Last week the Catholic Twittersphere erupted when both the Vatican and the USCCB demanded that blogger Brandon Vogt remove e-book versions of Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei from his web site. Brandon had converted the encyclical into a variety of formats, including Kindle, iPad, and Nook, and was making them freely available so that people could access the […]
The past weekend our diocesan Facebook page came under attack after our bishop wrote about the spiritual implications of voting for intrinsic evil. Some of the posters engaged the substance of the arguments; some, while disrespectful, were at least not vulgar or obscene; and the rest made for the most soul-damaging work of my life. I […]
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 […]
Social networking services have added a great many benefit for individuals and organizations. But like anything, these benefits haven’t come without their share of problems and issues for some.
One of my favorite hymns (especially at Christmas) is “Go Tell It On The Mountain”. In the olden days, going to a high place and yelling good news was a way to be heard over a large distance. Compare this to everyone standing in a crowd and just yelling. You’d never really be heard. It’s […]
A common question I’ve received since my Facebook webinar two weeks ago is: “What is the difference between a group and a page on Facebook? And which should my parish use?” (OK, that’s two questions, but work with me here.) It’s a fair question; on the surface the two seem to be very similar. Both […]
This past Wednesday evening I offered a free webinar on using Facebook pages to build and strengthen relationships with parishioners. I’ve made the video of the session available for anyone who may be interested: I’ve also posted links to additional resources and further reading at my personal blog. If you have any tips or suggestions […]