Social Media Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

Keeping track of the social media universe is an ongoing pursuit. Every few months (or so it seems), a new tool enters the market. Some quickly fade, while others gain traction and millions of users.  Below is an infographic that captures well the state of the social media universe as of the end of 2012. As you scroll down the …

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President John F. Kennedy Reminds Americans to Vote (PSA)

 [pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8cwsSgOKjA” type=”yt” w=”600″ h=”385″] Three days after the informal end to the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy filmed a public service announcement urging Americans to vote. His message was filmed on October 31, 1962, in the Fish Room (now the Roosevelt Room) in the West Wing of the White House. In the 43-second, black & …

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Picture of the Year: New York in Darkness

Many extraordinary images have emerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but this image from the cover of New York Magazine captures the effects of “the Storm of the Century.” Taken Wednesday night by photographer Iwan Baan, it depicts all of Manhattan from the mostly darkened downtown to the oasis of light north of 34th Street. This is certain to be …

The Top 200 Church Blogs

Interested in who some of the most popular and influential voices are within the Christian blogosphere? Kent Shaffer (twitter) over at Church Relevance has posted the top 200 Christian bloggers as of April 9, 2012. Using site stats from Alexa, Google Page Rank, Google Reader Stats, and more, the list has a diverse collection of bloggers, from Al Mohler to …

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See a 200% Increase in Response to Your Twitter Stream

A week ago I was reading a blog post by Michael Hyatt on his daily reading list. Scanning the list, I saw a new service mentioned – Buffer. This is a simple-to-use little app that allows you to create tweets on the fly as you read RSS feeds, your Twitter stream, or just about anything else that may enter through …

North Point Ministries Takes Video Streaming to New Level

North Point Ministries has built a video broadcast system that connects four separate auditoriums in three different locations across metro Atlanta. Buckhead Church and Browns Bridge Community Church are approximately 20 miles — in opposite directions — from the North Point campus, located in Alpharetta, Ga. The church primarily transmits the message portion of its worship service between these campuses …

Sunday Morning – When the Truth Hurts

A few months ago I came across a video that pokes a finger in the eye of today’s church. Produced by North Point Media (part of North Point Community church), the video is spot-on when it comes to its depiction of what has become the cliche-driven “cool” church. Churches across the country–big and small–run to conferences hosted by trend-setting churches …

Free Clipart, Photo Websites & Copyright Issues

Photo courtesy of morgueFile.com Teachers and writers are always on the hunt for appropriate images to enhance their instruction or articles. Clearly, the Internet has simplified this process tremendously, but at the same time the legal issues surrounding copyright and fair use have become more complicated. Yvon Prehn over at Effective Church Communications provides a free webinar on sites that …