Mass Bay District Spring Conference
Location: First Parish Church of Weston
The following are links and references from my presentation at the Mass Bay District’s 2010 Social Media themed Spring conference. This page will be updated following the conference with additional information, such as resources that come up in Q & A and large group discussions. Have follow up questions? You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Best, Peter
The Social Media Revolution
This video shares great stats about social media, its rate of growth, and communicates the extent to which Social Media is here to stay.
Social Media Sites/Tools
Share This: add share button to your site
Hootsuite: Multi user Twitter account management
Feedburner: Allows you take an RSS feed from any site and make an enhanced feed with stats and other features. Using Feedburner also allows you to make a “permanent” feed, changing the source as you shift around blogging sites.
http://www.feedburner.com (added 7:30pm May 1)
Yoono: Update status across social media sites
Yelp: Reviews about anything and everything including your congregation
Foursquare: Location based “Check-ins” using mobile devices GPS. Connects to other social media sites and says “I’m here and this is what I’m doing.”
UU Growth Blog post on Foursquare by Rev. Naomi King
Google Search: Claim and update your listing
UU Growth blog instructions
With social media it’s not a choice whether you DO social media, the choice is how well you DO it.
– Erik Qualman
Why Should Your Church Invest in Social Media?
This article from “Ministry Best Practices” website shares three quality goals for faith communities using social media – Communication, Connecting, and Call to Action.
The Myspace / Facebook Racial Divide (added 7:30pm May 1)
The Blogging Church by Brian Bailey with Terry Storch (amazon)
UUA Social Media section
UUA New Media Blog
UUpdates directory of UU blogs
UU Podcasters: Includes how to
Iphone App Maker
Unitarian Universalist Example Sites
The following sites represent a range of congregational sizes and approaches to using social media. URLs and membership data based on April 2010 information.
Members page “We are pleased to announce that on June we welcomed our 100th new member in two years! And a super-majority of our pledging units met the high-five challenge! Congratulations, everyone, for a very meaningful year.”
- 44,524 visits to their webpage of which 34,760 absolute unique visitors;
- 27,044 visits to their Podcasts;
- 10,682 subscriptions to their Podcasts;
- 5,428 visit to their YouTube Channel; and
- 1,316 fans on Facebook (1002 visits last week).
UUA Congregations on Twitter List