#GoingSocial – Book Of The Month Review

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The world of social networking seems to change with every passing month. Trying to keep up with every network and blog post feels much like trying to ride a bull. You are never quite sure which way the social networking trends will turn. I remember the day my friend first asked me, “Are you on MySpace?” I looked at him with a confused look. “What in the world is MySpace?” After at bit of a conversation with my friend about MySpace, he helped me make a profile page and without realizing it, I had entered into the world of Social Networking.

Whenever someone begins to look into the world of social networking, it can become an overwhelming task. There are so many networks, such as facebook, twitter and Linkedin. There are so many blogs and news feeds to read. Where does someone begin? How do you do social networking right? Further, as a church leader, how do you use social networking to better your relational connections with different people?

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These questions are the core focuses of Terrace Crawford in his book #GoingSocial. Throughout #GoingSocial, Crawford looks at four major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Blogs) and he looks at many social networking sites that are up and coming. Crawford does a great job of breaking down what each social network offers and further helps show how a certain network can be utilized with the world of ministry.

I would highly recommend this book to any church leader that is wanting to get started into the world of social networking. This is where the book didn’t connect with me. Crawford does a great job of explaining each network for someone who is new to the social networking world. I am not that person. I am very aware of the inner workings of many different networks, seems I use them almost every day. So, I cannot say this book revolutionized my view of social networking. But if you are wanting to find a book that will help you wade into the world of social networking in your church ministry, look no further than Terrace Crawford’s book #GoingSocial.

Let me know in the comments below what you think about the use of social networking within church ministry.

If you would like to pick up a copy of #GoingSocial follow this link to amazon: http://tinyurl.com/GoingSocialBook

7 Features You’ll Love About iOS 7

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I am a lover of technology and I am always a fan on innovation and improvements. Apple’s iOS 7 was released just a little bit ago, and I have had some time to fiddle around with it and I wanted to make a list of seven features that I love and hope you would love about the new iOS 7.

1. Spotlight Easier To Open

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The spotlight search is now easier to get to. Whenever you are on your home screen or any page of your home screens, you simply swipe down from the middle of the screen and spotlight appears. This makes it even more easy to look up a contact or start up any app really quickly. Now you can keep your apps super organized into folders and still get to them with ease.

2. Control Center (My Controls Are Right At My Fingertips)

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I am sure that many people were looking forward to some amazing new features coming in iOS7, but I will honestly admit that I was looking forward to the quick access to my brightness controls the most. iOS7 comes with a new feature called “control center.” From anywhere, you can swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone or iPad and a pane will slide up with all sorts of controls. One being the brightness controls, but also many other great functions.

3. Folders Are Bigger!

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You might be asking yourself, “How do you improve a folder?” The answer to that question is simple. You make it bigger! Now you can hold so many more apps in each folder. So get to organizing!

4. Swipe At Notification Center Launches App

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A simple addition to the new iOS is in the notifications that pop-up on your lock screen. When one shows up, you can swipe left to right across the notification and your iPhone or iPad opens to the app associated to the notification. This is one addition that makes your iPhone and iPad work better for your productivity.

5. Improved Multi-tasking 

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Multi-Tasking has been greatly improved on iOS7. When you double-click your home screen your list of open apps will appear. In iOS7 you are now shown a window of how the app looked when you left it. This makes it easier to quickly recognize what app you are wanting to access.

Another feature added to multi-tasking is the swipe to close function. If you want to completely close down an app you just swipe up on the window preview of the app.

6. built in level

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The title of this feature explains it all. It is nothing too revolutionary. It is a simple tool that is nice to have built in.

7. your background changes the whole feel to your phone

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The last feature that I love about iOS7 the simple way that your wallpaper can dramatically change the look of your whole iPhone or iPad. This becomes an even better feature for people who want their phone theme to match their iPhone case.

So, those are some of my new favorite of iOS 7.  Let me know what your favorite new feature is in a comment below.