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Frank Caliendo as Morgan Freeman as LeBron

Pretty much anything LeBron trends now that he has made the decision to back to Cleveland.  I saw this link on Twitter where comedian Frank Caliendo reads LeBron’s Coming Home essay in the voice of Morgan Freeman on ESPN’s Mike & Mike.  It is very funny.  I enjoyed watching Mike & Mike stifle laughter as he read.

Check it out.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Images over Words

snapchatSeveral weeks ago I posted about the growth of Instagram and how it surpassed Twitter in number of users. It appears that people prefer images over words.

After meeting with a group of junior high students, Tim Elmore found that trend is showing up in how teens communicate with each other. Text messaging is being replaced by apps that allow teens to share images.

Here’s a small portion of what he posted on May 6th about the growth of images over words.

Snapchat — an app that allows users to send photos to one another that disappear after a few seconds—has taken over many teen’s portable devices. So has Instagram. It may well be the future of phone interaction. Just like Facebook, once parents and teachers began to figure out how to use text messaging, students were bound to find new ways to communicate.

It wasn’t that long ago I reported to readers that teens today send about 3,000 texts a month, or about a hundred a day. That’s changing now. And not just for teens but for all ages. As a whole, people are texting less now than we used to. According to Chetan Sharma Consulting, “The average U.S. cell phone user sends about 628 text messages per quarter, down 8 percent from a year ago.”

Technology and communication are ever-changing. We’ve gone from land line to cell phone to email to MySpace to Facebook to Twitter to Snapchat and other forms of staying connected. For those who work with students, it’s interesting to see where the trends go.

What do you see students using to communicate with each other?

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Vote For Syd For Player of the Year

Syd 1000I posted this on Facebook and Twitter yesterday, but in case you missed it, here’s your chance to get involved.

JJHuddle is the place to go vote for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Girls BKB Player of the Year Award. There are twelve girls that have been nominated and they are all great ball players. The winner is based on number of votes and you can vote more than one time. So, vote early and vote often!

I see that many of Syd’s CardNation family are involved in the voting so get out there and vote.  Share the link on your social media sites well.

Click here to be taken to JJHuddle and cast your vote for Syd.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Instagram Fastest Growing App in ’13

instagramLast week I posted about how Facebook may not be dying in the world of social media. While people are using Twitter and other social media tools, Facebook still has a strong presence.

Then, last week, I saw this article on MediaPost.com informing us that Instagram was the fastest growing app in 2013. Twitter, which has 30.7 million users, was the 10th fastest growing.  It seems that people prefer posting images over words with an average of 103.4 million unique visitors on IG last year.

It can be a challenge trying to keep up with the various ways people, including our own children and student in our churches, communicate with each other.  I think it is interesting to see what apps are not only popular, but continue to be used over the course of time.

Here is the full article posted on MediaPost.com.

Facebook was the No. 1 app overall in 2013, but its photo-sharing subsidiary Instagram was the fastest-growing app among the top 10.

With an average of 103.4 million unique visitors last year between January and October, Facebook had easily the largest U.S. audience of any app, with traffic up 27% from 2012. But that growth rate paled in comparison to Instagram — acquired by the social network in 2012 for $1 billion — which saw its app audience surge 66% to 32 million last year, according to Nielsen data.

That’s partly a result of starting from a smaller base, but the comparison with Facebook won’t do anything to dispel the growing perception that the growth in social media — especially among teens — is shifting to single-purpose or messaging apps, including Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Whisper and others.

Instagram also outpaced Twitter, the No. 10 app that grew 36% to 30.7 million last year. How Instagram’s growth translates into ad sales should start to become clear this year, with advertising in the app just launched at the end of 2013. In a recent research note, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth suggested, however, that advertising will continue to roll out slowly on Instagram this year, not contributing significantly to Facebook’s overall revenue.

Close on Instagram’s heels in terms of growth was Apple’s Maps app (No. 8), which increased its audience 64% to nearly 32 million. That gain highlights Apple’s success in luring back irate users after its disastrous launch in iOS 6 in 2012. That isn’t to say it can match the cross-platform reach of Google Maps, which last year boasted 68.6 million uniques, reflecting 14% growth.

Indeed, Google apps — which also include Search, Play YouTube and Gmail — made up half the top 10 apps in 2013, pointing to the ubiquity of the Android OS. The Google platform ran on more than half (52%) of U.S. smartphones in November, according to the latest market share data from comScore.

