#ThanksPontifex Twitter Storm – February 28, 7:45 UPDATED x2!

Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI

Updates at the bottom! (last: 3pm February 25)

Pope Benedict has taught each of how to love Jesus just a little more. By resigning he is showing us humility. Let’s show our gratitude by starting a Twitter Storm when he steps down. I need lots of participation, we need to send off thousands of Tweets to succeed. The goal is to have multiple terms trend globally.

I wanted to tell teens who may not otherwise be reached about the Pope and I thought that if we could occupy some of the top 10 trending terms on twitter, we might get some attention. If you have a twitter account, you can take part by writing tweets beforehand, writing live tweets, or retweeting like crazy.

Since his resignation is at 8pm Rome time, I think scheduling it right about then would be best. I’m going to schedule tweets and be on retweeting from 7:45 to 8:15 (assuming there is not a celebration in St. Peter’s Square which I may go to).

Some have suggested we start getting it trending on the 27 and try for all day and focus even more on the exact moment he steps down.

There is no sign-up for this activity, anyone can join. I want to post some instructions here.

8pm Rome Time Is…

7pm in the UK

2pm in EST (New York, Detroit, Miami)

1pm in CST (Chicago, Dallas, Winnipeg)

noon in MST (Calgary, Denver)

11am in PST (LA, Vancouver, Seattle)

What Terms? What’s Trending?

Twitter Trends

Twitter Trends

Whenever you go on Twitter, there are the top ten hashtags trending globally on the left (see image). These have all kinds of meanings. I’ve seen everything from #JustinBeiberFollowMe to #StopTaiji (which is a dolphin hunt in Japan) trend to the top. while I was on. Nobody knows the formula but it seems that overused terms are disqualified from trending. People use #FB for Facebook all the time but it is never on the “trending” list.

We have to get one hashtag trending to the top before switching.

Here is my suggested list to include. Each followed by a sample tweet (I think trending works better if have slightly different tweets so change them up; I am keeping them well below 140 characters so each can add a little):

First: #ThanksPontifex

#ThanksPontifex for almost 8 years leading the #Catholic Church

#ThanksPontifex for being a faithful witness to Christ

#ThanksPontifex for building up the Catholic Faith

#ThanksPontifex for your humility @pontifex

#ThanksPontifex you are in my prayers. #Pope #Catholic #BenedictXVI

Second: #PontifexThanks

Third: #TYBenedictXVI

Fourth: #ThanksBenedictXVI

If you know the following Languages:

#GraciasPontifex – #GraciasPontifex por su servicio a la Iglesia #Catolica. #Papa

#GraziePontifex – #GraziePontifex per tutto ciò che ha fatto per la Chiesa. #Papa

#GratiasPontifici – #GratiasPontifici eras Papa vero in tempis duris.

How to Schedule Tweets

There are a number of programs that schedule Tweets. Each program is slightly different, but they all basically ask you to write a tweet then set a time. (You want to set most for 7:45 to 8:15pm Rome time Thursday.) I use Buffer every day, and I think the others listed here work. Buffer is a little different: rather than scheduling each one, you set the times you will tweet on one tab then post a list of tweets to go out at those times in another.

Buffer: bufferapp.com

Future Tweets: futuretweets.com

Unfollwers.me includes scheduled tweets: unfollowers.me

All in one apps that include scheduled tweets:

HootSuite:  hootsuite.com

TweetDeck: tweetdeck.com

Please add more ideas, more model tweets, etc. in the comments. I will update this.

Updates

10:30am February 24th:

1. I am making a twitter distribution list of those who participate. You can get yourself on by tweeting so to @22catholic (just scroll back up to my first widget). You can see the list or subscribe here.

2. So it is clear, we want #ThanksPontifex to trend throughout the 27th and 28th, then try to get some of the other terms trending right when he steps down. You can also add @pontifex to any tweets

3. I fixed up the foreign language stuff. I wrote this as #ThankYouBenedictXVI but some friends more fluent in Twitterish suggested #ThanksPontifex.

4. Some other have suggested more tweets in comments:

#ThanksPontifex You are a faithful servant. Go in peace.

#ThanksPontifex May the Peace of Our Risen Lord Permeate every ounce of your Precious & Beautiful Being.

#ThanksPontifex I Love You Forever

#ThanksPontifex I Pray That You May Be Filled With Holy Boldness!!!

#ThanksPontifex Father, you have shown over the years how gentle of a spirit you possess…

#ThanksPontifex You Have Always Demonstrated Goodwill, Compassion,And Willingness in your travels throughout the world. Thank You…

#ThanksPontifex Humility, gift of self, following God’s will … Father, this is you… God Bless You In Abundance!

#ThanksPontifex You have been a willing and very able servant. We thank you for your strong leadership and ability to stand for truth.

#ThanksPontifex May You Be Embraced With LOVE Throughout The World Through Our Global Tweets As One Solid Catholic Family!

3pm February 25th:

1. The list of participants has reached over 200 and several promise more such as a teacher promising that students will be part.

2. A few more model tweets from the comments

#ThanksPontifex Our God will never live you alone

#ThanksPontifex we are in debt to you for all eternity.

#ThanksPontifex May our Blessed Mother continue to bless you and guide you. We love you.

#ThanksPontifex for being a faithful witness to Christ. We will always love you Pope #Benedict XVI

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    • Nicolaus Cibis on February 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    You must consider that the Vatican finishes the Twitter account of the Pope after the Pope has stepped down.

