Monday, February 25, 2013

Let's start a Twitter storm to show our appreciation for the Pope. It's easy. Here's how you can help...

Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict has taught each of how to love Jesus just a little more. By resigning he is showing us humility. Let?s show our gratitude by starting a Twitter Storm when he steps down. I need?lots of participation, we need to send off thousands of Tweets to succeed. The goal is to have multiple terms trend globally.

I wanted to tell teens who may not otherwise be reached about the Pope and I thought that if we could occupy some of the top 10 trending terms on twitter, we might get some attention. If you have a twitter account, you can take part by writing tweets beforehand, writing live tweets, or retweeting like crazy.

Since his resignation is at 8pm Rome time, I think scheduling it right about then would be best. I?m going to schedule tweets and be on retweeting from 7:45 to 8:15 (assuming there is not a celebration in St. Peter?s Square which I may go to).

Some have suggested we start getting it trending on the 27 and try for all day and focus even more on the exact moment he steps down.

There is no sign-up for this activity, anyone can join. I want to post some instructions here.

8pm Rome Time Is?

7pm in the UK

2pm in EST (New York, Detroit, Miami)

1pm in CST (Chicago, Dallas, Winnipeg)

noon in MST (Calgary, Denver)

11am in PST (LA, Vancouver, Seattle)

What Terms? What?s Trending?

Twitter Trends

Twitter Trends

Whenever you go on?Twitter, there are the top ten hashtags trending globally on the left (see image). These have all kinds of meanings. I?ve seen everything from #JustinBeiberFollowMe to #StopTaiji (which is a dolphin hunt in Japan) trend to the top. while I was on. Nobody knows the formula but it seems that overused terms are disqualified from trending. People use #FB for Facebook all the time but it is never on the ?trending? list.

We have to get one hashtag trending to the top before switching.

Here is my suggested list to include. Each followed by a sample tweet (I think trending works better if have slightly different tweets so change them up; I am keeping them well below 140 characters so each can add a little):

First: #ThanksPontifex

#ThanksPontifex?for almost 8 years leading the #Catholic Church

#ThanksPontifex?for being a faithful witness to Christ

#ThanksPontifex?for building up the Catholic Faith

#ThanksPontifex for your humility @pontifex

#ThanksPontifex?you are in my prayers. #Pope #Catholic #BenedictXVI



If you know the following Languages:

#GraciasBenedictoXVI -?#GraciasBenedictoXVI por su servicio a la Iglesia #Catolica. #Papa

#GrazieBenedettoXVI -?#GrazieBenedettoXVI per tutto ci? che ha fatto per la Chiesa. #Papa

#GratiasBenedictoXVI ? #GratiasBenedictoXVI, era Papa vero in tempis duris.

How to Schedule Tweets

There are a number of programs that schedule Tweets. Each program is slightly different, but they all basically ask you to write a tweet then set a time. (You want to set most for 7:45 to 8:15pm Rome time Thursday.) I use Buffer every day, and I think the others listed here work. Buffer is a little different:?rather than scheduling each one, you set the times you will tweet on one tab then post a list of tweets to go out at those times in another.


Future Tweets:? includes scheduled tweets:?

All in one apps that include scheduled tweets:

HootSuite: ?


Please add more ideas, more model tweets, etc. in the comments. I will update this.


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