Technology for Ministry Social Media – Global Interaction
Social Media Giving people the power to share and make the world more connected.
Summary Topics Global Interaction Mr. Splashy Pants Social Media Social Networking Why Use Social Media for Church Mobile Communication Adventist Smartphone Apps
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Social Media Social media is the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue. Social media is content we make and share together.
Social Media Social Media can take many forms: Communication: blogs (Wordpress), microblogging (Twitter), social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn) Collaboration/authority building: wikis (wikipedia), social bookmarking (StumbleUpon), social gaming, social news (Digg, Reddit), Document managing (Google Docs, Dropbox) Multimedia: Photography (Flickr, Picassa), Video sharing (Vimeo, YouTube, Metacafe), Livecasting (Livestream, Ustream), presentation sharing (SlideShare, scribd) Reviews and Opinions: product reviews, business reviews, community Q&A (ehow) Entertainment:game sharing, virtual worlds (club penguin)
Social Networking A social network is an online service that enables groups of people to communicate and to grow communities. Listen, Learn, Engage. Women Spend 30% More Time on Social Networking Sites Than Men Worldwide – July 2010 (comScore)
Social Networking Here are a few things people typically do on Social Networks: Create a personal profile Add other users as friends Exchange messages Write a status update Check friends posts Upload photos and videos Join interest groups such as workplace, school, church, etc…
Facebook Facebook is the largest social network, with more than 600 million active members – Wikipedia Jan. 2011. Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
Facebook Stats Facebook is designed for immediate response Has more than 6 million page views per minute 37.4 trillion every year 2.5 billion images are uploaded to Facebook every month 46.2 years of YouTube videos watched on Facebook each day
Facebook Groups vs. Pages Pages are for organizations Groups are for several people with the same interest
Church Facebook Page Possibilities for your church on facebook: Reminders of upcoming events or special offerings Photos Bible texts Questions or discussion starters Links to websites or videos related to a sermon Recent News Prayer requests Links to blogs of missionaries or members your church support
Twitter Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now. It is a social networking and microblogging website. What Do You Do With A Twitter Account? It is great for spreading news. Promote events Feedback – ask a question Share ideas
Twitter The communication technology of twitter allows information up to 140 characters to be instantly sent then received by other followers by the second. URL shortenerused for posting links: http://bit.ly According to the online encyclopedia called Wikipedia, twitter has been called the “SMS of the internet” (SMS means “text messaging”). 2007 – 5000 tweets per day 2008 – 300,000 per day 2009 – 2.5 million per day 200 million active users, generating 65 million tweets a day During 59th General Conference Session two accounts used with approximately 2000 followers.
Easily Update Facebook & Twitter HootSuite: Social Media Dashboard for twitter, facebook, linkedin – Key Feature: Schedule updates (mobile apps: iphone, android, blackberry, more) - (hootsuite.com) Tweetdeck: for twitter (mobile apps: iphone, android) (tweetdeck.com) twAitter: for twitter – schedule tweets (twaitter.com) Tweetie: Twitter Client for Mac OS X (atebits.com/tweetie-mac) Mobile apps: Twitter, TweetCaster, Facebook, LinkedIn Link Facebook and Twitter to simultaneously post.
Why Use Social Media for Church Community building - drawing people together and assisting interaction Communication Engagement
Social Media Video
What does all this mean for the local church? “You will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” Acts 1:8 You will be able to be my witnesses in Kelowna, all over BC and Canada, even to the ends of the world.
Communication with God “Virtually all of Egypt’s Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide,” I’m thankful that the lines of communication between us and God are always open. No man or offline technology can ever sever those connections. Here are a couple bible texts that remind us, God always hears our prayer. Psalm 17:6, “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.” 1 John 5:14, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
Mobile Communication Wireless networks are the fastest growing communications technology in history
On-demand Mobile Communication “Digital communication has evolved rapidly in the last few years with an ever-increasing number of ways for Internet users to communicate with one another,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. “From PCs to mobile devices, whether its email, social media, IM or texting, consumers have many ways to communicate and can do so at any time and in any place. The decline in web-based email is a byproduct of these shifting dynamics and the increasing availability of on-demand communication options.” January 20, 2011 (comScore)
Mobile Devices 90% of the worlds population now lives within a mobile reception (ITU Dec. 2010)
Mobile Devices 5.3 billion mobile phone users worldwide (ITU Dec. 2010) Many are in developing countries
Mobile Device Usage Talking SMS (Text Message) - verse of the day, mini devotional email Mobile-optimized websites Audio (mp3), video (play and record) & graphics (photos) Streaming Radio & TV/Podcasts to Mobile Global Positioning and maps Applications (eg. daily devotionals, social networking) Bible downloads
Adventist Smartphone Apps Note: approximately 350,000 apps available on the itunes app store with over “10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years” (Jan. 2011 – apple.com). Majority of the Adventist apps are free Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Accessible through the iTunes store.
Hope Channel ($0.99) Allowing users to watch three of its streaming channels live.
SpiritRenew(Free) Daily devotional of short stories and inspirational articles released through the Pacific Union Conference .
Beliefs (Free) 28 Fundamental Beliefs of Adventist Church
Sabbath School (Free) App gives access to study lessons for adults and children.
EGW Writings Complete (Free) Search the complete published writings of EGW, the KJV of the Bible and Noah Webster’s American Dictionary.
VOP (Free) Listen to live streaming and audio on-demand VOP Radio Programs.
Adventist Hymnal Lite ($2.99) ALL the hymns of the Adventist Hymnal.
Amazing Facts (free) Amazing Facts TV and bible resources.
InPrayer (free) Designed to facilitate a global prayer chain. Social Networking app offers: Facebook and twitter integration, daily devotional & prayer reminders.
Adventist Smartphone Apps Beliefs (Free) VOP Radio (Free) SpiritRenew (Free) EGW Writings Complete (Free) Hope Channel ($0.99) Sabbath School (Free)