Social media beyond Facebook and Twitter

Posted Oct 14, 2014 |


By Verity A. Jones

Verity A. JonesIt’s fun to lead a workshop full of religion people who know all they want to know about Facebook and Twitter and are ready to discuss other platforms. The reality of the religion world (churches and organizations) is that every audience I’ve met includes people who use flip phones and avoid Facebook, as well as folks who are Tweeting what I say as I say it. It’s a challenge to address all of their concerns in one session.

Last week, the New Media Project team (Kenetha Stanton, Ray Mills, and myself) led a very brief workshop on “Social media beyond Facebook and Twitter” at a consultation of non-profit leaders using digital media. What a delight to not to have to reference Facebook once! We hope that what we shared with the participants was helpful. Because it was such a short workshop, we did not dive deep into the material. However, we did promise the participants that we would post our references and other resources on the New Media blog. So here goes:

General statistics

Pew Internet Research Project: Social Networking Fact Sheet

Pew Internet Research Project: The Demographics of Social Media Users

Drescher, Elizabeth, and Keith Anderson. Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2012).


Dear Blogger: THE Best Places to Start a Blog (Updated 2014 Edition)

Mashable: 16 Blogging Platforms That Won’t Distract From Your Writing


Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Be on Google+ Today!

12 Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

Google+ for Nonprofits (Google’s own summary of the features available)


Things You Should Know About YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, and Instagram (from Forbes). This article gives a brief overview of each of these platforms for video sharing, along with the strengths and drawbacks of each one.

Visual social media

Meredith Gould’s slides for “Keeping an Eye on Visual Social Media” workshop at eFormation 2014 (June 2, 2014). This presentation covers tips for Instagram and Pinterest (among others), as well as suggestions for sources for images and web-based resources for editing images and creating memes.


Copyright and the Church. This guide from the United Church of Christ has good tips about the things to consider regarding copyright when working with videos, music, images, and more.

Creative Commons licensing is an increasingly popular method for content producers to share their copyrighted work in a conveniently licensed form. Using images and other content that has been shared in this way can be helpful, but it is still important to follow the terms of license applied to the content you are using. The different licensing options are reviewed on their About the Licenses page.

Verity A. Jones is the executive vice president at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, and project director of the New Media Project which is part of the Center for Pastoral Excellence.

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1 Comment

  1. 1 Kyle Oliver 28 Oct
    Thanks for sharing Meredith's e-Formation slides, Verity. Her workshop on visual social media was definitely one of the most popular of the conference.



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