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Should Your Parish Ministries Have A Facebook Page Or Twitter Profile?

Many organizations today find themselves struggling with the management piece of social networking.  It’s very common to see additional accounts being created for a product, department, location, etc.  It’s typical in our parishes that every ministry wants exposure.  Some parishes have probably already experienced some parish ministries wanting their own Facebook Page, Twitter profile, or […]

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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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Life Teen on Social Media

Life Teen on Social Media

Life Teen, the Catholic youth ministry organization, has been around for quite a while now. (In fact, they’ve been around longer than I have.) But lately their online presence has really been grabbing my attention. They have fantastic writers that blog on their site and an extremely talented web team that are doing a great […]

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Maximize Evangelizing With Your Content

As the saying goes . . . content is king.  We know that content is what gets attention, provides exposure, and gets you in front of an audience.  It’s important to maximize that attentive opportunity.  Content whether it be a photos, a video, a blog post, etc. all provide a great opportunity for evangelizing much […]

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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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If Your Internet Was An Actual Place…

If Your Internet Was An Actual Place…

What kind of people would it be filled with? Would they be kind? In a previous blog post of mine, Dr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, wrote a comment that resonated with me, “We are in a new day and age where we all need to be good Digital Citizens. We need to be clearer with one […]

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The Pope on Twitter: 12 Tweets Later

The Pope on Twitter: 12 Tweets Later

Unfortunately we live in a society where making fun of Christians, and specifically Catholics, is widely accepted. It’s common to turn on TV or go online just to hear or read some snide remark about Christians. So what do we do? We grow thick skin, we turn the other cheek, and we love them anyway. […]

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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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Minnesota churches using social media to connect

I was recently interviewed by KARE11 (local NBC affiliate) for a story on how churches are using social media to connect with church-goers.

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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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Twitter follows slowing you down? You CAN start over

I screwed up on Twitter, but thankfully, I was able to ‘start over’.

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Are You Really Sure Your Parish Owns Your Twitter Account: The Importance of Tech Policies

It’s nice to see so many parishes embracing social media and establishing accounts on services like Twitter and building Facebook Pages.  As I look at various parish websites that have staff email addresses posted I have noticed that many are obviously personal addresses (i.e. @Yahoo.com, @Live.com, etc.) I wonder how many parishes have a technology, […]

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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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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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Daddy, Where Do Tweets Go When They Die?

Daddy, Where Do Tweets Go When They Die?

Jimmy, tweets don’t die, but they don’t go to heaven either.  They actually live forever out on the Internet. If you use Twitter, you tend to live in the moment.  Everything about Twitter is geared toward recency.  What’s ‘trending’ on Twitter is a familiar term for Twitter users.  As a microblog tool, you may think […]

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A Bishop Re-tweeted My Post

A Bishop Re-tweeted My Post

I’m spending the weekend at the Catholic New Media Conference and quite frankly, I’m impressed. The quality of the speakers, the content, and the questions are on par with any secular social media conference I’ve seen. There’s about 120 people here from a broad spectrum of parishes and dioceses and they’re all excited and engaged. […]

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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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