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Digital vulnerability

by Richard on September 7, 2013

Pete Phillips explores digital media and human frailty.
…our involvement with the digital actually makes us so much more aware of our own limitations, our own weaknesses, our own vulnerabilities. But in turn that means that the interweb is a place full of weakness and vulnerability – where such are accepted not as something wrong [...]


Twitter as weapon

by Richard on November 16, 2012

#IDF v #Hamas: the new Gaza war in 140 characters or less
By Mat Hardy, Deakin University
The hostilities between Israel and Hamas this week are just another sad exchange of munitions of no benefit for anyone, least of all the impoverished residents of Gaza. Rockets go one way, Hellfire missiles go the other. Targeted killing, random [...]


War is not a game

by Richard on November 16, 2012

I couldn’t believe the headline on readwrite social this morning: Unbelievable: The IDF Has Gamified Its War Blog
Yesterday, when I wrote about the social media campaign that Israel was waging alongside its attack on Hamas, I thought it was interesting. I thought it was a straightforward and effective way of presenting the cause behind the [...]


Bits & bobs

by Richard on October 7, 2012

Pretending to be a Preacher says “The church is your neighbour too.”
Mr John Cooper has an attack of the Gilbert and Sullivans, proclaiming himself the very model of a modern methodist. Who’d argue?
The Conversation offers evidence that people are intuitively co-operative.
Did Pulpit Freedom Sunday have much impact where you are? I’d got no idea that [...]

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Facebook is…

by Richard on October 5, 2012

No. Not a chair. That’s silly.
Facebook is… The Liar has some apt analogies.
I’ll be smiling about dog poo for the rest of the day.


The ups and downs of crowd-sourced news

by Richard on April 27, 2012

Many regular readers will be aware that my friends in the United Methodist Church have been meeting in Tampa, Florida (lucky things!) for the four yearly General Conference. They have followed the lead of the British Methodist Church by having a live video feed of proceedings and, perhaps more importantly, there has been a lot [...]


Together alone

by Richard on April 16, 2012

“Those little devices in our pockets are so powerful - they don’t just change what we do, they change who we are.”


Ten Rules for Social Media Engagement

by Richard on April 9, 2012

From iBenedictines:

Pray. Bring Christ into the relationship at the very beginning, and let your prayer have more of the ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’ than ‘Lord, open my lips that I may declare your praise …’
Listen. Engage with others, don’t preach at them. Know when to be quiet. It’s O.K. to have nothing to [...]

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BBC gets new social media rules

by Richard on July 15, 2011

From The Telegraph (via @annamdrew)
“Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way.
“Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute.
“Don’t criticise your colleagues.
“Don’t reveal confidential BBC information.
“Don’t surreptitiously sanitise Wikipedia pages about the BBC.”
The summary — “Don’t do anything stupid” — is as sensible as it [...]

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Conference communication considered

by Richard on July 12, 2011

Methodist Church head of communications Toby Scott on the Methodist Conference and Social Media


UMC Social Media debate

by Richard on July 3, 2011

UM Portal: Clergy debate social media policy
The blogosphere has been abuzz over a social media policy in the Kentucky Annual Conference which requires candidates for ordination to report their activity on Facebook and other sites.
Many bloggers and commenters are crying foul, calling the policy “overkill” and one that amounts to “policing” candidates’ social media [...]


The oddness of living online

by Richard on June 24, 2011

OK, it’s an ad for an opera. But ’tis smile-making.
Thanks to Will Grady


Customer or Product?

by Richard on February 9, 2011

Nothing New Under the Sun has a brief but worthwhile post: You are not Facebook’s customer; you are their product. ‘Keep that in mind,’ Byron warns.


Tweets are public? Who knew?

by Richard on February 8, 2011

The Guardian: PCC right to rule against the woman who put the twit in Twitter
On the one hand, this is so blindingly obvious that it shouldn’t have needed saying. On the other, I wonder what it means for those with private accounts?


A Digital Nativity

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Silly, but quite fun. With thanks to Postmodernbible


Multi-link sharing

by Richard on November 17, 2010

URL shortening services are 10 a penny these days. But suppose you want to share lots of links in one short tweet? Or anywhere else, for that matter. have come up with the bright idea of “bundles” - lots of URLs combined into one short one. So, for example will take you to some [...]


New media and the church

by Richard on October 21, 2010

Bishop Alan: Why new media matter in church


Guide to internet resources

by Richard on October 18, 2010

There are so many resources available on t’interweb these days, it’s hard to keep up with them. Phil Bradley is one of those who has made it a mission to stay on top of all this and share the best of his discoveries. Have a look at his presentation What Phil has found. I’d be [...]


When I post something here, it automatically goes out on Facebook and Twitter. That seems to be a good way of keeping in touch with as many of my friends as possible. However, it does divide the coversation. Comments left on Facebook can’t be seen here, and comments here don’t get added to Facebook. Tweets [...]


Social media guidelines

by Richard on February 17, 2010

With a political row about Twitter raging, I’ve just been listening to a conversation on the Today Programme about responsible use of social media.
Two bits of advice struck me:
1. When you put something out on the internet, don’t assume it can be deleted. When it’s out there, it’s out there.
2. Remember that anything you write [...]