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How different generations use the Internet: infographic
It is revealing to see how different demographic groups use the Internet. Here's an infographic showing generational differences...
People always wanted electronic connection, even in 1969
Social media, in its widest sense, goes back beyond the beginning of the Internet, as this infographic explains. It is not a passing digital fad. People have always wanted the opportunity to interact electronically. Social media is perhaps the defining communication movement of this century, and highly significant for sharing the good news – if done appropriately.
Vital new book THE SOCIAL MEDIA GOSPEL - Sharing the Good News in New Ways
You may know Meredith Gould as the person behind the #chsocm Twitter hashtag, for discussing all things church/social media. So Dr Gould knows her stuff! She is an established author, sociologist and social media consultant, with digital experience going back to the beginning of the Internet. But this is not an academic book – it's highly readable, laced with whimsical humor – and provides a valuable introduction to any church leader or member who is considering whether, or how, to start out or develop a social media strategy.
Free ebook from Bryan Allain: This is NOT a treasure map
Sign up for the email newsletter at Killer Tribes and you'll get a free copy of Bryan Allain's new booklet This is NOT a treasure map as a thank you. This is a helpful message to anyone who has been disappointed in a creative project or ministry. In 25 pages, he shows you a new (and biblical) way of perceiving your life, failures and successes.
Free ebooks about church social media and communication
A growing number of free short ebooks are available on social and other media for church ministry. Note the word 'short'. Long books can be great, but a surprising amount of wisdom and practical advice can be condensed into 10-20 pages. It is, perhaps, the 15-minute TED lecture approach, applied to text. You can read them quickly, and keep them as reference manuals.
Social media is not optional for non-profits, ministries, companies
The HooteSuite video below, though it is primarily discussing businesses, clearly explains the importance of social media connectedness at every level in any organization – charity, non-profit, ministry – and emphasizes that in the end, it is just people and relationships. Particularly highlighted in this video: social media needs to permeate through the entire organization, and is not something that is just 'done' by the marketing department. Richard Branson is cited as an example of a CEO who is constantly tweeting.
Share your faith on Facebook - cartoon explains how easy it is
Social media has changed everything in digital communication. For non-profits and Christian ministries, Eric Qualman chillingly observes in his new video, "The ROI of Social Media is: your business still exists in five years." It is really as stark as this – if your non-profit or ministry does not have an integrated social media strategy (rather than just trying to bolt-on a bit of Facebook or Twitter), you are in danger. Your church will also suffer, though not terminally, if it does not use social media, says Josh Burns. But equally significant – and greatly under-utilized – is this new potential for any Jesus-follower to share faith appropriately across relationships, using social media. YesEIs have produced a new short cartoon video explaining just how simple this it is to use their own curated choices of evangelistic video shorts.
Free ebook - using Facebook for church ministry
Free ebook: Facebook for Churches is a 32-page quick read loaded with tips, examples and strategies for getting the most out of your church Facebook page. Whether you're attempting to pick the perfect Timeline photo or trying to figure out what and when to post, this resource will help you.
Social networking use in Lagos and Nigeria - amazing opportunities
Lagos has a larger population than many countries. And just look at the social networking opportunities in this infographic.
Book review, Tweeting Church: Good News in Only 140 Characters
It is rare to find a book about technology with something for everyone, but whether you are a complete Twitter amateur or a veteran tweep, whether you are a lay Christian or a pastor or a church community interested in Twitter evangelism, Paul Clifford's new e-book Tweeting Church: Good News in Only 140 Characters is worth the download for you and your ministry.