Catholics need to learn better how to use the new media, new tools of social communication, and social networking.
(On that score, I renew my appeal that you please use early and often the sharing buttons on these entries. Thanks!)
I saw this at the blog of Paolo Rodari of the Italian Il Foglio.
It seems that Signor Rodari had a little time on his hands and he compared the number of Twitter followers of several Cardinals of Holy Catholic Church.
In the lead (to my dismay) is Card. Ravasi.
In testa c’è Ravasi, ma la new entry è Dolan
A guidare i cardinali su twitter è Ravasi (anche se Red Ronnie lo accusa di non ritwittare mai), ma la macchina comunicativa Timothy Dolan (l’ultimo a entrare) sale, come un fulmine.
1. Gianfranco Ravasi, 18.224 followers.
2. Odilo Scherer, 13.462 followers.
3. Angelo Scola, 7.025 followers.
4. Sean Patrick O’Malley, 3.672 followers.
5. Timothy Dolan, 2.060 followers.
6. Wilfrid Fox Napier, 1.202 followers.
Card. Dolan’s account seems top be very new.
He needs followers. And this is WHY….
I am convinced that because of this blog and you readers and the other Catholic bloggers who picked up the TIME 100 persons campaign, Card. Dolan wound up much higher on the list than he would have otherwise. TIME Magazine is hardly important anymore, but these lists are useful. I argued that, even as we admit that TIME is mostly irrelevant, it is better to be on the list than not. In fact, a couple days I heard the host of an evening analysis show on FNC refer to this list. Card. Dolan wound up higher on TIME’s list and I believe we made that happen.
So, I make this appeal to you. Please “follow” Card. Dolan on Twitter, not because his tweets are terribly interesting (so far they aren’t), but because he is the President of the USCCB in a time when the Obama Administration is waging a war on religious liberty. Push that number of followers up.
To “follow” Card. Dolan…
Send him a supportive tweet and tell him @fatherz sent you!
You saw that liberal catholics tried recently to use Twitter with a hashtag to divert attention from the real point of the CDF’s reforming efforts aimed at the LCWR. That Twitter-war was written about in major newspapers. You may say, “Oh that Twitter thing doesn’t interest me!”, but it is not nothing when it comes to current debates in the media and the dissemination of information. Twitter gets attention.
As we learn from baseball – the game God loves best (except perhaps when the Yankees win) – the slow aggregation of tiny advantages can over the period of a season lead to a winning record.
Oh yes… please “follow” me, too, @fatherz, if you haven’t already. Thanks!
Click the image, below. Will you help me get to 10k?