Why did you initially join Twitter?
I had heard buzz that there was a new thing online and I wanted to check it out. Initially my Twitter account was private, and I just watched how everyone else was using Twitter to interact. After a month or so I just jumped into the fray, 4 months later I made my account public.
How did you get involved with the Jewish community on Twitter?
Having a Jewish-themed blog and following those other JBlogs, I knew who was out there in the Jewish Cybersphere. We just all started talking to each other.
How has Twitter’s Jewish community changed your life?
I have met so many wonderful people through the power of social media. When I was in Israel last summer, I arranged a Tweet Up for the #Twitpacha so I could meet some of the Israeli contingent. Over 50 people showed up!! I have made such deep connections to some of these people, and count some as close friends.
What are the most interesting Jewish conversations taking place in your Twitter feed?
I love the discussions about halacha vs minhag, I love knowing about what’s new in the kosher world being that I tweet for @joyofkosher too. The #ShabbatShaloms on a Friday warm my heart.
Who are your favorite Jewish tweeters?
Well… @noahroth and @marksofla always make things interesting, @efink tweets about law, Judaism and sports, @melschol and @thdpr tweet about religion, and have wonderful female perspective, and @bethanyshondark keeps me up to date politically.
What’s the most interesting or out-of-the-box way you have used Twitter?
I outsource the kids’ questions. If they come home telling me that their rabbi said XYZ but they thought the answer was more ABC – I have turned to Twitter for responses. I don’t know if they go in to school the next day and say my Mom’s twitter friends disagree with you, Rabbi….
Follow Hadassah Sabo Milner @hsabomilner and read her blog, In the Pink.