“Tweet the Exodus”

Yes, we know that Twitter is probably just about over. And still, we have a bit of fun seeing what people are tweeting. We change the topic on the “Live Tweets” gadget on the Boulder Jewish News home page almost every day, to give you a little taste of what it is and how it’s used in the Jewish world. This week we’ve already checked in on the Young Leadership Conference in Boston and a “twitter party” with Chef Jeff Nathan. Apparently, the Wall Street Journal noticed too. Here’s a link to the just-published article about new ways to make Passover more engaging (includes song lyrics!):

“Tweet the Exodus” started a little slowly on Tuesday (Rosh Chodesh), but seems to be picking up. Moses is already in the basket, floating down the Nile.  To follow along, check the gadget frequently. You can use the scroll bar to move down the thread of tweets; the most recent show up at the bottom unless there’s a lot of tweet traffic, then they may be at the top (sorry that’s a little confusing).

Here’s another link, to FrumeSarah’s blog, with her take:

How do we understand the Exodus? And what if we were to experience the Exodus in our own day, in our own time? And how would we transmit the story? We’ve moved beyond tablets. I, for one, would have tweeted it!

I’m not entirely sure we’ve moved beyond tablets, but since the iPads haven’t shipped yet, this is what we have to work with. If there’s a link in a tweet, go ahead and click on it, that’s part of the fun (links are in blue, start with “http://” and go to other websites). You’ll recognize the cast of characters by their twitter names (also in blue and if it has the @ sign in front that means it’s a “retweet,” which is like forwarding an email to everyone you know). For now, we’ve set it up to follow just the Tweet The Exodus stream, though we may switch that to pull all tweets that mention TweetTheExodus (which means you would see the story tweets as well as whatever other people say about the tweets. Right now they’re mostly pretty excited about the Wall Street Journal article, which is a little distracting but oh so cool anyway). Since spring break is next week, this might just be the most topical thing happening in the Jewish twitter world. On the other hand, Israel’s latest PR _____ (insert your own noun here, depending on your viewpoint) may “tweet up”. We’ll do our best to stay current.

Of course – if you’re on Twitter, go ahead and follow @TweetTheExodus.  And if you’re not on Twitter, you can still visit http://twitter.com/tweettheexodus to keep up (should work even without a user account. It won’t bite. You can check it out).  For an overview of Twitter (in case you don’t know but think that now is actually the time to find out), we posted this piece back in November:  “Live Tweets – What?.” Enjoy! For more Passover links – click here.

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