10 Ways to Create Shareable Social Media Images

10-Ways To Create Imagery

Social media is ubiquitous. According to Pew Research, 74% of online adult Americans use social networking sites. That's 3 in every 4 people that are clicking on Buzzfeed quizzes, seeing what your breakfast looked like, and even engaging online with people they've never met face to face. According to the same research, 41% of adult internet users take photos or videos that they have found online and repost them on sites designed for sharing images with many people. ... Continue Reading

Instagram Hashtag PowerUp: TextExpander

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A quick Instagram tip. I’m sure you know that hashtags are important for Instagram (Twitter too), they are one of the very few ways that people can actually find your Instagram account and help you stand out on Instagram. Instagram is also a platform which rewards hashtags and it’s okay to use quite a few of them (as long as they are relevant). The only problem is, it can be a hassle to think up all the different hashtags to add and it can be time consuming to add all those hashtags. Well, I’ve ... Continue Reading

Do We Need a Social Media Exodus?

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Recently, Joss Whedon—director of both Avengers films, creator of the Buffyverse, and nerd icon—left Twitter. Despite some early erroneous reports as to why he left, Whedon was quick to clear up the record: I just thought, Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place....And this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life....It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella. In another report on his departure, Whedon is quoted as saying: ... Continue Reading

Social Media Conflict with Jay Kranda [Podcast #55]

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Twitter only allows 140 characters and places like Facebook and Google+ are not ideal places to discuss deep issues. But alas, it's what we all do. So how do you deal with conflict that occurs on social media (because it will happen)? What happens when your church, ministry or nonprofit faces it? We have the Saddleback Church Online Campus Pastor and the Social Media Church Podcast's very own Jay Kranda to discuss. ... Continue Reading

UnProgrammed: 03 Ask For Help When You Don’t Know

Ask For Help When You Don't Know

There is a theorem in Computer Science called "Ask An Expert," which unlike other theorems that rely on algorithms and experiments, this one simply relies on focusing on finding the answer instead of trying to figure it out. My experience with church tech social media groups and forums is that we love to talk, but can't stand to ask and listen. I wonder if we could do this better? ... Continue Reading

‘The Art of Social Media’ by Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick [Saturday Morning Review]

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Guy and Peg are seasoned veterans of using social media to get the message out about different events and causes. In the Art of Social media they unleash 100 different tips within 12 different chapters to help you get to grips with social media. I went into this book with the wrong expectations. I knew that Guy likes to publish a book on the topic he has been helping to promote most recently and the Art of Social Media is no different, I just expected it to be a bit different. You see his ... Continue Reading

Social Media Shortcuts [Infographic]

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A study came out a while ago that keyboard interactions are faster than mouse interactions. So naturally, if we can have shortcut keys for everything in our life, we can be more and more productive. Social media is no different, so the infographic below shows off all of the shortcut keys available for you to use and get your most effective tweets, likes, pluses, and plays as possible. ... Continue Reading

Twitter Will Kill You [Video]

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Well-known Belgian singer and rapper Stromae has released a new videoclip for his song Carmen. It's a doomsday tale of how Twitter starts out innocent, but then completely destroys your life. The cute little bird turns into a heavy load, hampering friendships and relationships, and leading to loneliness. And everyone is under its influence. Even Queen Elizabeth and President Obama make a cameo! ... Continue Reading

By The Numbers [Series]

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I've released my first book, By The Numbers, which you can get on our Churchmag Press site here as well as a series of articles giving some back story to why we had posted the article. But we want to make this specific page as a landing page for everything that is going to go on with this series as I recognize this is going to be at least a one year endeavor with more articles with follow up data, interviews of social media, and web managers with some of these churches, and a look at some of the ... Continue Reading

Please Help Us Pick A Hashtag! [Podcast #51]

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After several conversations have erupted on Twitter and Google+ about the ChurchMag Podcast, we've decided that it's time for us to pick a hashtag. Hashtags are a great way for everyone to be a part of a larger conversation, and since you are a part of that conversation, we thought it would be awesome if you could help us bake it up. Here's more info... ... Continue Reading