Friends and Followers and Social Media

When I first started this position at the diocese, I got a certain amount of push-back on social media from people I talked with.  Why do we need this?  What about privacy?  Who would use it?  How will this help or enhance our mission?  All valid questions.  This article that was sent to me does not necessarily answer any of these questions, but it did raise up an interesting perspective on how you respond to people who follow your content.  I liked his premise, especially when I thought of it in terms of what we are called to do as the Body of Christ.  While the article was not written with this in mind, I found it very interesting when read through a theological lens.  What do you think?

Website Design Done Right

A few weeks ago I was at the Non-Profit Technology Network‘s annual conference in San Francisco.  It was a terrific conference in one of my favorite cities.  It was a really great experience to see how non-profits were using technology to further their mission.  There were way too many workshop offerings for only three days and all were good, but one stood out for me above the others.  Continue reading “Website Design Done Right”

Communication is Mission

A wonderful update from Melodie Woerman:

Yesterday’s “Brother, Give Us a Word” offered this definition of “mission,” a sometimes ephemeral concept for me:

“Mission is primarily about making the presence of God incarnate, that is, visible and tangible, in a particular place and a particular time, where ever “the Body is lacking”and therefore most needed.”

I have just returned from the Episcopal Communicator’s Conference in Kanuga, NC.  This is an annual conference where many of the communications people from the Episcopal Church come together for workshops, plenary talks, renewal and fellowship.  It is a great opportunity to share ideas and recharge for the work we have to do in the coming year.  One of the themes that came out of this year’s conference is “Communication is Mission”.  I’d like to share an experience that happened for some of us after the conference that helped to bring that message home. Continue reading “Communication is Mission”

How to Stay Current Without Going Crazy

Last year I completed a certification program from the University of Washington in Social Media Technology and Implementation.  It was a terrific program and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this topic.  I regularly receive information from the university concerning upcoming programs, tips, etc.   I received an email from them that I would like to share.  It is by Hanson Hosein, director of the UW Master of Communication in Digital Media program.  The complete link is here, but I have copied the information I want to share below. Continue reading “How to Stay Current Without Going Crazy”

Search Engine Optimization, Part 1

I was going to start the year with a series of blog posts on Search Engine Optimizations.  As I was getting ready to start, lo and behold, I receive a tweet from Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices about their latest post from one of my Episcopal Communicator buddies, Richelle Thompson.  The title is “Google: Your Way to the Top” and it covers this very topic!  Since there is no sense in reinventing the wheel and Richelle has done such a fine job, I will let her post speak for itself.

Social Media and a Safe Church

A number of people have asked me of late, “What is the social media policy for the diocese?”  That’s a good question.  We are working on one at the present time and it is a challenge and a balance between making it a living document/policy and not to go overboard with rules and “what ifs”.  Every organization has its own variants of policy and the church is no different.  Our social media policy may not work for, say Coca-Cola, and vice-versa.

Province III of the Episcopal Church have come up with something that is a good starting point for the church.  Building Faith, a blog moderated by Sharon Ely Pearson has a post that I offer as a beginning to that conversation called Social Media: Safe Church.  Check it out.

Facebook Settings…again

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, 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.

Help, I’ve been hacked!

Phishing is the act of sending an email that falsely claims to be from a trusted source, in an effort to obtain your password, personal account information, or just money.  One that I have gotten a great deal of lately is the “I’m in Europe, my passport has been stolen and I need $xxx to pay my hotel bill” variant.   This was sent to me on several occasions by people I knew. Their email accounts had been compromised, and the phisher had sent the email to everyone in their address book.

Obviously, if you see something like this in your inbox, let your friend know his or her email account has been hacked. But don’t send any money.

Lastly, here are some things to do to help protect yourself from being a victim of this type of scam.

1.  Change your password on your email account regularly.
2.  Make sure your password is secure, with numbers and other special characters.
3.  Consider changing your email account if it has been hacked.
4.  Make sure you have anti-virus software on your computer and that it is up to date.  This is especially important with wireless connections.
5.  Don’t give out your email address and password to just anyone.
6.  Review your Facebook settings.  A great deal of information, including email address can be mined from unprotected accounts.
7.  If you are a victim of such an incident, change password immediately and notify the email provider involved.