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 . . . […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
Most people today have multiple ways to be contacted. We have multiple email addresses (personal and work), Facebook accounts, multiple phones (home, work, cell); and it can get confusing how to manage it all. In fact, it can become so difficult that messages can often go missed. In essence, we have all these great tools […]
Editor’s Note: This guest post by Frank Eybsen is just as useful and relevant for Church Ministries as it is for business.
As I talk with Catholics working in parishes, Catholic schools, and diocesan offices about social media, people often tell me that they don’t “get” Twitter and how it can be used. This is a short video explaining how I personally use Twitter in my work on behalf of the Church.
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.
Interview with Father Nels Gjengdahl, Priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Discussion of social media use in the Catholic Church.
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 […]
When it comes to technology, we do a great job of telling people what they should get. But we don’t often do such as great job of explaining why. So we can tell Catholics and parishes all these great things they should get and do, but it’s time to back track a bit to […]
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This weekend I had the opportunity to watch a Twitter meme blossom right before my eyes. On Friday afternoon, in response to a fellow Catholic who had asked “Can someone give me the link to the Catholic Rules For Twitter? I never read it and apparently missed the rule that joking isn’t allowed,” I replied […]
8 things you might’ve missed… Why Whitespace Matters – According to one report, good use of whitespace can increase comprehension by 20%. How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] – Great visual tool. One interesting factoid is that Facebook links were getting clicked at a higher rate than Twitter links. Windows Phone 7 Connector […]
On March 24 at 7p (CT) I will be offering a follow-up to my previous webinar, Reaching Parishioners with Facebook. This free webinar will focus on constructing a social media strategy for your parish, school, or ministry: You’ve designed the perfect Catholic school web site, set up your parish Facebook page, and got your DRE on […]
If you’ve got a blog, and you find it difficult finding time tweeting out posts, try http://www.twitterfeed.com. After you register (for free), grab your blogs RSS feed* and submit it to Twitterfeed. You can adjust how often it pulls from your feed – down to every 30 minutes – and posts to your Twitter account. […]
A catechetical colleague recently emailed me to ask about my use of social media — specifically, how much time I spend in social media and do I find it beneficial. Here is my (rambling) response: Yes I think it is beneficial, although I vacillate on just how beneficial. I get something different out of each […]