Communicating in 280 Characters

During the past 10 years, I’ve been on a journey – along with millions of other people in the 21st century – of social media involvement.

Since I joined Twitter in December 2008, it has been humbling and a privilege to watch numerical growth to more than 4,300 followers for the @ricklance account.

One of the interesting aspects of writing posts for Twitter has been the challenge of word economy. Until late 2017, Twitter only allowed 140 characters per tweet. Many a writer can tell you that it’s often much more challenging to “write short.”

For several months, the Twitter limit has stood at 280 characters, and it’s possible sometimes to post a brief paragraph with less necessity for telegraphic-type wording. Sometimes it can be an interesting exercise to look back over your social media postings from the past few months. For me, it not only becomes a catalog of my life but also a reminder of what God is teaching me.

Below are a few examples of some of my Twitter postings during recent months:

1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Any requests for Rick Lance to speak in or visit your church should be directed to Billie Davis at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 253 or (334) 613-2253, [email protected]

For questions about Dr. Lance's Facebook and Twitter accounts or his blog site, you may contact his social media assistant, Keith Hinson, at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 289 or (334) 613-2289, [email protected]