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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 Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, WhatsApp and Twitter.

📰 Top 5 Digital & Social Media News

🗞️ News #1 – Facebook releases a new tool to transfer your videos & photos.

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Earlier this week, Facebook’s privacy and public policy team made an announcement that they are releasing a tool that will help Facebook users transfer their Facebook photos and videos to another service, like Google Photos.

The team says this is part of giving portability of data to the users. Already your Facebook data can be downloaded by you. But now transferring photos and videos to another service can be really helpful.

Especially if you are contemplating deleting an account or even taking a backup of all your photos. Because over the years, many of us have posted multiple videos and photos on Facebook and it will be nice to know what they are and also have a backup of all of them just in case you posted it directly without saving it on your computer.

It’s right now being released only in Ireland, but globally the company says it will be available by mid-2020

🗞️ News #2 – Twitter now allows you to ‘Hide Replies’ to your tweets.

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Twitter rolled out its new feature that lets users ‘Hide Replies’ to tweets. They rolled it out globally, and now you can, as a conversation starter, you can hide the replies to your tweet.

This way it gives you more control over how people engage with your tweet, and how they look at your tweet. It’s interesting to see how Twitter has been constantly making user experience (UX) changes. UI and UX change over the last few months to make it more interactive.

It’s encouraging, because Twitter is a very influential platform, especially in the political space and also in policies, and also in triggering movements around the world. So how Twitter controls the conversation and how it lets users control their conversation is very interesting to watch.

There’s a lot of cues that other social media channels can take from Twitter

🗞️ News #3 – WhatsApp releases new features for Apple iPhone users.

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WhatsApp has released an update for iPhone users with features including the ability to send a message directly from a Braille Keyboard.

They have also added features like the ability to control your Groups privacy settings where you control who can add you to Groups. And most importantly, they have added a call-waiting facility.

This means if you’re on a WhatsApp call and you receive another call, then you can place it on Hold and Decline it and do all those regular things that you would do on a regular phone call. Now, that can be done in a WhatsApp call.

I know many ministries and nonprofits use WhatsApp for communication, across the border, and even for regular work. So I think this is a useful feature. Definitely check it out. Update your iPhone’s WhatsApp app to get these features on your phone.

🗞️ News #4 – Doctors use TikTok to connect with teens on important topics.

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Last week, CNBC released an article about how doctors are using TikTok to reach out to teens and talk about important topics like Birth Control, Vaping and other health-related topics.

Now I wanted to bring this article to your notice because I know as Nonprofits and Ministries, many of you are trying to reach teens and certain age groups and demographics, which is challenging on social media. Because their pattern of consuming content is very different.

And this article showcases how certain doctors are able to do this very effectively using TikTok.

So this has a lot of learning and interesting strategies that you can take a look at. Do have a look and see if you can use TikTok as a vehicle or a medium to reach this particular group of audience.

🗞️ News #5 – Instagram Stories play a role in #GivingTuesday movement.

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Our final news of this week is about Instagram, and how it is impacting a global generosity movement called #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is the Tuesday that usually comes after the Thanksgiving weekend. And when you’re watching this news, you would have just passed that Tuesday. So it was earlier this week on December 3rd.

Usually, it has participation from millions of people from around the world. And it’s not just about giving money, but for 24 hours you can give various things like food and you can show support to your cause and build community and so on.

It’s a very interesting program that lasts only for those 24 hours. This article on Forbes talks about how Instagram and Instagram Stories are impacting this in a big way with the ‘Donate’ button.

So I wanted to bring this to your notice so that you as a ministry or nonprofit, can think about how do you use social media for such drives, you know, 24-hour drive or when you raise funds for a certain period of time, how you can effectively use (social media), especially tools like Instagram Stories.

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.

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