Kidmin Tech Wednesday – Facebook


Todays Kidmin Tech that I want to talk about is Facebook. The company Facebook, which is valued around $104 billion, had humble beginnings in a Harvard dorm but has grown into the world’s largest social network.

Here’s a look at some Facebook fun facts and stats that may surprise you.
1. Facebook users upload more than 250 million photos to the site each day. Sean Parker convinced Mark Zuckerberg to add photo sharing, which is now the site’s most popular feature. Zuckerberg, at first, was hesitant.

2. It’s no surprise that Facebook collects a lot of information from its 900-million-plus users. But last year, in photos and videos alone, it stored upwards of 100 petabytes—that’s double all written works of humankind in all languages.

3. A Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day is 43 percent more likely than other internet users and more than three times as likely as non-internet users to feel that most people can be trusted.

4. Part of Zuckerberg’s 2011 compensation was nearly $700,000 in chartered jet services as part of a “comprehensive security program.

So how can this Facebook Tech Tool Help Your KidMin…

Connection. Want to connect with your volunteers? Go where they are…Facebook. You are much more likely to connect with them through Facebook now than you are by email. What a great opportunity it provides to connect with your volunteers outside the walls of the church in a personal way.

Creating Buzz. You can create a closed group that only those you allow in can see, or a public one for the community to see.
– Closed group: Here you can discuss schedules, parental type announcements, family devotions, share what you will be talking about each week and so much more. We have one for our ministry.

Public group: Share the buzz about an upcoming event, Fun results seen from earlier events, this could serve as a business card for your church to share and invite their friends to be part of.

Training. Grab a video camera and record some short teaching/training videos and post them.

Price for this powerful and most likely tool that a majority of your congregation is already using? It’s free. Simple. Easier to keep up than your own webpage.

As mentioned above we have a private and public Facebook page for our KidMin. Many of our volunteers are joining the group and we’re already seeing the benefits of all of the above.

If you have a Facebook page for your KidMin, I would enjoy hearing your ideas, and feedback on how it’s helping your ministry.

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