Mass Bay District Spring 2010 Conference References

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Mass Bay District Spring Conference
Sat, 05/01/2010 – 9:00am – 4:30pm
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  peter@uuplanet.com.  — 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

WordPress:  blogging platform very popular among UU congregations
http://www.wordpress.com – host a blog on their site
http://www.wordpress.org – download and host on your own server

Facebook
http://Facebook.com

Twitter
http://www.twitter.com

Share This: add share button to your site
http://sharethis.com/

Hootsuite: Multi user Twitter account management
http://www.hootsuite.com

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
http://yoono.com/

Yelp: Reviews about anything and everything including your congregation
http://www.yelp.com

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.”
http://www.foursquare.com
UU Growth Blog post on Foursquare by Rev. Naomi King

Google Search:  Claim and update your listing
UU Growth blog instructions

Quotes, Articles, Books & Related Sites

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.

Growing Your Religion Through Social Media
by Cole Lewis, Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County.

Mashable Guide to Facebook
Mashable Guide to Twitter

The Myspace / Facebook Racial Divide (added 7:30pm  May 1)

The Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice (amazon)
http://churchofFacebook.com

The Blogging Church by Brian Bailey with Terry Storch (amazon)

UUA Social Media section
http://www.uua.org/socialmedia

UUA New Media Blog
http://newmedia.blogs.uua.org

UUpdates directory of UU blogs
http://uupdates.net

UU Podcasters: Includes how to
http://uupodcasters.com

Iphone App Maker
http://www.appmakr.com/


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.


UU Congregation of Smithton, PA
Number of Members: 12
https://sites.google.com/site/uucsofsmithton/

Includes “What’s Happening”

Facebook Group


Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Number of Members: 104
http://www.tpuuf.org
Facebook

Twitter


First Universalist Church of Rochester

Number of Members: 136
http://uuroc.org
Facebook Fanpage


Tapestry, a Unitarian Universality Congregation in Orange County, CA

Number of Members: 148
http://tapestryuu.org

Facebook Fanpage

Tapestry Blog
Twitter


First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA
Number of Members: 218
http://philauu.org

Facebook Fanpage

Twitter

Iphone app in development

Rev. Nate Walker – Youtube
Rev. Nate Walker’s Website

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).


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
, AZ
Number of Members: 372
http://www.phoenixuu.org
Facebook
Twitter


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

Number of Members: 684
http://www.uuca.org/
Facebook Group
Twitter


First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, NM

Number of Members: 762
http://www.uuabq.org
Facebook Fanpage


Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA
Number of Members: 924
www.uucava.org
Facebook Group


First Unitarian Church of Dallas
Number of Members: 1096
http://dallasuu.org/
Facebook Fanpage


Unitarian Universalist Association
http://www.uua.org/

UUA Blogs

Main Facebook Fanpage
Twitter


The UU World Magazine

http://www.uuworld.org
RSS Feeds

Facebook Fanpage

Twitter


UUA Congregations on Twitter List

http://twitter.com/uua/uu-congregations


Somecity UU Church
(Imaginary )
This is an imaginary church used in Peter’s social media trainings.
Somecityuu.org

Facebook page

Twitter


UU PLANET  TV

http://www.uuplanet.tv
New Video RSS Feed
Facebook Fanpage
UU video alerts via Twitter

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