The increase in mobile adoption overall drove down desktop traffic in 2013 compared to the prior year for each of the top 10 Web sites, according to Nielsen. Google — the No. 1 site, with an average online audience of 164.8 million last year — saw traffic drop 6%, while Facebook’s fell 16% to 135 million, and Yahoo’s 9% to 129.8 million.

Among the top 10, the Ask Search Network suffered the biggest decline, falling 16% to 64.2 million. YouTube, the top video site in 2013, also saw a dip in its audience — slipping 6% from 2012 to 128.4 million, but still far ahead of No. 2 Vevo, with 37.2 million, down 9%. No. 3 video property Yahoo saw traffic fall 8% to 35.4 million.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Facebook Dying? Maybe not.

facebook logoOne of the challenges that many youth workers face is staying connected and sharing information with parents and students. While there are a number of ways to do that, which one is best? For example, texting is used by a lot of people…but not everyone texts. Many utilize email, but not everyone who has it even checks it.

I know in talking with students that many of them have abandoned Facebook and use Twitter a lot. That lead to conversations that perhaps Facebook is on its way out. Then, I saw this article at Youth Ministry Media that points to the fact that Facebook is still a heavy hitter in the world of social media.

They shared this infographic which shows the power of Facebook. Here are the observations they made. I found it pretty interesting.

1. 1.26 billion people used it in the third quarter last year. This is crazy. That means that 1 in every 7 people on the planet used facebook.

2. There are over 800 million mobile users.

3. 83% of 18-29 year olds use facebook.

What are your thoughts?

Facebook Infographic

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Blog or Re-Blog

reblogI describe myself as an occassional blogger. As I’ve mentioned before, I blog about family stuff, what’s going on with my kids, what’s happening in our Student Ministry and various things related to youth ministry. Some of the things I post are simply re-posts (or re-blogs) of content someone else has posted. There are many good resources available on blogs and websites and it is good to share that information.

I have been thinking recently about original posts versus re-blogs. WordPress offers the option to re-blog someone else’s post. Twitter gives you the ability to re-tweet what someone put on his/her timeline. Facebook gives you the share feature.

As someone who blogs occasionally, I wonder how much content out there is original or just a re-working of what someone else has done. I don’t think any one person has the corner on the market on wisdom in any field, but I also don’t want to be that person who just re-posts someone else’s stuff. Any other bloggers wrestle with that.

When I look at some Twitter accounts, the majority of some people’s timelines are re-tweets. Where do we draw the line of re-posting what others say and striving for original thoughts?

Feel free to chime in. And re-blog if you’d like.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Social Media = Unfiltered Opinions?

social_media_status_infographic-01Recently, I’ve noticed that when social media comes on, the filter appears to get turned off. What someone might not say in a public, face-to-face setting goes up in an instant on social media.

A few examples…

During game 6 of the NBA Finals, there were a multitude of tweets about LeBron’s headband. Now I know that star athletes are under the microscope and people comment on everything they do, but I was surprised by the number of tweets about whether LeBron was better or worse without the headband. Some comments were made about his appearance and hairline as well. Of course, all this is going on during the actual basketball game, not after the contest had already been decided.

On Instagram today, someone posted a statement of faith from some organization (which was unnamed) and then made a comment regarding the statement. This led to further comments and then clarification of previous comments. Most of the comments were critical in nature.

On Facebook, I remember seeing a post a few weeks ago about a medical care provider. The person writing the post was unhappy with the care offered, then proceeded to name names and give specifics on what lead to his/her unhappiness and why he/she would never return to that provider. Then the poster asked for referrals to other care providers. While I think we need to be confident in those who provide any type of service to us or our families, I’m not sure Facebook is the place to post grievances.

Back to Twitter, just today someone posted about a pending decision from the Supreme Court. Then the tweet offered this word of social etiquette – “Let’s all commit to acting like adults on Twitter today, OK?” You would think that wouldn’t need to be stated.

I’m all for social media and people’s right to express themselves. Naturally we all have our own opinions and we certainly aren’t going to agree on everything. I think we can even learn from others with whom we don’t agree. What is troubling to me is that it seems the filter is turned off when it comes to social media. Things I would not say in a public setting are fired off without much of a thought when I sit behind a keyboard or with my phone in my hand.

There is a greater opportunity to stay connected through various social media outlets and I enjoy taking advantage of those. It’s when we tweet before we think that we run into problems.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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