Tag Archives: Google

Catholic Android Apps Spotlight

Yes, I’m an Android user.  One of the first things I looked for was Catholic Apps for Android and found several, but we’ll focus on two here. The first is Catholic One by Aycka Soft.  This free app provides users with: Daily readings Prayers Rosary Access to the NAB Bible (when online only) Aycka Soft has been […]

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Cyberbullying: What Parents Need To Know And How To Prevent It

If you weren’t aware, October has been National Anti-Bullying Month.   When I hear the word “bully”, it sometimes seems harmless.  I picture that kid on the movie A Christmas Story.  The truth is that it’s not harmless.  In recent years it’s even been taken to another level with technology to what is now called […]

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Two Great Catholic Uses For Google+ Hangouts

This past year I read a great book by Jennifer Haigh called “Faith”.   The story begins in Boston in the 50’s and I remember this one little part standing out to me.  The Mother in the story gets her rosary, sits next to an open window in her apartment, and participates in a group […]

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Should I Be On One Social Network or Several?: How To Choose a Social Network

I checked in at Google+ this morning and was surprised to see a user post that he just deactivated his Facebook account.  The question that immediately came up for me, “Why would he do that?”  As online social networking is evolving many are left wondering which one to use or use multiple services.  The other […]

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To: The Romans From: St. Paul

As the conversation continues about technology and the Church, those advocating it’s uses encounter a lot of objections.  The objections interestingly seem to be pretty consistent.  It came up again last night in a phone conversation and today online, and a question has been going through my mind for a while now . . . […]

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You Gotta: Understanding Why Tech Makes Sense In Catholic Parishes

I’m sure there are Pastors out there getting the constant barrage of “we gotta be on Facebook”, “we gotta be on Twitter”, “we gotta get a better website”, so forth and so on.  I’m also sure that many Pastors are also similarly asking “Why?” which is where the conversation is often taking a “nose-dive”.  I […]

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The New Facebook: Why I Like It

If you’ve stopped into Facebook within the past week or turned on the news, you’ve probably seen and heard about big changes to the service format and features.  You’ve probably seen opinions that range from extreme displeasure to not knowing what to think.  It seems strange that a free internet service causes such huge stirs […]

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Why Is No One Reading Your Blog: The Importance Of Tagging

There’s been a lot of good discussion on Google+ lately in regards to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Catholics over the last week. Craig Berry then came out with a great post “Catholic SEO: A Failing Grade?”  When it comes to how search engines and discovery works on the internet a lot of people get […]

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Listening To Your Parishioners Through Numbers: Understanding ‘Analytics’

As a manager for over 17 years, numbers have a great deal of importance to me.  The biggest lesson I’ve learned in regards to interpreting data is that numbers “tell a story” and they are a key means to “hearing” your customers.  The great thing about the internet is that a lot of data is […]

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Back To School: Tablet or eReader For My Student?

Yup, it’s that time of year again . . . Back To School.  Parents are gathering supplies and getting ready for that first day (if it hasn’t already come like here in Florida).  And this year, students may have something different in the backpacks . . . a tablet or ereader.  Many are still trying […]

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Google+: Initial Thoughts

Here are some of my thoughts on Google+ after one month. Leave your thoughts in the comment box!

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Do You ‘Check In’ at Church? Why You Should

This past weekend me and my wife went away to help our daughter with her move.  I’ve been using Four Square for her for her business for some time now, but she hasn’t played with it  all that much.  She decided to check it out more in depth and found out she could obtain points, stickers, […]

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Brandon Vogt

Interview with Brandon Vogt, author of “Church and New Media”

The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet (Our Sunday Visitor, August 2011) is a new book by Brandon Vogt that reveals the benefits, dangers, and potential of new media. It covers many of today’s most popular digital tools including blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, podcasts, text messaging, and interactive websites.

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Google+ Business Profile Public Testing Accelerated

Google production manager Christian Oestlien announced last Wednesday that Google+ business profiles would be launched earlier than expected.

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What Is Google+ And Can It Benefit Catholic Parishes?

Over the past week, Google+ has gotten a lot of attention. I’ve had a blast playing around with the new service. There’s been a lot of discussion as to exactly what it is, what best to compare it to (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and what are the real benefits. As you might imagine, there are […]

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Google+ Observations and Predictions

After Google’s previous social networking failures – Buzz & Wave – I was a tad skeptical when I received an invite to join Google+. Still, I kept an open-mind, filled out my profile and dove in.

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Gmail: Why I Ditched Outlook

I was an avid user of Microsoft Outlook Express and then Outlook for many years.  I liked the organization features (I despise paper planners) and having my calendar, contacts, and messaging all in one place that linked them together.  There were two things that I never liked: Having access to the information away from my […]

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Google Plus, Facebook Minus

Every time a new social network comes along, the tech enthusiasts begin to ask: could this be the one that unseats Facebook as the king of all social networking?

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