Tweeting: Changing How People Experience General Conference

by | Oct. 03, 2013

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For most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, general conference weekend is a change of pace from typical Sunday worship, but for one virtual congregation, conference weekend is prime time.

The unofficial #twitterstake — a hashtag that plays on the Mormon term "stake," or geographic group of congregations — is used by some LDS social media users who converse online year-round about church themes and topics on Twitter, the social networking website oriented to brief messages and immediate updates.

At conference time, however, these and many other church members shift into hyperdrive, sending tweets throughout the meetings as they happen. The messages are little bursts — limited to 140 characters — of commentary, quotations and themes.

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