Social Media

Social Media, Tornadoes, and Sirens

Social Media, Tornadoes, and Sirens

I admit I'm particularly freaky about thunderstorms, and when the tornado sirens go off, my blood pressure tends to rise precipitously as the barometric pressure falls. I was raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas in the 1960s and `70s. That was during the time that CB radios...

Social Media Common Sense: Uncommon

Social Media Common Sense: Uncommon

I give a lot of advice about online stuff like web content, writing and social media. And sometimes people even listen. When I distill all the advice I've ever given about online behavior, it all comes down to common sense, which may have become something of an...

Where Are Our Manners?

It's no secret I love social media. Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Instagram ... if it's not Pinterest, chances are I'm there. I have friends who are dear to me that I've never met in real life (IRL on the Internet), but talk to regularly and...

The Auto-DM Experiment

The Auto-DM Experiment

The Twitter Auto DM A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how much I (and all the people of Twitter) despise the auto DM. It's puzzling why some people still do it, except that those who send these do so because they think ... well, I have no idea why. So for the past...

Social Media Does Not Disconnect Us.

Social Media Does Not Disconnect Us.

I don't usually rant, but I do reserve the right to. So here it is. I'm really sick of hearing people say social media causes us to be disconnected. I'll answer that with two words: Bull. Crap. Obviously there are times when we become engrossed in our smart phones and...

What’s Your Sign?

What’s Your Sign?

What does your sign say about your organization? It's seen by a few or thousands, depending on your location. Would you buy an ad in your local newspaper or magazine and use the space in a way that confuses and/or alienates your audience? This church used their visual...

Don’t Be a Twitter Mosquito

Consider the mosquito. Many a southern afternoon or evening have been ruined by this tiny pest. They buzz about annoyingly and drive you inside on an otherwise pleasant evening outdoors. And they suck your blood. Don't be the Twitter equivalent of a mosquito. How to...

Twitter Vocabulary

OK, you've decided you need a Twitter presence. What do you need to know before you get started? First, some explanations of basic Twitter concepts. A tweet is a 140-character update. Similar to a Facebook status if you're familiar with Facebook. Why 140 characters?...

Twitter? Really?

Twitter? Really?

Should our small business/church/ministry/nonprofit tweet? Why? You might think ... It's stupid. How does what I had for lunch today enhance my business or ministry? Why would anyone want to know what I had for lunch? The answer to the last question is, they probably...

Social Media: Listen.

Dave Barger announces upcoming Social Media Expedition events As I mentioned briefly in this post, last Wednesday I participated in a panel discussion at the monthly Social Media Expedition breakfast. I attend this breakfast each month on the first Wednesday of the...

Methodists Embrace Social Media

Methodists Embrace Social Media

Thanks to The United Methodist Reporter for the excellent story, Twittering Churches: United Methodists Connect Through Social Networking,by staff writer Bill Fentum. Bill's article highlights Methodist congregations that use social media sites such as Facebook and...

Dear Church: Unplug Thine Ears

Dear Church: Unplug Thine Ears

Did you ever get in trouble because you stuck your fingers in your ears to avoid something you didn't want to hear? Too many churches have their collective fingers in their ears with regard to the Internet and social media. It's no longer enough to throw up a Web...