    • gtb on February 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    This is a great idea. I was wishing someone would spearhead this but, like Nicolaus said, the Vatican said they’d shut down Pontifex on the 28th…but still it could be done!

  1. Praise Jesus, This is a great mission to show the world and our Pope how much we love him!

    • Carlos R Mejias on February 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thank for been you all the way. Thank you, for do listening and put to action Jesus teachings and example….
    Thank you for been so Humble and to understand Jesus washing of the apostoles feet….Thank you, and above all Thank you God, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Holy Spirit; and Thank you Virgen Mary….

    • Joseph Neglia on February 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    As a ten year old boy I had the pleasure and honor to represent my school in Bologna and deliver in person a message to the newly elected Pope, Pius X11 on my birthday March 3rd 1939, it is equally an honor to express my thoughts of appreciation for the leadership and love shown to the world from Pope Benenict XVI.

    • Jeff Beyer on February 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you Pope Benedict. You are a faithful servant. Go in peace.

  2. #ThanksPontifex May the Peace of Our Risen Lord Permeate every ounce of your Precious & Beautiful Being.

  3. #ThanksPontifex Father, I Stand In Line Right Behind Our Good God.-
    ” I Love You Forever”

  4. #ThanksPontifex I Pray That You May Be Filled With Holy Boldness!!!

  5. #ThanksPontifex THE HEART THAT LOVES IS ALWAYS YOUNG. – Greek Proverb

  6. #ThanksPontifex Father, you have shown over the years how gentle of a spirit you possess…

  7. #ThanksPontifex You Have Always Demonstrated Goodwill, Compassion,And Willingness in your travels throughout the world. Thank You…

  8. #ThanksPontifex Humility, gift of self, following the will of God… Father, this is you… God Bless You In Abundance!

    • carrie keating on February 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Pope Benedict, You have been a willing and very able servant. We thank you for your strong leadership and ability to stand for truth.

    I pray for the selection of the next pope. Archbishop Charles Chaput would be an amazing Pope. We are thankful for his witness as well.

  9. #ThanksPontifex May You Be Embraced With LOVE Throughout The World Through Our Global Tweets As One Solid Catholic Family!

    1. I am a little fish before Our Lord, always asking Him to look over you!

      1. I thank God for choosing you to follow Him in this manner. Try to full fill your duties the best way you can. For God alone…

  10. @Nicolaus Cibis The Vatican will shut down @Pontifex (at least temporarily) since there will be no Pope. That doesn’t mean we can’t thank him for his service. (My suspicion is that they’ll re-open it with the next Pope.) There is no requirement to put @pontifex in any posts.

    • Ruby Hesita on February 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Our God will never live you alone… Thank You…:)…

    • Nick D. on February 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you Pope Benedict, we are in your debt for all eternity.

    • Jean Van Fleet on February 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you, Pope Benedict. May our Blessed Mother continue to bless you and guide you. We love you.

    • Jacinta on February 25, 2013 at 5:32 am

    #ThanksPontifex for being a faithful witness to Christ
    We will always love you Papa Benedict XVI

    • Chris on February 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    God Bless Pope Benedict. Thank you for your life of service!

    • Elisabeth Cárdenas on February 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

    @thankspontifex to teach us how to defend our Church. We will be here forever!

    • Joyce M on February 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    #ThanksPontifex for loving God enough to follow him wherever He takes you.

    • Lucy Salazar on February 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you your holiness for being with us even thou it is a short time.

    • Felicitas Sanchez Go on February 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    thank you Pope Benedict, you had given me the chance to see Rome thru the canonization of our saint Pedro Calunsod

    • Deb on February 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you for your willingness to take the hard decisions and to always strive to listen to the Holy Spirit!

    • Eda Ticao on February 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for your genuine leadership of Jesus’ flock.

    • Eda Ticao on February 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you for your sincere & genuine leadership of Jesus’ flock

    • ElaineAnn Gorea on February 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    THANK YOU HOLY FATHER FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO HELP US SPEND MORE TIME IN PRAYER, AND THANKSGIVING. GOD BLESS YOU.

    • ElaineAnn Gorea on February 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    We love you Holy Father, you will continue to be in our Prayers. Wishing you good health and happiness. GOD BLESS YOU.

  11. I wish for you, above everything else, the peace of God.

  12. I love you dearly!

  13. The whole world continues to pray for you!

  14. God our Lord loves you very much!

  15. Father, you have set a most beautiful example for future generations of Catholics! Thank you!

  16. What a cross you carry! May God’s grace be as sweet as the pain of your cross!

  17. Be at peace…

  18. You have shown us for the past eight years how beautiful a prayer life can be!

  19. Pope Benedict, all glory, honor, power is yours, Amen

  20. How beautiful you are in spirit and heart…

  21. May you know God’s blessings even more…

  22. Be strong in prayer,
    Be strong in faith,
    Be gentle in love…
    This is what you have shown us…

  23. You are truly an instrument of God’s love!

  24. Father, as I watch and record your last audience on EWTN “your beautiful spirit nd soul shines brighter than the sun!” Love you dearly father!!!

  25. Even though I am not there in person I am with you in prayerful spirit…

  26. The world loves and supports you!

  27. You have brought out LOVE, LOVE, LOVE from around the world to reunite as one voice, one heart, and one Catholic family through prayer!!!

  28. Your spirit shined brighter than the morning sun!

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