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Meet the first Italian Priest who opened a Twitter Account

2013-04-14

FR. ANTONIO SPADARO 

Director, La Civiltà Cattolica Magazine
"I joined Twitter in 2007 when Twitter was still taking its first steps. I was struck by this style of communication, which got popular very quickly.” 

His name is Antonio Spadaro. He is a priest and also the director of a magazine titled Civiltà Cattolica. He has authored different successful books and blogs on Theology, the Internet and Twitter

FR. ANTONIO SPADARO 
Director, La Civiltà Cattolica Magazine
"The idea of dedicating myself to Theology and the web came about a long time ago. I had begun to write about these topics in Civiltà Cattolica since 1999, but I hadn't given it much thought. But then I realized that all types of religious topics were on the web. I then realized that people frequently express their religious needs on the internet.” 

His last works include Cybertheology and Twitter Theology, where he compares the 140 character rule to a "Haiku,” the Japanese traditional poem with similar length. 

FR. ANTONIO SPADARO 
Director, La Civiltà Cattolica Magazine 
"It's not by chance that Haikus are very successful. This Japanese form of poetry has few syllables, but has a high poetic level, capable of evoking imagination. Deep down, the Bible itself is divided into verses. Twitter can be in this sense very interesting because in our daily lives we can use it to pick up on brief messages, but that have deep meanings in our lives.” 

As a social media expert, he claims that the secret to success in Twitter is to make brief messages that allow the reader to unlock greater knowledge, in his case, using theology and the Christian message to cross boundaries. 


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