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Encouraging Christians in Wokingham Borough to Engage with their Communities

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How to… Pinterest

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order Seroquel online What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.  It is a pin board on the internet.

 

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go to site What are the benefits of Pinterest?

As a family and children’s leader I have boards for just about every Bible story as well as ideas for games and prayers and quiet time and plays.  You name it, it has a pinterest board so that I don’t loose an idea, no matter where I find it.

Planning
This is the main way most people use pinterest, to help them store ideas they find online and make sure they can find them again in the future.  Of course many of these may well be pinned and never seen again, but who knows.

Recording
People love to take photos, of their crafts, of food, of holidays and anything else; pinterest is a great place to keep these organised and share them with your friends and family.

Inspiring
Pinterest might be a place you find inspiration or somewhere you hope to inspire others; or perhaps a bit of both.  It is a place to share and find and browse no matter what your interest.

 

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Click here for a video guided tour of Pinterest to see it in action.  If you like what you see then the best way to learn is to give it a go, or come along to our workshop day, see below.

 

Online Mission

Online Mission: Would you like some training?
We are putting together a one day workshop to increase your confidence and use of social media. We are keeping the cost of as low as possible and expect it to be £25. This day will be entirely practical, allowing participants to learn from the experience of creating a video, uploading it to YouTube, Tweeting about it and sharing it on Facebook. Fill in the form below if you would like to be kept informed or have any questions about what the day.

How to… YouTube

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What is YouTube?

YouTube is a video sharing online platform.  Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos.   YouTube provides a forum for people to share, connect with and inspire others across the globe.  As part of the google organisation it is easy to upload videos and even easier to watch other peoples’.

 

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What are the benefits of YouTube?

Event

YouTube is the perfect place to share edited videos of events; catching the excitement and atmosphere to let others see and encourage them to get involved.

Advertising

YouTube has made videos as advertising even more popular than they ever were before.  If you want more people to know about what you are doing, make a video; if you are looking for donations, make a video; if you want to spread the message, make a video.  It is the most popular form of social media for teenagers and children and many of them are getting involved by vlogging their lives.

Sharing Sermons

And for the more mainstream you can video your sermons, or perhaps just sections of them, get them onto YouTube and link them to your website and other social media platforms.

 

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How to get onto YouTube

You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that YouTube have a range of videos to help you join, set up, upload and comment on videos.  Rather than try to do similar ourselves we suggest you click here for a step by step guide.

 

Online Mission

Online Mission: Would you like some training?
We are putting together a one day workshop to increase your confidence and use of social media. We are keeping the cost of as low as possible and expect it to be £25. This day will be entirely practical, allowing participants to learn from the experience of creating a video, uploading it to YouTube, Tweeting about it and sharing it on Facebook. Fill in the form below if you would like to be kept informed or have any questions about what the day.

How to… Facebook

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What is Facebook?

Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities.  A personal profile is for non-commercial use and represents an individual person.  The people in a church would have their own Facebook profiles which should reflect their lives closely; it is with these profiles that people interact with other people, pages and groups.  In order to start a Facebook page or group you must have an identity as yourself.

 

Facebook Pages

Pages are for organisations to share their stories and connect with people.  When you start a Facebook page for an organisation you are required to confirm that you are an approved representative of that organisation.   You customize Pages by publishing stories, hosting events and starting conversations. People who like your Page and their friends get updates from your Page in their News Feed.

Pages are predominantly about sharing information although some will include discussions, reviews and chats.  Facebook pages are used much like websites and should be kept current and encourage interaction and sharing of the posts onto individuals’ own timelines.

 

Facebook Groups

Groups are spaces where you can keep in touch with people by sharing updates, photos or documents.  In order to create a group you become the administrator.  Most groups will have at least two administrators and a number of other people who can ensure that the group is used appropriately and rules adhered to.  This is not a difficult thing to achieve until the size or activity of the group grows large.

Groups are places for discussion and sharing, depending on the type of group.  There are public, private, closed and secret groups.  Open groups can be read by anyone but you must be accepted as a group member before you can post or comment; closed groups can not be read by anyone except the members, who have to be approved to join; secret groups are not shown in any lists or searchable systems and members have to be invited to join.  It is important to choose which sort of group you might like; for example a prayer chain group would most likely be closed but a church chat group would be open.

Most churches will have several groups within their church, these might well be expected to be replicated on Facebook.  Identifying the groups and their admins and keeping these supported is an important thing for church leaders to undertake.

