Building your social network

July 20th, 2011 1 Comment »

The NWLC 2011 workshop, Building your social network, was co-taught by Matt Peterson (@mattofact on twitter) and DJ Chuang (@djchuang on twitter). Here’s the slides and links below that.

Social media tweets from @mattofact:

Links and resources mentioned in this workshop:

Examples of social-media-savvy churches:

NWLC10 Lancaster workshop notes

October 6th, 2010 No Comments »

Workshop slides and website links will be posted here for all 3 workshops in the Stewarding Technology track — Technology Steward 101, Top Online Tools to Connect to Your Community, and Leading Your Team Through Technology.

Links and resources mentioned during workshops:

How often should you Twitter?

June 11th, 2010 No Comments »

On the Tech Steward Tuesday webinar series a few days ago, these are the rest of the questions that were answered, and here’s a re-cap of my answers.

Q: “How often should you update in order to make this technology useful?”

I personally suggest making a twitter update at least once a day, when considering whether to start a twitter account or not. Alternatively, if the primary use of twitter is to be responsive as a “customer service” responder, then a twitter update at least once a month would suffice. One report shows that about 20% of registered twitter accounts have sent an update at least once a month.

Q: “Should a church link their Facebook pages to their Twitter posts?”

There are various opinions on whether a Facebook page updates should be linked to their Twitter updates. It’s a strategic question– if the function is to make announcements to all, then linking Twitter and Facebook together makes sense. If the intention is to have focused discussions on the Facebook fan page, while using Twitter for announcements, then linking would not make sense.

Q: “Can you put an audio file on Twitter?”

There are several ways to post a twitter update with a link to an audio. 3 ways to make audio tweets are audioboo.fm, twaud.io, and tweetmic.com.

How to Find and Be Found on Twitter

June 10th, 2010 No Comments »

On the Tech Steward Tuesday webinar series this week, these questions were answered, and this is a re-cap of my answers.

Q: “Is there a way, like facebook has, to find others that might be your followers?”

There are a number of ways to follow and to be followed on Twitter. Twitter itself has a Find People searchable directory and you could also find people using your contacts on Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL. There are also twitter directories like wefollow.com, twellow.com, and tweetfind.com.

Q: “Is there a place to ‘register’ hash tags?”

Hashtags are “add tweets to a category.” ‘Registration’ is not required; a hashtag gets established by the first few people that uses one. Websites that track hashtags include: hashtag.org, What the Hashtag at wthashtag.com, and twemes.com. And Twitter search shows popular hashtags (and phrases) in its trending topics. Learn more about twitter hashtags at the Twitter Fan Wiki

Q: “How does one receive a notice of a Twitter update?”

You can view Twitter updates on the web via twitter.com on any web browser, on a computer desktop via installed software, or on a mobile phone via SMS text message or smartphone app.

Q: “How can twitter be most beneficial to reaching lost people?”

Examples of how Twitter can be used for outreach and evangelism can be read at: How to Use Twitter as an Evangelism Tool [ehow.com] and Twitter and evangelism [InternetEvangelismDay.com].

Certainly there is much more that could be said about these questions. What would you add?

Should your church Twitter?

June 8th, 2010 2 Comments »

Thanks to all who joined our webinar today! The topic was about whether your church should Twitter, and it was goal to provide practical questions and considerations for your church and its leaders to discuss and discern if Twitter’ing would strengthen your church’s life in community.

I mentioned a Time magazine article from May 2009, Twittering in Church, with the Pastor’s O.K., has great examples of how 4 churches are using Twitter as a part of their worship services. Read the article there and then add a comment here with your thoughts and comments.

Stay tuned to the TechSteward.net blog, and over the rest of this week, you’ll see a recap of answers to the questions that were submitted during the webinar, including:

  • Is there a way, like facebook has, to find others that might be your followers?
  • Is there a place to “register” hash tags?
  • How often should you update in order to make this technology useful?
  • How can twitter be most beneficial to reaching lost people?
  • Should a church link their Facebook pages to their Twitter posts?
  • Can you put an audio file on Twitter?
  • How does one receive a notice of a Twitter update?

For those who attended and/or registered for this webinar, you should be receiving an email in the next day with a link to the slides presented and a recording to the webinar.

The Tech Steward Tuesday webinar series will continue in two weeks on June 22nd. The webinars are free, so register to reserve your seat.

Next week, I’ll be in Albuquerque for Worship Leader’s National Worship Leader Conference, and we’ll be talking about the Stewardship of Technology during the one-day pre-conference. Hope to meet some of you there, or a future pre-conference at one of the other two National Worship Leader Conferences.

By the way, we just got at Twitter too — follow @techsteward.