There is a new trend on Twitter that has regularly been hitting the United States and International trending list: “Today’s Kids Will Never Know Trending Hashtag” (#todayskidswillneverknow). I’ve done a little digging and found a bunch of tweets that I love the tech angle. I don’t buy the “we are better because we had to suffer” point of view, especially with tech. But the nostalgia is definitely fun.
The ChurchMag beat includes technology and how Christians can best use it or how it impacts the Church. One big thing we promote indirectly on a regular basis is to keep it honest. Whether you are a Christian organization online doing shady things or gossiping via Facebook groups. We’ve covered it.
This video by Marques Brownlee is actually a Twitter trend that has gone viral where he sees people tweeting Android or Microsoft branded tweets via an Apple product.
“Having an interest in how churches leverage tech could’ve made me more sensitive.” That’s one of the thoughts I had after an experience with a church online. This experience? Because I couldn’t find their website I searched for them on Facebook. I asked for service times until 363 days later. No kidding. Two days shy of a year, I got a response. I chose “response” because it wasn’t an answer to my simple question: “What are your service times?”
Canva is an online drag n’ drop design program. Either through its an app for Android or iOS or through the web portal you can choose from thousands of pre-designed templates for various layout needs and simply edit with a massive library of fonts and graphics till your heart is content. Should I Use Canva? It is mostly free! There is also a premium version.
This makes it especially enticing for churches and church communication teams that don’t have the budget to hire a professional graphic designer and would like to put a tool into the hands of their non-designer staff and be able to finally achieve some decent looking graphics. Whether that be for a bulletin, for the church website, or social media channels this does seem to be the obvious solution. Or is it?
From spam, bots to ‘unsavory’ engagement Twitter has had to deal with a lot of challenges over the years. To be honest, there were times I thought its demise was imminent. Yet, they’ve been resilient in addressing some of these challenges. Now, I know how they address or have addressed some of these things is debatable. Is that what they should have done? Was whatever they’ve done enough? Should they have done x or y that way? Whatever our opinions we can’t deny that some of the things that have bothered us, bother them as well.
I’ve talked a lot on here about the fact that you need to use your social media accounts or lose them. It would be very hypocritical of me if I were to tell you that and then not do it myself. In 2016, I was on Nils Smith’s podcast and stated that it was time for Twitter to end. While this has not happened, the reason I figured Twitter should end continues. So, I’ve decided to delete my Twitter account.
(This is actually part of my New Year’s resolution to say no to more thanks, the Bob Goff experiment.)