10-Years Since YouTube’s First Video Upload

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Alternate title: Cat Videos & Screaming Goats: An Ode to YouTube Happy Anniversary, YouTube! Ten years since you've first video upload, and now you're seeing over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute! YouTube, we're so proud of you! Watching you grow up has been a real thrill. From your vast and growing collection of hilarious cat videos to your proliferation of bizarre and, sometimes, downright inappropriate human behavior—you've seen and shared it all! ... Continue Reading

Parents Rejoice! Google Releases YouTube Kids

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YouTube can be a pretty incredibly tool for parents. Access to a wide range of children’s programs as well as educational content can help really open up a kids world and provide them with not only entertainment but also education. The only issues is that not everything on YouTube is something you want your kids to watch. I’ve been there as a parent watched in horror as an “episode” of Peppa Pig started playing only to discover that some clever clogs had edited clips to make their own episode ... Continue Reading

12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas: Favorite YouTube Video of 2014

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This is the second day in a series of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. This was another great year for YouTube as more and more creative content is being posted online. Does not matter if you are someone that enjoys watching gamers, vloggers, Christian poets, sports action, comedy, or music videos. It's all there. Below we have some great recommendations for you, but I also wanted to show off a production YouTube has been ... Continue Reading

How to Increase YouTube Engagement [Infographic]

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Yes I have told you that YouTube is the largest video site, second largest search engine, and third most visited site on the Internet. Hopefully your church has at least considered the idea of utilizing it within a digital ministry. For those of you who are contemplating this possibility or have already pulled the trigger and begun to develop a video profile online, I have a couple of tips for you in the infographic below. These truly are just tips, you need to create a whole strategy around ... Continue Reading

YouTube’s Toolbox [Infographic]

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Is your church, ministry or nonprofit on YouTube? YouTube should not be overlooked. With more than 1,000,000,000 unique visitors every month, it's a platform that simply cannot be ignored. Here's a toolbox of YouTube's tools for your viral video creating pleasure: ... Continue Reading

YouTube on the Go [Infographic]

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Like everything else on the web, YouTube is getting used on mobile devices more and more. If you were in doubt that the Internet is becoming more mobile (smartphones and tablets) and less stationary (laptops and desktops), here's further proof. YouTube on the go: ... Continue Reading

Has the Church Overlooked YouTube?

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Has the Church overlooked YouTube? Posting updates on Facebook and Twitter and throwing in an image or two now and again requires far less 'know-how' and technical requirements, whereas producing a video to upload onto YouTube has a far more drastic learning curve for most churches. Perhaps that is why so many churches don't utilize YouTube when it comes to the different social media platforms. Here's how the different social networks stack up in ROAR's Social Media in Church Survey: ... Continue Reading

Can You Watch This ENTIRE Video?

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Squirrel! Who can forget the classic scenes from Disney Pixar’s film, Up. During the adventure to Paradise Falls, our hero finds a pack of dogs with ‘voice translators,’ giving us some insight into a dogs attention span: ... Continue Reading

Copyright Challenges of Using YouTube to Host Video

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In July of 2005 I started my first podcast. I'd already been doing Church tech for a few years by that time, so when I went to look for theme music I wanted to honor the artists by following copyright law. I searched for what was called "podsafe music," music that wasn't published by the major labels, so permission could be granted by the original artists. After a couple of hours, I came across a band that was really good. They were a Christian group, so even their lyrics worked for me. The ... Continue Reading

Sherlock + Sesame Street = Muppetastic! [Video]

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When I was growing up, you knew when someone was famous if they appeared on The Muppet Show! Now, following in that great tradition, Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's 'Sherlock'), has appeared in a spot for Sesame Street. Benedict's been set a tricky conundrum by the wile Murray-arty (get it?!). With the help of Count von Count (he's always been one of my faves!), can they solve the puzzle?! ... Continue Reading