A blogger I follow posted a really helpful blog about using twitter (along with twitpic and 12 seconds) to update parents and families from camp.
I’ve gone to many camps where I would send an email to parents every day, just to update them. I always wanted to include lots of pictures and stuff, but it just took time away from focusing on the kids. I’ve created a yahoo group, email groups, calling posts and even had my admin email parents after I’d call her. But using twitter and twitpic is perfect. You can tweet about individual kids, activities or whatever.
I can promise you this. Next summer I will be using twitter for camp updates, unless something else comes along… or Jesus comes back. 😉
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AND, if Jesus does come back…you can twitter about that also!:)
Hey! Glad I could help! I really just stumbled upon this idea, I figured I was using Twitter to let people know about what was going on in my life so why not just translate it to ministry. It was a huge hit with the parents!
Kenny do you know a way for parents who don’t twitter can read your tweets w/o having to sign up. Also Cell coverage at camp what’s that?
Yeah, that’s pretty easy. Google “twitter badges” and you can embed a twitter badge on a webpage or wherever so parents can just go to a webpage and read tweets. Good point about cell coverage. Depends on the camp. I’ve been at some that had decent coverage and others that didn’t.
Hey Ya’ll! Kenny and I had an interesting discussion and I thought I would post here. As I read blogs of friends and strangers, I notice a lot of people aren’t comfortable putting their kids’ real names on the net yet. They use alias names for their kids or abbreviations. I’m not sure how many parents would be comfortable having tweets about their kids for all to read. Kenny suggested a password protected site to alleviate any concerns. Love that idea.