Well it appears that Facebook has changed some of its components once again which leads us to go back an re-evaluate how we want things seen and shared. I am still trying to wade my way through all of this, but I have found 2 postings that I would like to share on this. One is by Brian Solis, who wrote the social media book “Engage”. His post has a telling title “Whoops, I didn’t mean for you to read this“. The other is from mashable.com, a really great site for social media. It is entitled “Facebook Users Beware: Facebook’s New Feature Could Embarrass You“. Well worth reading and pondering.
With all of the other things on my plate, one thing that I need to tend to more is Facebook and using it support your mission in the world. I found this link via @RevWeb and it has some good tips on how to make Facebook more effective for your church. The site has an interesting title (KillerChurch) and some good information. Here are some tips for making your church facebook page more engaging. Enjoy!
I have started following #chsocm, a great little blog by Meredith Gould (@meredithgould). She has a guest post by @penelopepiscopl (who has her own blog “One Cannot Have Too Large a Party“) on The Case for Multiple Admins. In this post, she talks about the use of multiple administrators to do the social media work. Having had that conversation myself on more than one occasion, I enjoyed the post. Take a moment to check it out.
One of the things that I come across a lot when I talk with churches about Social Media is “how do we do it?’ This article from Jim Naughton’s fine site, Episcopal Cafe, is a great answer to that question. This post is an excerpt from Elizabeth Drescher’s new book “Tweet If You Heart Jesus, Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation”. I think it may just be the next book in my library.
The following piece is from my colleague Kat Lehman in the Diocese of Bethlehem. She compiles a great little e-newsletter called [email protected] House. It contains lots of information on IT and technical news as well as links to content useful to us in church IT work. To get on the list to receive this newsletter, you can contact her via email and follow her on Twitter @KatLehman.
The largest demographic now in the US are the millennial generation. They outnumber the Baby Boomers. This demographic are teenagers through about age 30 (1980 to year 2000 birthdate) and they want significantly different things from church. They want or like an ancient tradition but they want it modernized and they want to be able to ask a lot of questions. They want to have conversations about what they believe and what others believe. They want to actively participate and they want to be in the decision-making loop. They do this primarily through social media outlets. They like collaboration and they expect to have a voice (even if they are only teenagers right now). They are also extremely hopeful and they are social justice minded as well. They want to make a difference. They are more likely to be innovators than any other generation currently alive and they want feedback especially when they are successful. Interestingly, they don’t generally engage via email. They do so via text messaging, Facebook, Twitter and a thousand and one other ways via social media networks rather than traditional communication means.
This week I am at the Episcopal Church Communicators Conference in Memphis TN. Tuesday we worked on a community garden, preparing it for spring planting. It is always great to see my fellow communicators, and even though i am not a “pure journalist”, I have always felt a kinship to this great group of people. There have been some great highs (food, Civil Rights Museum, wonderful speakers) and ridiculous lows ($12.95 a day for Internet [email protected]?).
On Wednesday I led a workshop on Social Media for Churches, and I have linked the PDF of the presentation here.
I have recently joined an online community “The Episcopal Church in the Province of New England“, or otherwise known as http://province1.org. It is the brainchild (if I may be so bold) of Sarah Dylan Breuer, the executive director of Province 1 and the author of the popular blog SarahLaughed.net. One of the recent topics of this site is a posting from Sophos.com, an anti-virus, security company, on Facebook Best Practices for Privacy. It is a good piece, click through the categories in the menu on the upper right of the page to read all of them.
I know when I have talked to some church groups, there is a resistance to looking at social media and how it should be used. I have come across a nice article by Aliza Sherman called “8 Reasons Not to Fear Social Media“. It is a real practical and balanced article and well worth the read.
I have a link here from The Episcopal Cafe by Ellen Painter Dollar about the dark and light sides of Facebook and social networking—their capacity for both nurture and narcissism. As we talk more and more about social media and how it would work within the church, I think she raises some excellent points as well as concerns. You can read the article here.
The 100th annual convention of the Diocese of Olympia will be held on October 29-30, 2010 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel &Conference Center. I will be offering two workshops, Website Design 101: Best Practices in the Digital Age at 10AM and Social Media and the Church at 11AM. More information on these and other offerings can be found here.
We also will be tweeting about the convention at @ecwwtweets. You can follow along as well as join in on the conversation through Twitter using the hashtag #olycon. A live stream will be shown on the right side of the ecwwblog.org site. If none of this makes sense, there is more explanation at “How do I Tweet Thee…..” See you at convention!