Welcome to the Connected Church News by Natchi Lazarus.

This news item is part of the top 5 news (Week 2, May 2024) specially curated for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures. 

WhatsApp has announced important updates to its Communities feature. I know many ministries, nonprofits listening to me use WhatsApp Communities actively. Communities can be a great way to bring together your entire ministry under one umbrella. Now you can add ‘Events’ inside your WhatsApp Groups that are within the Communities. Let’s say you’re organizing a men’s gathering or a prayer group or something like that. You can easily add Events. The most important thing is whoever is interested in attending these events will get a notification on WhatsApp, which could be valuable when it comes to driving participation through WhatsApp for your ministry. The next announcement is about the replies in the announcement groups. As you all know, every Community comes with an Announcement Group where you send one message and it gets broadcasted out to everyone inside the community. Now people will be able to reply to those announcements, but the replies will be grouped together

Here is the full list of the news items from Week 2, May 2024 with source links from Claude AI, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Pinterest.

🗞️ News 1: Anthropic AI Announces Release of an iOS App for Claude & New Team Plan       

Source: Anthropic

🗞️ News 2: WhatsApp’s Communities Feature Gets New Tools including Group ‘Events’     

Source: WhatsApp

🗞️ News 3: Snapchat Releases New Gen-AI Tools & DM Edit Feature in the App    

Source: Snapchat

🗞️ News 4: LinkedIn Launches New In-stream ‘Thinking-Oriented’ Social Games         

Source: LinkedIn

🗞️ News 5: Pinterest says Gen-Z are Behind Increased Engagement in ‘Collage-Pins’  

Source: Pinterest

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