1. I deepen my relationship with some of my “real” friends who are on Twitter. Of course, I miss a lot that they post but I find myself a bit more in touch with those friends and family members who post. I also find Twitter helpful in keeping up with people I’ve met briefly at a conference, church or through mutual friends. Being able to keep a little communication going enables me to pick up the relationship the next time we meet.
2. I learn from some “famous” people such as other pastors or writers. @NickKristof, @drantbradley, @EugeneCho, @RickWarren and many others keep bringing new ideas to my mind.
3. Keep up with or find news, blogs and articles that are interesting. I follow some bloggers who might catch my interest with their newest blog post. I also learn about other articles online because many people tweet links to interesting items.
4. Because I am pastoring @NewCityIPC, I want to learn about people in Shepherd’s Bush in West London. Therefore, I follow people i don’t know who have connections in the community to get window into their world.
5. I want to encourage people to grow in their faith, to develop a passion for sacrificially loving others and to develop a broad understanding of the world God has created. I therefore tweet to help people gain a deeper understanding of the gospel, cities, church based mercy ministry, multicultural relationships and anything else I find interesting.
6. I research things quickly on twitter – news items, local events, people, etc. For example: a while back there was a helicopter flying over our neighborhood. Why? Searched and found police where looking for someone who had stabbed a policeman.
7. I just enjoy learning. With Twitter, I’m always discovering little tidbits of information about our world.
Obviously, you are welcome to follow me @LondonHatch.