I actually like a couple things about Twitter. Anything with a link attached to it is nice... people sharing information.
But there is such a thing as too much information (TMI). Transparency is a good and necessary thing, especially for Christians. But, some of the transparency people put forth really bothers me. Call it hypocritical, but I expect more out of persons in authority than I do from average Joe. I don't want to post or tweet things that my students would think less of me for. It's okay if they say "He's a dork," but not okay if they say "He's a bad example of __________."
Example #1: What people are listening to, usually posting their playlist.
One of my pastors was just listening to Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls," which he added to his own Blip.fm online radio station for everyone to listen to, and felt that was significant enough to tell everyone via Twitter. I would rather have not known that. I see pastors tweeting songs and advertising albums that I'd rather pastors not listen to.
Does it make me a hypocrite if I listen to those songs? Maybe. Maybe I expect my pastor to be less of a sinner than I am? (Music is a bad example because I really don't listen to any).
Example #2: What people are spending their money on.
Some pastors seem to spend a lot of money at Starbucks. Is it harsh of me to prefer a pastor to buy cheap coffee because that's what I do?
One specific pastor recently accepted donations because he didn't have enough money for an important item during an emergency. However, Twitter indicates that this pastor goes to Starbucks every day. If we assume he's paying $5 a visit to Starbucks and visiting 5 days a week then this comes out to about $1300 a year. That's money he could have used instead of asking for donations. If he were to switch to 74 cent gas station refills, he could save hundreds of dollars...
This is the type of thinking I pound into my Personal Financial Planning students. Maybe this pastor has properly budgeted the $5 a day and it isn't a problem. But knowing that he recently had a financial shortfall, it would help me feel better if I saw him tightening his belt, you know? I see this a lot.
Example #3: Random "here I am" tweets.
I don't want to know that you're in the bathroom, or looking at a menu, or stuck in traffic unless that affects me directly (ie: letting me know there's a traffic jam ahead that I should avoid). I could repost that video I linked to a few weeks ago that sums this up.
Am I guilty of this? Yes, I am. Very few of my recent tweets have links in them. And I'm sorry.