Why did you initially join Twitter?
I initially joined Twitter in October 2008 because my best friend, a techie, wouldn’t stop talking about it.
How did you get involved with the Jewish community on Twitter?
After spending the first few months barely using the account, I began to use it for political stuff (which became my job!)
How has Twitter’s Jewish community changed your life?
I’ve met amazing people and expanded my Jewish social network incredibly. I even spent last Shabbat at @hsabomilner‘s house with her husband – I never would have known them without Twitter!
What are the most interesting Jewish conversations taking place in your Twitter feed?
I like the crowd-sourcing aspect of the Jewish Twitter community – that you can ask about a hechsher or a restaurant or davening times, and instantly get a lot of opinions. I dislike when people try to have halachic discussions on Twitter – they are impossible to have and follow in 140 characters, especially when tagging the 30 people that end up chiming in.
Who are your favorite Jewish tweeters?
I love the Kosher foodie community – I even made a list of the best of the best: https://twitter.com/#!/bethanyshondark/kosher-foodies
What’s the most interesting or out-of-the-box way you have used Twitter?
I love crowd sourcing opinions on hechshers; I’m surprised at how often people agree.
Follow Bethany Shondark Mandel on Twitter @bethanyshondark.