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Hello! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Connected Church News, where we bring you the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News each week for Leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, Ministries and Faith-driven Entrepreneurs.

We know you are busy. And we know that most of you don’t have the time to search the big world wide web for the current news that is relevant to you.

That is why each week we bring you the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News that you need to know for this week and present it to you in a short video format.

This week we look at news items related to Messenger, Google, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter.

📰 Top 5 Digital & Social Media News

🗞️ News #1 – New Facebook Messenger Rooms will hold 50 attendees with no time limits

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Our first news of this week is from Messenger. Facebook made a big announcement last week about a feature called Messenger Rooms. You can create a Room within the Messenger app and invite people to join your video call. Sounds a lot like Zoom? Yes, that is the whole idea.

This is a competitor to apps like Zoom and Houseparty. But the uniqueness is, you can invite 50 people and there is no time limit with respect to the meeting. The good thing is people don’t even have to have a Facebook account to be a part of the meeting. And Facebook says they’re expanding this to Instagram and WhatsApp! So with all these packed features, I see a lot of potential for a feature like this to be used in a nonprofit, and church, and ministry environment where you can have small group meetings, you can have counseling sessions, you can have prayer meetings, etc. Do check it out, especially in this time of lockdown.

Facebook also made series of announcements, Facebook seems to have had a busy week last week, they made a series of announcements, especially about live streams. You can invite guests to your live streams on Facebook, similar to Instagram. And you can also add donation stickers for specific charities. I will link to all these details, see if this is something that can help your ministry.

🗞️ News #2 – Donation Stickers trend continues with TikTok’s new feature release

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Our next news is from TikTok. TikTok has added a new ‘Donation Sticker’ facility where you can link that particular sticker that you have on a TikTok video with a specific charity, and you can donate for a cause. Now, I wanted to bring this news to your notice because these ‘Donations Stickers’ which are also available on Instagram and very soon on multiple ‘Stories’ apps and short video apps, is one of the trends that you need to watch out for as a nonprofit, a ministry. Because this will be a way to fundraise.

This will be a big way to fundraise in the days to come. Because the users, the young users who are using TikTok and Instagram Stories, they are getting used to the idea of supporting a specific cause using donation stickers. And you as a ministry, it’s time for you to pay attention to this and see if this is something that you can use for your ministry.

🗞️ News #3 – Twitter plays a key role in South Korean Election 2020

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Our next news is from Twitter. Last week, Twitter released a very interesting article about how people in South Korea have used Twitter during their recent elections. South Korea had its election in the midst of COVID-19. And people turned out in large numbers to vote, which is becoming a big case study for countries around the world. But what I wanted to bring to your attention is the way people have used Twitter as a tool of influence. As ministries and nonprofits, we are in the business of helping people, influencing people in a good way, and serving them. And this article has many pointers to that.

How young people have used Twitter, how the government has used, how government agencies have used, the creatives that they have used, the approach they have taken. So do take a look at this article and see if this is something that you can apply for your ministry as well, as you use Twitter.

🗞️ News #4 – Google reveals the science behind the uniqueness of remote meetings

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Our next news is from Google. Last week, Google released a very practical and useful article on the science behind remote meetings. They compared some of the factors that make a successful in-person meeting with the current scenario, where most of us are spending our week in multiple remote online meetings.

They give some tips like, for example, how do you use your eyes, your eye contact during a webinar or an online meeting to make it more effective? And things like how you have to pass around the chance to all the meeting attendees to make it more effective. Very interesting tips. I thought it would be useful for you as a leader of nonprofit or ministry who spends a lot of time online in remote meetings, this might help you become more effective. So do take a look.

🗞️ News #5 – Facebook firms up its presence in India with a $5.7 bn investment in Jio platform

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Our final news of this week is from Facebook, and it’s $5.7 billion investment in the Indian telecom company, Reliance Jio. This opens multiple doors of opportunity for Facebook, but there are two big takeaways that I wanted to share with you as a nonprofit or ministry.

#1 If you are operating in any form in India, and if you serve the Indian market in some way, then this is a news that you need to closely watch. Because Facebook is going to have a bigger role in the Indian social media space. And if you are on Facebook, then you have an opportunity to be a part of that.
#2 This also opens up a new trend of social media giants helping you enter new markets through their tie-ups. And if you are on that social media platform, then you also effectively enter the market that the social media company enters. Do watch out for these kinds of news and see how it benefits your ministry.

That’s all we have for you this week. Thank you for spending your time with us.

Have a wonderful week!

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We will bring you a fresh set of the latest Social Media news for you next week.

Until then, Stay Connected, Stay Blessed.

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