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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 Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google.

📰 Top 5 Digital & Social Media News

🗞️ News #1 – YouTube adds the ‘Assisted Trim’ feature for videos with copyright claims

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YouTube has added a new feature called assisted trim, which will help YouTube creators remove certain portions of their video that might have a copyright claim.

Now, this feature will let creators trim out that section alone and leave the rest of the video when they have a copyright strike.

Copyright strikes are something that you need to pay attention to if you’re using YouTube, because YouTube takes copyright claims seriously, and your video might be affected in its performance, or monetization, or it might even end up being taken down if there are copyright claims.

So a tool like this could be useful where you can trim that part alone. Because I know in ministry settings, sometimes unintentionally, certain portion gets included, say in a sermon or a message, which might have a copyright claim. So if you can trim that part alone and leave the rest of the message which you want to convey to your audience, then that could be helpful. Do check out.

🗞️ News #2 – Facebook enhances Instant Articles for Publishers.

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Last week, Facebook added new features to instant articles for publishers. Facebook wants to house as many news items from publishing houses, as possible. So they have been adding new features.

There has been a lot of news about Facebook being intentional in working with publishers. In that path, now Facebook has added two important enhancements.

  • One is when people read a story from a publisher, they will have a button, dedicated navigation at the bottom, that will allow people to click on, say, a more button where they can read additional stories. Now they read one story, then they can read more stories from the same publisher by clicking that button.
  • And Facebook is also giving them a call to action facility where they can add a CTA button and let people take action, like being added to the publisher’s email newsletter. And so on.

🗞️ News #3 – Armies ban Social Media for Military Personnel.

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Last week, CNBC reported that the US army bans TikTok following guidance from the Pentagon and the army spokeswoman was quoted saying, “It is considered a cyber threat, we do not allow it on government phones”.

And on another news from India, Indian Navy banned social media channels like Facebook and even smartphones on military warships and on Naval bases.

🗞️ News #4 – Twitter Lists and Topics to get new features in 2020.

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Twitter seems to be coming up with multiple enhancements for their Twitter lists and topics and many design elements.

Last week, their design and development team talked about all of this in an interview, and it seems like they are enhancing certain things like activity details and location sorting and so on.

I know there are many nonprofits and ministries that use Twitter very actively, especially Twitter lists. So if you are one of them, I highly recommend you check out this interview, which has a lot of details about how Twitter is approaching the new year and the kind of changes that they’re bringing to their design.

🗞️ News #5 – Google releases tips on digital health and wellbeing for 2020 based on a study.

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Last week, Google’s digital wellbeing team released an interesting article that I wanted to bring to your notice, and this article talks about how to use technology in a way that will make you healthier with respect to your relationship with your smartphone and technology in the coming new year 2020.

As leaders of ministries and nonprofits, it’s important for us to not let technology and smartphones become a distraction or get in the way of progress. So, that way, this article has a lot of interesting suggestions based on research.

They had spoken to more than 100,000 people and they have got inputs and insights that they have used to come up with these suggestions on how you can use, for example, use a smartphone to get on a focused mode when you’re working, and also have a wind-down routine, and have a healthy digital life.

So do check it out, even though it’s for Android. I’m sure it’s also applicable for iPhone users and anyone, who is wanting to have digital wellbeing in the coming new year.

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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