A diocese of the Church of England has recently tweeted a list of rules for its staff and clergy to follow on social media, wittily dubbed the “Twitter commandments” by most of those who retweeted the list.
The guidelines, composed of nine rules, range from faith-based directives to practical advice.
Bath and Wells diocese said that the commandments will help “spread the word of God in the most effective way.” It also aims to help staff “navigate through the social media landscape.”
The Twitter commandments
The nine commandments are as follows:
- Don’t rush in
- Remember tweets are transient yet permanent
- Be a good ambassador for the Church
- Don’t hide behind anonymity
- Be aware of public/private life boundaries
- Maintain a professional distance
- Stay within the law
- Respect confidentiality
- Be mindful of your own security
According to the diocese, publishing the guidelines is what “any good organization” does.
“We’re not the first diocese to provide guidelines, but our clergy increasingly use social media,” said the church.