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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, Google, from Streaming Service Providers, and also news items related to the Coronavirus outbreak and social media.

📰 Top 5 Digital & Social Media News

🗞️ News #1 – Twitter Live Stream now lets you invite Guest Users before you start video

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Our first big news of this week is from Twitter. Twitter’s support team announced last week that you will now be able to invite other users as guests on your live stream. If you use Twitter’s live stream facility, then this is something that you should consider using because this is a feature that has been very popular, especially on Instagram, where you can invite another user and then you have a conversation.

It’s much easier for two people to have a conversation, especially if it is a long duration live stream. And there are many applications that you can bring in. For example: you can have interviews, you can have discussions, you can have Q-and-A’s, you can have testimonials. There are many ways in which you can use multi-people live stream facility.

This is coming to Twitter, especially in a time as this, when people, most people, are in isolated state, they’re shut down, their locations are shut down, they’re working at home. So, live streaming with other people is a good idea. Do check it out.

🗞️ News #2 – Facebook desktop app has been redesigned with new features like Dark Mode

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Our next news is about Facebook. Facebook’s desktop version has a new design. Facebook is one of the most popular websites in the world, without any doubt. So redesigning a website like this is definitely a big deal. And the Facebook team seems to have done a good job with many interesting features like dark mode. You can have dark mode on your screen if you are browsing through it without much light, maybe in the evenings or something like that.

There is also ‘Tabbed home screen’. The profile looks much cleaner. And there are many interesting features like that. So if you’d like to switch to the new Facebook mode you can go to settings and look for this option called ‘Switch to New Facebook’. Facebook says it’s rolling out to most users around the world. So you should have it by now. Look for that option. You can always switch back to the classic version, for now.

🗞️ News #3 – Google releases a fast, better Camera app for low-cost, low-memory devices

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Our next news is from Google. Google’s Android team made a big announcement about ‘Camera Go’ app last week. This camera app is specifically designed for Android Go version, which is a version, a very light Android version, that is designed for smart phones that are affordable, in developing and even in developed countries.

Google says many people use Android phones that are low cost and affordable, with less memory. And usually these phones can’t take great pictures because of the memory situation. But now Android says this Camera Go app has been developed in such a way that even they can take very good pictures.

This is good news because we are here to reach people. And if more people have better functioning smartphones, especially the ones that helps them create good content and take good pictures and so on. If smartphones are getting more functional then it’s good for us as nonprofits and ministries because we can reach more people using these devices. So I like this news.

🗞️ News #4 – Video streaming service provider to reduce quality due to COVID-19

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Our next news is about video streaming services being asked to reduce the video quality. Some of them have reduced the video quality by themselves and some of them have been asked to do it, to make sure that there is no bandwidth problem for people who are isolated, who are staying back at home because of lockdowns and shutdowns in different parts of the world.

More people are on the internet and they are all accessing video services. So services like Netflix, Amazon prime, YouTube, and even Facebook, Apple TV are all looking at reducing the quality of their video streaming so that more people can consume more content by consuming less bandwidth. That way even slower connections will make sure that the videos are playing and people are able to consume content, communicate and have better connectivity.

This is a trend that’s important for us to note. And also as ministries and nonprofits, if you’re streaming videos, audio, putting out videos on the internet be aware of the situation as you go about doing that.

🗞️ News #5 – Weekly News Roundup: Coronavirus Outbreak & Digital Media

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Our final news of this week is a collection of news items related to coronavirus and social media and technology. For the next few weeks, we are going to do this. We are going to give you a list of top articles that you need to read related to the coronavirus and social media so that you get a broader picture. So we’ve grouped the topic of Coronavirus into one news item.

That would be the 5th news item for the next few weeks. This week it includes some interesting news items that talks about how coronavirus pandemic might fast forward 5G adoption in the US, we’re also having news items that talk about how different channels are removing fake news related to coronavirus.

We also have a news item that talks about how nations are using cell phone data to track coronavirus situations and so on. Do check out all the list of stories that we have for you related to the coronavirus outbreak.

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

Have a wonderful week!

Do leave your comments, questions, feedback, and reviews. You can also email me: podcast@natchilazarus.com

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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