Webinar Q&A

November 17, 2010

First, our Webinar is posted!!!  We have had some trouble getting this online, so while we will be doing things differently for future webinars, for this one, please save yourself some headache and read the disclaimers posted above the video.  In some cases it might be better to just listen to the audio than to watch the video. (so sorry about that… next time will be better!)

Y’all asked some great questions, so this post is going to be pretty long. Without farther ado,  let’s get started on your questions:

What exactly is Twitter? Is it done through a cell phone or the computer?

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging website.  Users sign up for an account and can post messages (called tweets) up to 140 characters in length.  Twitter can accessed both online and although through mobile applications (apps) on a persons phone. Some countries also have the ability to send and receive tweets through text messages.

On the webinar, Amy mentioned a crash course on her blog on how to use twitter and hash tags. Go here to read that post.

Go here to follow us on Twitter!

On twitter, what is the difference between posting @Biblein90Days and #b90days?

@[twitter username] in twitter means you are talking to or about someone. This person will be notified that you mentioned them in your tweet, and those who read your tweets can click on the @[name] to see the profile of the person you were talking about.  For example:

I just signed up to be an online missionary with @gmotweets.” – GMOTweets would be notified of your mention, AND the followers reading your tweets can click to see who GMO Tweets is, and perhaps get involved themselves.

The hash tag (#) is used in twitter to label tweets and make them easily searchable. You can search by hashtags to get a feel of what people are saying on a topic. For example, Amy, and those reading the Bible in 90 Days used #b90days to lable their tweets so that anyone on twitter, particularly those in the group, could make/find tweets about the program. It was an easy way to have a discussion with many people. Example:

“I am excited to complete the Bible in 90 days with the group starting Jan 3! #b90days” – When a Twitter user searched for #b90days, they could see all the tweets labeled with this tag.

Again, you can see Amy’s crash course on twitter and hash tags here.

What is a “twitter party”?

A twitter party happens when a number of twitter users agree to tweet about a certain topic at a set time.  They will use a hashtag to be able to identify and interact with each other’s tweets.

I have a Facebook page now. Is is possible to set up a separate Facebook page for my ministry?

Yes!!! not only is this possible, it is highly encouraged! Your personal facebook profile should be where you interact with the your friends and family- people you know personally.  If you would like to start a page for ministry only, you can do so under “pages,” (found under pages and ads on facebook) and click create a page.

To follow GMO on Facebook click here!

Do you know of any good evangelistic sites for teens?

Yes! Here are three sites GMO runs with Student Venture to reach teens:

www.everystudent.com

www.stacistory.com

Meant4more.com

What pros and cons have you found on holding virtual like bible studies, vs. the traditional old fashioned way in person?

Rather than give pros and cons, we just have some thoughts on Virtual vs Traditional “in person” Bible Studies. Virtual studies provide for a multicultural group (in a very literal sense!).  People from all over the world can be in one “small group.” It provides anonymous intimacy, and allows people to comfortably share their thoughts, feelings, and struggles.  Because so many different people can be on, one can see how God is moving in different people’s lives in very different situations. It allows for people who don’t have the option of being in an in-person study to join a small group. It can be held at anytime of the day or night from one’s own space; it provides flexibility.

Some challenges might be understanding when the study is being held- time zones can throw people off. The study might progress a little more slowly.  There can be many different language completion, typing, and spiritual maturity levels. Not everyone has the same level of interest or technical knowhow. This is okay. We aren’t trying to replace the more traditional settings, but want to understand and provide communication venues for many different types of Bible Studies!

The end.

I know other questions were either answered in the Webinar, or were a variation of the ones answered above. Hope this helped you, and stay tuned on fun upcoming social media events in the future!

 

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