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, YouTube, Canva and Snapchat.

📰 Top 5 Digital & Social Media News

🗞️ News #1 – Facebook releases a new ‘Suggested Moderator’ tool for Groups.

(News Source 1)

Last week, Facebook released a new feature called ‘Suggested Moderators’ in Facebook Groups.

This is a new tool that will help you identify existing members within your Group who could be good candidates for becoming a moderator or a group leader within your group.

Facebook Groups are widely used by nonprofits, ministries, and churches to build their community on social media. But the challenge with online, social media community especially, is the need to moderate all conversations, the need for people who would make sure that everything is in line, the conversations are in the way it aligns with your policies and so on.

So you need a lot of moderators if you run a large Group.

Now, this tool from Facebook can actually help you identify potential candidates. Facebook probably looks at people’s conversations or I think they have certain criteria with which they shortlist the members who could be potential moderators for your Group.

Check it out. It seems to be very interesting. It’s under the ‘Admin Tools‘ within your Facebook Group.

🗞️ News #2 – YouTube removes ‘closed accounts’ which might impact Subscriber count.

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Last week, if you saw a slight decrease in the Subscriber count in your YouTube channel, that is because of this announcement from YouTube in their ‘Community Updates’ that they are removing closed accounts.

Once in awhile, YouTube does this whole batch of removing accounts that are either closed by the users or closed by YouTube for any violations of their policy.

When they do that, there is a tendency for Subscriber count to go down. And they actually give a heads up and they make an announcement that they are doing that.

They did that last week. So just want to keep you posted on that in case you saw a drop in your Subscriber count.

🗞️ News #3 – Canva releases new Video Editing tools.

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Canva made a big announcement last week that they are releasing video editing tools.

Canva is a very popular graphic design tool that simplified the whole process of graphic design by just a drag and drop facility. It works out of your browser. Many people use it.

Now they are getting into the video editing space, which could be very interesting because they are known to simplify complex editing processes. If they’re able to simplify the video editing process, which is complex, then it makes our life (content creators and social media content producers) much, much easier.

So I highly recommend you check out this news.

Also if you’re not using Canva as a nonprofit, you should really consider it. Because they have a Canva for Nonprofits program in which they offer the ‘Pro’ version for nonprofits, free. If you qualify for the nonprofit program, you can get the whole program with a 10-user license completely free of cost as a nonprofit.

I highly recommend you check it out. And if they’re going to release the video editing tool, it could be a big help for you in the future.

🗞️ News #4 – Snapchat’s latest report on Gen Z and Millennials.

The Connected Church news by Natchi Lazarus Week 4, dec 19

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Last week, Snapchat released its latest ‘Snap Chatter’ report which contains interesting information and insights into how Millennials and Gen Z behave online and on social media.

The report contains details about the trending topics, the celebrities that they follow, the entertainment that they are influenced by, and also memes and slangs that they use.

For example, if you had one of the comments in your recent posts that said, “OK Boomer”, and you wondered what that means, that is actually a slang used by Millennials and Gen Z. This report talks about what that means.

So if you’re a nonprofit or ministry that’s interested and is working in the area of reaching out to and serving these younger audiences, Millennials, and Gen Z, then this is a report you might want to check out.

🗞️ News #5 – Instagram releases new guides for parents and teens.

The Connected Church news by Natchi Lazarus Week 5, dec 19

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Last week, Instagram released two important guidebooks, one for parents and one for teens, talking about how to use the app safely and be aware of the potential psychological impact that using Instagram could have.

For example, ‘Unhealthy Comparison’. It (the guide) talks about how to avoid unhealthy comparison, looking at all those pretty pictures and perfect life that people are having when they are posting on Instagram and that could have a psychological impact on the users. And this guide talks about how to deal with that. N

ow, these are real issues that you and me, as nonprofits and ministries, face when we serve our audience. I think there’s a lot of learning that we could take away from these guidelines, especially coming from Instagram themselves.

Because as we minister to people, it’s good to be relevant and also have these tips that we can take and implement within our ministry framework.

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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