Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Wrapping up

March 25, 2009

As should be clear by now, I remain fascinated by the social media channels Facebook and Twitter.  I also am using Blip.fm under the DJ name SpinnerLP, I have a Posterous account, and (it is intuitively obvious, as my college calculus professor would say, about 30 times in a 50 minute lecture) I am blogging.  I have left my cyber-prints so many places I can’t keep track.

I believe this is too good and too pervasive among the population younger than me, for us (who are charged with marketing and communication*) to ignore it.  There are a couple of items  that I discovered in the last 24 hours that I want to share with you , and then call it a day (on Social Media) for the time being.

Ok, that’s three…I’ve linked to Mashable in a previous post…just wanted you to note it, again.

Blessings to you and all whom you love

(* One of the 14 Core Competencies for Church Administration)

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Gonna ride this horse for awhile

March 23, 2009

Yup, I’m really hooked.  But I think you might want to know more about this.

I monitor the posts in a couple of Google Groups…ChurchBIT and ChMS Discussion.  Recent discussions in both of these groups (independent of each other…maybe it’s something in the air) are about Social Networking tools/sites that are specifically for churches.  One of these discussions led me to this blog-site that has access to a survey for church people to take and get info from.  Give it a rip…

And, I’ve got no dog in this fight, but you also might want to look at BeOneBody, CircleBuilder, and LightsTogether

Blessings to you and all whom you love.

About that Social Media Jones

March 19, 2009

Ok, it’s been awhile.  If I didn’t spend 3-4 hours every night with my face stuck in Twitter, Facebook, and the trails they lead me down, I’d write more.

At my association’s chapter meeting today, we had my friend Tony Dye presenting his pretty deliberate thoughts on Social Media.  We have been pleased and privileged to have Tony as a regular presenter for our group.  Today, Tony explored with us some good arguments, both for and against, wholesale use of social media by churches.  It stimulated a lot of good discussion and questions.

I came away from it with two main thoughts – it’s not the be-all and end-all for communicating in our arena, and we are missing something if we don’t also use Twitter, Facebook and the like to complement the channels we’ve always used.  Any casual study of churches today makes one see that young adults are not showing up.  The good news is there is some evidence we may have figured out what we need to do to engage this set.  It is clear to me a primary way for us to let them know is via social media.  Most of them will see it if we do.

The biggest gain for me as I have explored social media is the trails leading to really bright and energetic people.  One of them is a fellow who has written a book called “Why Churches must Twitter.”  I plan to get this soon as I can figure out the PayPal thing.  Another place that I can send you with good conscience is Mashable – take a look at this host of people you might want to follow.