This morning on the news, it was announced that the Pope sent out his first “tweet” yesterday. I’m not really sure why, but I found the story, the idea of the Pope embracing social media, the photos of the Pope on an ipad, pretty much everything, quite amusing. Even though I blog and intermittently use Facebook, I have not taken on the whole Twitter thing. I don’t quite get its concept or its appeal. What I do know is the likes of Charlie Sheen, the “Octomom”, and various reality show participants use Twitter to give us a play-by-play of their insane lives or lob vicious attacks on each other. Regardless of my take on organized religion, I just don’t put the Pope into the same category as those public figures who have chosen to tweet.
On the other hand, with the scandals that have plagued the Catholic church and the decline in the number of people who practice Catholicism, maybe this is a smart move. Using social media to reach young people has worked in so many other cases.
What do you think? Should the Pope tweet or not?