Goodbye Facebook – Hello Twitter

People's social media usage habits while working are changing.  According to the latest research by Palo Alto Networks, during the last six months (November 2011 to May 2012) the percentage of time workers spent on social networking sites shifted: Facebook: down 17% (from 54% to 37%) Twitter: up 10% (from 11% to 21%) Tumblr: up 9% (from 1% to 10%) So What? In only six months, the percentage of time people spent using Twitter at work doubled and the percentage of time they spent using Read More …

Review of Viral

Meet the Author Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism at Drew University and visiting distinguished professor of Evangelism at George Fox University, was voted one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America, and continues to write and speak prophetically about the church.  An ordained United Methodist pastor, Sweet has authored over 20 books and 600 articles, and is perhaps best known for his forward thinking ideas about the church.  For more information, check Read More …

Twitter Turns 6

Happy 6th birthday to Twitter!  Writing for Mashable.com, Stan Schroeder effectively captures the significance of this milestone  in the first two sentences of his post, which was  publsihed earlier today: On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey tweeted the first ever tweet on Twitter. The sheer fact that you can understand that sentence shows you how far Twitter has gone since then.  So What? Twitter passed the 500 million user count last month and continues to grow rapidly.  I find it useful Read More …

#FF – Follow Friday

Every Friday morning I wake up to a Twitter stream that differs from the other six days of the week because of #FF or Follow Friday.  This weekly event is a way that those on Twitter can share who they value and encourage others to consider following those individuals (or entities). So What? Months ago I found that with each new Follow Friday I asked myself "who do I follow?"  While this was a good way to evaluate my ever expanding list of those I follow on Twitter, it also pushed me Read More …

What About Twitter is Appealing?

Carol Howard Merritt, a Presbyterian pastor and the author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation (2007 - read my review here) and Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation (2010 - read my review here), recently was interviewed by the Christian Century.  Among other things, she was asked to "say more about what you find so appealing about Twitter."  Her response, in part, follows: I use Twitter in a couple of ways. It's a news stream for me . . . As a pastor, I use 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 …

Twitter – Religious Leaders & Religious Content

Claire Diaz Ortiz - leader of social innovation, philanthropy, and causes for Twitter - attended Catalyst's recent Be Present conference to network with the speakers and many of the 13,000 attendees. This appeal is a part of a larger effort by Twitter to reach out to religious leaders. So What? In her article on this story, Sarah Pulliam Bailey quoted Diaz Ortiz: It's about relationships and social media is about relationships. A lot of companies don't understand that. They think it's a Read More …

Do Church Members View Your Website?

In the July/August 2011 edition of Presbyterians Today, Joelle Anderson and Ida Smith-Williams wrote an article about trends in how Presbyterian congregations communicate digitally.  They reported on research that shows a significant increase, between 2001 and 2008, in the percentage of congregations who use e-mail and websites to communicate with members. So What? While congregations have moved toward websites, perhaps congregants have moved beyond them.  More specifically, while 63% of Read More …

In 5 Words or Less

Jonah preached what is arguably the shortest sermon in the Bible (Jonah 3:4): just 8 words in the NRSV: Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown! just 7 words in the Message: In forty days Nineveh will be smashed just 5 words in the original language (Hebrew) So What? One need not be long-winded to be effective.  The results of Jonah's five word sermon were nothing short of amazing.  In our sound bite culture where big ideas are often conveyed or discussed in 140 characters Read More …