On March 7, 2013, Facebook announced its first major update to the news feed since the feature launched seven years ago. The new look will be more visually-focused and based on Facebook’s research that shows almost 50% of news feed postings are rich in visual content.
Here's a great resource for churches researching social media policies.
Actually, quite a lot, according to social media for churches guru Paul Steinbrueck.
Echo Hub shares StillMotion's storytelling technique. Great for any video producer, but frankly for any storyteller, in any medium.
The year was 1991...and the rest is history.
Here Comes Everybody: A book review
If you're looking for a short, practical guide to all things social media, Nils Smith is your man. Not only does he offer loads of sensible ideas, but he's got the practical experience to back up what he's talking about.
I get asked a lot about the Online Church Facebook page and how it grew to over 250,000 page likes in less than two years. People often expect one secret sauce solution and that simply does not exist. This page grew through experimentation, systematization and plain old hard work.
I wonder if Jesus had in mind the role that social media tools like Facebook and Twitter would have to play when he told his followers to go into all the world and make disciples?
Whatever your mission, everything you do should work to help your organization to achieve that mission. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is no exception. But how does SEO help you to achieve your mission?
A social media strategy for a ministry, church or non-profit isn't the same as one for a business. Simply put, the two fields are measuring different results.
Churches historically lag behind in utilizing new technology. Social media has been no different. Upon the arrival of Facebook and Twitter, churches spent years debating whether or not they should engage in social media.
No one was live blogging the Sermon on the Mount. The disciples weren't able to send a Facebook invite to everyone: "Join us on the hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee to hear Jesus teach."
Whether you want to start up your social media presence or kick it up a notch, this top quality online tutorial will make you a wiz!
It's easy to write off Twitter. You only have 140 characters to use to communicate. There are tons of third party programs people use to manage their accounts, which can be confusing for new users. And the language is just plain silly. Tweet, twibe, tweeple, twitosphere...seriously?
So is social media effective for a Church? It can be, but in most cases, it probably isn't.
To digital natives, it may be difficult to imagine a world where these tools aren't at our fingertips, but the fact is, new users join these services every day. For the uninitiated, check out our beginner's guides to get started on Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Before Facebook and Facetime and Google+ and Twitter, there was Plato and the Bell Picturephone and the Dynabook and the Xerox LiveBoard. Social media is nothing new. It just has better packaging--and better marketing.
Whether you work at a church, nonprofit or company, Facebook should be an important part of your communication plan. It's the biggest social network and holds huge potential for helping your community grow closer. So what are a few ways to do Facebook better?
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