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I am sure most of you have noticed there have been a lot of changing going on here on the website. We are under construction, a realignment of our mission, if you will. We will be adding new sections, taking down some old ones. With any change it can be messy, and normally I would test all of this on a different site and when I had it the way I wanted I would launch.
But this time I wanted to invite you in the creative process as we make these changes. Trying something different. Trying to jump in the song before I know the words. So hang on. it is going to fun. Feel free to leave comments.
Well Folks – after much delay the Facebook timeline has finally arrived. The Timeline is a radical redesign of Facebook‘s user profile pages, introduced at Facebook’s F8 conference in September. Instead of merely listing your interests and personal info, the Timeline shows a detailed overview of your life on Facebook, with the ability to check out what you’ve been out to at a particular point in time. says Mashable.com
The good news is that Facebook is implementing a seven day grace period, where you can review anything that appears on the timeline and decide whether you want anyone to see it. However, once you upgrade to Timeline, that new profile will “go live” at the end of the seven-day review period. Please make sure you check your history for nefarious stuff.
To enable Timeline, go to this page and click on “Get Timeline.” Below is a video I made going through the New Timeline.
Facebook has changed yet again. Starting today you may notice a new link at the top of your page called News Feed and Live Feed. Here is Facebook’s explanations of the change.
“You will be able to catch up on what you may have missed while you were away from Facebook and then easily switch to the real-time stream when you want to see posts as soon as they’re shared. Here’s how it works:
When you log into Facebook, you’ll see the most interesting things that happened in the last day in the “News Feed” view. News Feed picks stories that we think you’ll enjoy based on a variety of factors including how many friends have liked and commented on it and how likely you are to interact with that story.
Once you’ve caught up on what you missed, you can click through to “Live Feed” to see what’s happening right now. As long as you remain logged into Facebook, you’ll continue to see posts and activity from your friends in real-time. You can edit what appears in this view by clicking “Edit Options” at the bottom of the home page.
In other words the News feed takes the place of the hot items you used to see on the right of your screen – while the live feed will give you the regular happenings of your friends. I for one just need Facebook to leave the design alone for a little while.
You can read the full Facebook blog post here
One of the best uses of technology is the ability to connect people. In today’s blog, I want to highlight an article written by Google bloggers – A Grandmother’s Guide to Video Chat. What a great way to make a great connection and to stay connected. Watch the video below
This video, along with a printable guide, can be accessed at http://www.google.com/chat/grandma. Feel free to share this link with your grandma—or grandpa—or, well, anyone who wants to video chat to help get them up and running.
Below is a conversation I had with someone on the Urban Church Marketing Facebook Page – I thought it would assist you as well. please Enjoy
Marlando Sparks Hello sir I’m planting a new church and I’m looking for a place to purchase business cards, banners,and signs , I also would like any info on the best ways to Market a new church in the city thanks
Next create a 6 month marketing campaign that will have two major mission – the 6 month preaching series – and the intro of the church. … Read More
I also suggest this book by my friend Richard Reising
If you have ever wanted to know how to structure your sales funnel for maximum success. Now you have a great resource. Over the years I have found with my clients that the issue is not a lack of creativity, but a lack of a system for getting from point a to point b is the issue. So I created this book to allow people the ability to first understand the sales funnel process and then how to create a sales funnel for your business and ministry.
For all of my i-phone and mobile friends – Here is a quick and dirty to update and merge your email and contact with Google. Thanks to the people at wired.com on this tutorial.
One good thing – if you are using Google calendar in your office or website – this will allow you to stay updated as well as your administrator. Just good stuff. Read the link below.
The ChurchBrand Architect
Urban Church Marketing
Friends – if true this could be a major development in how we connect on the internet. We are seeing a closer integration or standardization of the internet conversation. You will now have the ability to actually name people in your status – in other words tag people in the update. Not sure where this is going but I think in the end it will be good for end users. Read this breaking news here – http://mashable.com/2009/09/10/facebook-mentions/
Cutting Edge Media Content Here: http://thinkintl.tv/ Tech Networks and Communities Mentioned: http://churchtechleaders.org/ (Church Technical Leaders) http:…
Today marks the one year anniversary of my grandfather’s passing. One year ago, I spent the morning calling relatives and relaying the news. I thought I was prepared. But I was not. What I have realized over the last year is that I had been in a huge depression for several years. A downward spiral that was stealing my creativity. I was preparing not for the death of my grandfather, but I had been preparing my own death. Death of my dreams, death of my calling, and the death of my destiny. A slow painful death where I just let it go, without care.
A funny thing happened when my grandfather died. I wrote a blog post that was called “Lessons From My Grandfather”. You can read it here. In this blog post I listed several lessons I had learned throughout the years of my grandfather living with me. This blog went on to become a talk and presentation and basically a battle cry from my soul. You see my grandfather didn’t leave me in sadness. He left me with gladness. He left me a blueprint for success. A reset if you will. He left me with the gift of HOPE and DETERMINATION.
Even in his old age he was willing to learn new things. Like sitting in the hospice with an iPod and Skyping with my son on the computer. My grandfather was privileged to cast his last vote for president for as he called it the “Black Boy”. The look on his face as we stood in line was priceless. He believed in pushing the envelope, breaking ground, and squeezing the best out of life.
Over the last year, we as a family have spent a lot of time reflecting. We have simplified our lives. Downsized. And Prepared. Not for death, but prepared for Life. The year of mourning is over. Time to move forward. Time to live out the legacy. Time to deliver this family into the land of destiny.
Today I am reminded of a passage of scripture, in 2 Samuel Chapter 12, the story is told of David crying for his son. David cried and cried. Fasted and Prayed. Wore sackcloth and placed ashes on his head. But to no avail. The Lord allowed David’s son to die. The death was devastating, but that is not where you should place your concentration. Let me call your attention to the 20th verse. After David learned of his son’s death, the Bible records this;
“Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.” (NIV).
After the pain was over – he washed, put on lotion, changed his clothes, and praised the Lord.
My friend here is what I am saying. Today I declare the Pain is over. The Mourning is over. Your Past Mistakes are Dead. NOW GET UP OUT OF DEPRESSION. Go Wash your self of self-hatred, woe is me, and self doubt. Put on the lotion of peace, love, and kindness. Clothe yourself with excellence, success, and determination. Get a praise in your mouth and declare that this is a new day and a new season.
Yesterday was sadness, but today is Praise.
Thank You Olin Clark for the Lessons. I hear you, but more importantly I can hear God again. I’ve washed myself. My Lotion is On, and I have Changed my Clothes. Now excuse me while I praise. I may not know the words but I do know how to praise. Watermelon Watermelon.