Tag Archives: Google

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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Your Parish: How To Get Started With An Online Initiative

The other night I participated in an interview for a Diocese publication.  I apologized to her as well because I am really bad at interviews.  Anyway, one of the questions she asked was, “What would you suggest for a parish just starting out?”  I have to admit that I was kind of taken back.  I [...]

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#TheArtOfHashtagging

When I first started seeing hashtags I was probably like most in thinking they were just kind of silly.  I was wondering what could possibly be the benefit.  But once you click one or two you should immediately see some great possibilities as you are jettisoned into a whole new world of conversations taking place. [...]

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Make These 40 Days Holy

Make These 40 Days Holy

The ashes we’ll wear tomorrow will be an outward sign of penance and contrition. As an outward sign during Lent online, I created a graphic to replace my Facebook and Google+ profile pictures with. I’d love to see other people use this as well—let’s create awareness online and remind ourselves and our Christian brothers and [...]

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Google+ Launches ‘Communities’ With Great Benefits For Parishes

Since Google+’s launch, I’ve been a big fan of it.  It’s often misunderstood as “just another social network” in my opinion, because it’s actually far more than that.  And it’s not at all a simple “apples to apples” comparison with Facebook.  Facebook definitely has benefits to opening up new communication avenues for parishes and the Church [...]

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Your Parish As The Light Of Christ Online

One of my favorite Catholic rituals is the candle lighting at the Easter Vigil.  A few years ago I witnessed this event in a somewhat large parish from a balcony.  The whole worship space was pitch black.  In comes the newly lit Pascal Candle down the main aisle.  Candles of those in the pews on [...]

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Google+ Events For Parishes: Finally An Events System To Truly Come and See!

I truly have become a big fan of social networks such as Facebook and Google+ for parishes.  These systems allow for our faith communities to become connected and a part of everyday lives like never before.  One of the things I love about them is event sharing and keeping photos of events for everyone to [...]

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Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive: Great Online Storage Options

For years backups have always been a challenge.  For anyone else who has lost a hard drive or had a computer crash you know the importance of backing up your files and data.  The solution has often been a local external hard drive connected to the computer and or a local network.  This is ok [...]

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Google+ Vs. Facebook: How They Both Benefit Parishes

It’s been about 9 months since Google+ has launched, and many of us have gotten a good idea of what it’s all about and how it can best  be used.   The biggest misconception I’ve found is the tendency to try and understand the service through a simple “apples to apples” comparison with Facebook.  The [...]

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5 Things To Do To Plan Your Parish Social Media Strategy Effectively

You’ve probably heard about the potential benefits for your parish.  You’ve read about it here.  You’ve heard me say it.  Even some Bishops are tweeting.  The Facebook thing looks great.  Google+ looks interesting.  So you and the Pastor decide to give it a go.  You set up all the accounts, do your customization, you tweet, you [...]

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Which Internet Browser?

As most internet users have found out, not all browsers are created equally.  Internet Explorer was basically the one most used for several years, but then quickly got tired of the fact that the internet moved faster but your browser didn’t.  Or that they made the application increasingly more complicated to the point of not [...]

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Music Lover Prayers Answered: Google Music

Ever since I was a kid I have loved music.  I remember spending hours sifting through and listening to 45′s (yes, I’m that old).  Later on, like many people, I amassed the large number albums, then cassettes, and then CD’s.  There was always a few problems I ran into with these: Storage Finding the music [...]

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5 Great Google Updates You Might Have Missed

If you’re a Google user like me you probably noticed what seemed to be “rapid fire” changes this past year. All of which were great changes too. Let’s take a look: Google+ – A lot of people have mistakenly approached Google+ as simply a competitor to Facebook.  In all honesty, Google+ is what Facebook has [...]

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Have Cloud, Will Travel

The past two weekends my wife and I traveled to visit family.  I’m a fan of traveling, but I’ve never been a fan of packing.  In addition to clothes and toiletries, now we have to be concerned with access to business stuff plus you want stuff to do.  So here’s what we took in addition to our [...]

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Notable Parish Websites

The Parish Website is becoming more and more common.  Most parishioners think the parish needs one, and most Pastors want one.  I’m a firm believer that every parish should have a website.  It’s my firm belief that the parish website’s purpose is to serve as a community hub and 24/7 extension of your parish office. [...]

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Google+ Pages Part II: Why You Should Have One

So Google+ Pages went live this past week.  Someone in your parish office or a parishioner might even suggested that your parish set one up.  Then the thought comes to your mind, “Well, we have that Facebook page they told us we should get; why do we need another one somewhere else?”  Good question, and [...]

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Google+ Pages Are Live: The Set Up

As most know, Google+ launched a while ago and one thing I have particularly loved about it is the strong Catholic user presence on the service.  Up until yesterday the service lacked the ability for organizations and brands to have their own “page” like Facebook Pages.  So the announcement yesterday was very welcome news.  I [...]

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Why I Unliked Your Facebook Page: Top 5 Admin Mistakes

Facebook pages can have great uses for our parishes, and any Facebook user has probably ‘Liked’ a page or two.  As ‘Admins’ of those pages we know we need to get those ‘Likes’ right?  And building the number of those ‘Likes’ is paramount often times for us too.  But have you ever wondered why someone [...]

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