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Amazon and Google Lower Fees for Cloud Storage

Amazon and Google Lower Fees for Cloud Storage

Back in January I reviewed My Cloud, a private cloud storage option with a 3 TB capacity. This works great for our family—but it may not be the best option for a business or church. Sometimes, the convenience of allowing a public service to maintain, back-up, and secure your data in the cloud is the [...]

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Grant Me The Serenity: Facebook and Twitter Updates You Might Have Missed

If you are experienced running social profile like Facebook Pages and/or Twitter accounts for organizations, you may not like change but you are probably getting used to them.  If you are new to this, my advice . . . don’t ever get too comfortable.  Unlike a website that you design and pretty much have control [...]

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Breaking Bread: Moving From Attraction To Engagement

As I look through recent social media news and blogs, the landscape is littered with the wails barriers to exposure and possibly having to pay to get more. We are even seeing this at the Church level, and quite honestly it’s a sign that it’s time to “sit down at the table” and “break bread”. What I mean is that we’ve spent enough time attracting and now it’s time to shift to improving content, truly engaging your audience and the world, and using these profiles for also also enhancing community communications.

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3 Ways To Boost Your Facebook Page Posts

So I went back and took a real hard look at the posts we were putting out, and decided to do a few tests on a couple different pages. I also took into a account a little development from Facebook that many Page Managers have been overlooking . . . the introduction of exposure to other pages’ fan bases by mentioning those other pages in your posts. But like anything, it’s not a fix to simply mention other pages. It’s a combination of things, and remember when I told you that it’s important to start focusing on being social as the Church. Well, that truly comes into play here.

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How Social Media Isolates Us [Video]

How Social Media Isolates Us [Video]

This video came out last year, so I’m a bit late in sharing this. But it illustrates how social networks affect our interactions and expectations of others—and why they might make us lonelier. Granted, there are a lot of generalizations made, but it’s worth watching. We’re expecting more from technology, and less from each other. After watching [...]

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What does “Facebook Zero” Mean for Churches?

What does “Facebook Zero” Mean for Churches?

If you’re an administrator of a Facebook page, you have probably noticed a drop in organic engagement. Facebook’s ever-changing algorithms are steadily declining your content’s organic reach—meaning fewer people are seeing your posts because you’re not paying to “promote” them to those who have liked your page. An interesting whitepaper was put out by Social@Ogilvy: [...]

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Looking for a New Font?

Looking for a New Font?

I tend to be a little bit of a typography nerd… I might even get mad at the TV if I see a poorly-used font in a commercial. I’m not the only one who does that, right? Just like a commercial, the right font in the right place can do wonders for a parish website [...]

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Catholic Book Giveaway

Catholic Book Giveaway

Time for another Catholic book giveaway! No strings attached, just pass it on to someone else once you’ve finished it. This month I’m giving away Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Lent. The reviews for this devotional have been fantastic so I’ll be reading it as well this Lent. It walks the reader through the seven pillars of [...]

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Lenten Resources for 2014

Lenten Resources for 2014

Lent begins on March 5th this year—only a few weeks away. Below are my top five online or reading resources that are either free or very affordable. Please share any resources or prayer aids you use in the comments below! Lenten Magnificat Companion (iPhone) (Kindle) The Little Black Book for Lent (Kindle) Living Lent Daily from [...]

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Does your website make it easy to ask a Catholic question?

Does your website make it easy to ask a Catholic question?

It can be frustrating to hear someone assume something inaccurately about the Catholic Church. You’ve all heard the typical assumptions or flawed interpretations… we worship Mary, we shouldn’t baptize infants, there’s no need to confess our sins to a priest, etc. Not only are these signs that the Church is easily misunderstood, but it could [...]

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Catholic Book Giveaway

Catholic Book Giveaway

There are a number of Catholic books I’ve really enjoyed and would love to pass on to others, no strings attached. Well, one catch—I’d ask that you pass the book on to someone else once you’ve finished it. For the first book, I’m giving away Matt Swaim’s Prayer in the Digital Age. Swaim’s book addresses [...]

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Kids Don’t Know Tech and Why Education Is Important

A 5 year-old can start a car if you hand them the keys, but it doesn’t mean they are responsible enough yet to drive it. It’s a common thought that “kids know tech”.  We have taken this attitude and philosophy that young age equals tech knowledge including how to effectively and strategically use technology.  They [...]

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Take Your Church Out Into The World: Being Social As The Church

I’ve been thinking a great deal about the phrase “social media marketing” lately, and it seems that as organizations we sometimes forget that the most important part in that phrase is “social”.  We get drawn to the “marketing” as how we communicate because that’s really the only means organizations have ever had to communicate who [...]

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Examination of Conscience in a Tech World

Examination of Conscience in a Tech World

January 6th was the Feast of the Epiphany. And though the accuracy of the events surrounding the Three Kings seem to put historians into a fury—I’ve always loved this feast and its message. The Gospel account in Matthew doesn’t leave a lot of room for interpretation—we can either act like Herod, pulling people away from [...]

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Product Review: My Cloud

Product Review: My Cloud

For me, 2013 was the year of finally jumping on the cloud storage bandwagon. After I had my phone stolen and I forever lost pictures and videos of my son learning to walk, I immediately put the Dropbox app on my new phone so media would automatically upload to my account. I’m glad I have [...]

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My Real Life Experience With Being Cyberbullied

You hear a lot about cyberbullying, and I’ve had some “brushes” with it; but in all honesty I have had a tough time fully comprehending the emotional impact on a child.  Well, up until just these past couple of weeks.  I wasn’t harassed, threatened, and told I was being watched by kids either.  This was [...]

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Should There Be A Standard for Mass Times?

Should There Be A Standard for Mass Times?

If someone is just visiting a Catholic Church website, there’s a good chance they’re looking for the church’s Mass times.  Unfortunately, too many church websites still don’t have their mass times updated regularly.  While I’d love to solve that issue, it probably can only be accomplished one one church at a time.  The one issue, [...]

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