Being and Becoming Virtually Religious

“Virtually Religious: Technology and Internet Usage in American Congregations," the latest Faith Communities Today (FACT) report, provides insight into the current role of technology in churches by means of an aggregated data set that includes responses from over 11,000 congregations affiliated with over 120 denominations. Congregational use of technology continues to increase: During the most recent decade (2000-2010) congregational use of email and websites more than doubled: email Read More …

Women Are Smarter Than Men

Jeff Bercovici's recent article on Forbes.com explains the key findings of the latest poll by the Pew Internet & American Life Project: When it comes to managing their social media profiles, women, on average, behave more like mature, responsible adults while men act like impulsive adolescents. Some of the gender differences include: Allow only friends to view content: two-thirds of women - less than half of men Have deleted people from network: 67% of women -  58% of men did Read More …

Within 24 Hours

It has been several years since I made a resolution to begin a new year.  This year, however, I opted to make a few resolutions.  One resolution is to reply to e-mail within 24 hours.  While I have generally done so, I have not always sought to provide feedback to all people within that time horizon. So What? Because I currently have multiple employers (and in boxes) and a varied schedule, e-mail is often the easiest way to reach me.  Rather than use different rules to guide my response to Read More …

The Day My Blog Didn’t Appear on Facebook

Social media is designed to be social.  With so many users leveraging multiple channels, many tools exist to make it easier to share information across channels.  While I no longer use Facebook as much as I once did, I have continued to import my blog posts as notes.  A few days ago, I received the following message when I logged on to Facebook: Changes to How You Share Content in Notes You currently automatically import content from your website or blog into your Facebook notes.  Starting Read More …

Teens & Social Networking

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released "Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites" last week.  Educators, parents, and those who work with teens in any capacity should consider the report a must read (click here to access the full 86 page report).  It reviews the multi-stage research that began in December 2010 with a meeting of experts to help refine the project, continued with focus groups of middle and high school students in January and February of 2011, and concluded Read More …

Do You AudioBoo?

Earlier this week I discovered AudioBoo.  I invite you to listen to a two minute message I just created using that tool: My Initial Experience with AudioBoo (mp3) So What? AudioBoo seeks to "be the one platform you use when you want to record audio, share it or keep it safe for the future."  Currently you can record new content from your computer or iPhone, Android and Nokia devices.  Soon, you will also be able to do so using Blackberry and Windows Mobile. AudioBoo is an incredibly Read More …

Is the New Facebook too Complicated?

Two days ago, Chris Taylor wrote an intriguing opinion piece on Mashable suggesting that the new Facebook is too complicated.  He suggests that feature creep has made the once simple interface increasingly and unnecessarily complex.  The following are among the latest changes that he considers as support for his argument: Addition of a ticker Redesign of user profiles via timeline Shift from a like button to gestures that will allow users to [any verb] a [any noun] Shift from lists as Read More …

Reflecting on 500 Blog Posts

In 2009, I moved from an observer to a participant in the growing world known as social media. In January, I joined Facebook.  Within a few months, I was logging in to Facebook several times a day. In May, I secured a domain name.  In June, I launched this blog.  Initially, I wrote a few posts a week In September, I joined Twitter.  Within a few months, I was tweeting several times a day. As I wind down my third year in social media, I recognize that statistics tell a very incomplete Read More …

Social Media Tools for Churches 101

Alys Drake, communications manager for Howell Marketing Strategies, recently wrote a guest commentary in the Commercial Appeal that provides churches with a "social media primer."  She includes six basics: Blogs Twitter Flickr and Tumblr Facebook Geolocation (e.g. Foursquare) Other (YouTube, Ustream, Vimeo, podcasting, QR codes, Google+) So What? In the article, Drake states, "Information is spread at lightning speed via social networks like Facebook and Twitter in a way I Read More …

Two Years of Tweeting

Today is my (@sowhatfaith) Twitterversary.  I have now been tweeting for two years.  I took some time to compare my first year on Twitter to my second.  That analysis yielded the following data: As my comfort level grew, so did the frequency of my tweeting: average daily tweet count was 2.6 in year one compared to 6.8 in year two (an increase of roughly 150%) As I better understood the role and value of Twitter, I moved away from posting my tweets on my Facebook wall.  More recently, I Read More …