Time

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Dec 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI Tweets for First Time

 


Image: Technorati 



BY JASMINE BAILEY


Pope Benedict the 16th sent his first tweet on Wednesday morning. Here’s WPRI.


“Using a tablet at the Vatican he sent out his first tweet about an hour ago and it reads: ‘Dear Friends, I am please to get in touch with you through twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all out you from my heart.’”


USA Today reports, about an hour later he wrote his second tweet— answering the question "How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?”
Benedict replied: "By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need."


Since he’s started tweeting the pope has been getting about 1,000 followers a minute— he now has almost 730,000. But the pope is only following seven people and they’re all— the pope? Yup, but each of his accounts is in a different language. And according to an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek a spokesperson for the pope said:


“The choice between following and not following was partly because we noticed the Dalai Lama didn’t follow anyone…How do you decide who... you follow? That’s one reason why Facebook, where you have to consciously decide who is and who isn’t a friend, wouldn’t be the best medium….”


But a writer for TechCrunch notes even with just a Twitter account, the Catholic Church is making some big strides.


“The Pope’s first tweet is a watershed moment for social media — as the old top-down ways of communicating, that are still all too often favored by establishment institutions such as the Catholic Church, are shown again and again to be unworkable in a hyper connected age. Ignoring the place where people are choosing to communicate — and also to criticize — is no longer a viable option.”


According to the Associated Press, the pope stresses that “his tweets aren't to be considered infallible teachings but merely pearls of wisdom in the pope's own words.” And in case you were wondering, no, the 85-year-old isn’t the oldest Twitter user in the world — this lady is...

One Hundred four-year-old Ivy Bean from Bradford, England.

 

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