 

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What are the benefits of Facebook?

Share Information
Facebook is a cross generational social media platform which appeals from teenagers through to the silver surfers in retirement.  It is often used by families to keep in touch and share news and photographs.  Facebook is used to share information both about personal lives and interests; for example people might share charity events they are involved in or campaigns they are supporting.  Individuals will share articles of interest onto their timeline so that their friends can see them; in this way news can spread rapidly.

Events
Facebook events are an excellent way to tell people about something which is going to happen.  By creating an event for the community fun day and inviting all your contacts in that community you have immediately told them about the event.  You can also share events into community groups or ask people to share events with their friends or invite their friends.  This is free to use and extremely effective with those aged 30-60 who tend to be the most connected on Facebook.

Chat
Facebook discussions, debates and other chat are becoming increasingly popular and allow groups of people to share their interests and opinions as they might do in real life.  Many churches find that discussions about sermons continue through the week and that prayer support can be requested and provided without the need for a central point.  However this requires that administrators are active and watching out for any arguments or additional needs beyond that of Facebook.

Networking
Facebook has fostered networks and friendships across the world, taking on the role of discussion boards before it, enabling strong bonds to form.  It is a fact of our current society that people do not necessarily live near to people they wish to socialise with and Facebook enables these relationships to continue and develop.  Charities and Churches are able to receive and give support to members who are geographically displaced and this is an important aspect of an organisations’ life and mission.

 

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How to get onto Facebook

If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one in a few steps:

  1. Go to www.facebook.com.
  2. If you see the signup form, fill out your name, email address or phone number, password, birthday and gender. If you don’t see the form, click Sign Up, then fill out the form.
  3. Click Sign Up.
  4. Once you sign up, you’ll need to confirm your email address or phone number. They will send you either an email or a text message to help you confirm your account.
  5. Spend time connecting with people and pages and groups you know and learn as you go.  Most people are more than happy to help new users find their way if you ask for help.

 

Online Mission

Online Mission: Would you like some training?
We are putting together a one day workshop to increase your confidence and use of social media. We are keeping the cost of as low as possible and expect it to be £25. This day will be entirely practical, allowing participants to learn from the experience of creating a video, uploading it to YouTube, Tweeting about it and sharing it on Facebook. Fill in the form below if you would like to be kept informed or have any questions about what the day.

How to… Tweet

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What is Twitter?

Twitter is an online social networking service for individuals and organisations to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages.   People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.  Registered users can read and post tweets, whilst those who are unregistered can only read them.

When you create an account you choose a username which becomes your twitter handle “@username”.  To find other twitter users you can search for people by name or @username and follow them. Twitter will suggest users who are similar to those you follow to help you make more connections.  Following a user means you have chosen to receive their new messages every time they post; these will scroll with time so you might need to search through your homepage to find tweets from specific users.

If someone chooses to follow your tweets then Twitter will notify you; if you decide that they are not someone you would like to read your updates then you can decide to block them but this is mostly used to prevent spam or problem behaviour.  Your twitter homepage shows your Following and Followers; you can also see these lists for every other user you are connected to.

 

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What are the benefits of Tweeting?

People come to Twitter to discover what’s happening in the world right now, to share information instantly, and to connect with people and businesses around the globe.  It is a fluid place where discussions and debates flourish and where new ideas can be floated and experimented with.  Used effectively, Twitter allows you to follow and interact with people outside of your personal network to raise the profile of your organisation and build valuable connections.

Tweeters are interested in social justice and in championing causes; by being a part of these conversations you can better understand the issues and passions of those in your locality and engage with people you would never encounter in your normal life.

 

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How to Tweet

The best way to learn how to tweet is to tweet; you can’t go wrong and you will learn skills as you experiment.  But the basics include three simple steps:

  1. Post 140 characters about your day, for example “writing a blog post for Faith in the Community about twitter”
  2. Reply to someone else’s tweet to enter into a conversation, for example “@FitCWokingham I am looking forward to reading your post”
  3. Retweet a tweet you like and want your followers to see, for example “RT @FitCWokingham have written a really useful post about twitter”

 

Online Mission

Online Mission: Would you like some training?
We are putting together a one day workshop to increase your confidence and use of social media.  We are keeping the cost of as low as possible and expect it to be £25.  This day will be entirely practical, allowing participants to learn from the experience of creating a video, uploading it to YouTube, Tweeting about it and sharing it on Facebook.  Fill in the form below if you would like to be kept informed or have any questions about what the day.

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