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					       WELCOME!

 5:30-6:00 Pizza and Overview
   6:00-7:00 Getting Started
7:00-7:45 Facebooking for Christ
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   overview
• Please get up as you need to for food or
  bathroom breaks or whatever
• Some interesting facts first
• Then detailed instructions on getting started
• Then some ways to share and live your faith
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  overview
• So what is Facebook?
   Facebook is a free-access social networking
   website that is operated and privately owned
   by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks
   organized by city, workplace, school, and
   region to connect and interact with other
   people. People can also add friends and send
   them messages, and update their personal
   profiles to notify friends about themselves.
                   Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook
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   overview

• It is like…
  – a customized newspaper with only stories
    about your friends or about things your friends
    are interested in
  – a mass mailing of Christmas cards only the
    letters are shorter and you get them every day
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     overview
Major hesitation regarding Facebook…
       “But I don’t want everyone knowing
       what I am doing or what I am thinking!”

Solution:
1.   Only those people you select can see what you post.
2.   You control what is posted so they only see what you
     enter.
3.   Facebook cannot read your mind.
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  overview

• And now for some numbers…

  This is what you get when you have a nerd for a pastor!
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  overview

• General Growth of Facebook
  – More than 200 million active users
  – More than 100 million users log on to
    Facebook at least once each day
  – More than two-thirds of Facebook users are
    outside of college
  – The fastest growing demographic is those 35
    years old and older
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  overview

• User Engagement
  – Average user has 120 friends on the site
  – More than 3.5 billion minutes are spent on
    Facebook each day (worldwide)
  – More than 20 million users update their
    statuses at least once each day
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  overview
• Applications
  – More than 850 million photos uploaded to the site
    each month
  – More than 8 million videos uploaded each month
  – More than 1 billion pieces of content (web links, news
    stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) shared each
    week
  – More than 2.5 million events created each month
  – More than 25 million active user groups exist on the
    site
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  overview
• 80% of people are finding their churches
  using the Internet
• 74% of Americans 18-34 have a Facebook
  or MySpace account
• 48% of all Americans have a Facebook or
  MySpace account
• If Facebook was a country, it would be the
  5th largest in the world
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 overview

Lesson to learn…
   If your church doesn’t have a website and/or
     isn’t using Facebook…

   your church is…
   missing great opportunities,
   invisible to most young adults,
   disconnected from the culture.
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  overview

• Quick demo using Pastor Rob’s account
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      getting
      started
•   Set up account
•   Set privacy and notification settings
•   Find friends
•   Post status “What’s on your mind?”
•   Join groups
•   Accept friend requests
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    set up
   account
• Go to www.facebook.com
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       set up
      account
• In future, login using email and
  password you created
• First time… use “Sign Up” to
  create account and password
• Entering “Full Name” helps
  friends find you
• Your Email is where you will
  receive notifications
  (messages that you have
  something to view)
• Gender and birthday are asked
  but you can hide these later…
• When done, select “Sign Up”
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      set up
     account
• You will then be asked to type
  in two words that are warped
• This is a security check to
  make sure that you are really a
  human being
• If you cannot read the words,
  select “Try different words” or
  select “an audio captcha” to
  have a clue read to you
• After typing in the words,
  select “Sign Up”
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       set up
      account
• You will then be asked to confirm your email address
• Open your email program and find the email from Facebook
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           set up
          account


•   When you receive the
    email, click on the link
    in your email
•   This will launch a new
    web broswer window
    with the 3-step Getting
    Started screens
•   You can close the
    original window where
    you were signing up.
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           set up
          account
•   Step 1 of “Getting Started”
    asks you for your email            More popular
    address and email password         email accounts
•   For many accounts,                 that Facebook
    Facebook can read your             can read for
    address book and see if any        finding friends…
    of your email contacts are
    already on Facebook                hotmail.com
•   This process is secure and         yahoo.com
    you should not worry… they         gmail.com
    don’t store this information       aol.com
•   You can also do this at a          msn.com
    later date and even import         live.com
    email address books using
    their “File Importer” (topic for   comcast.net
    another day)                       bellsouth.net
•   Select “Find Friends” after
    entering information
•   You can also “Skip this step”
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         set up
        account
• Step 2 collects your
  school and employment
  information so you can
  connect with people
  with these same
  backgrounds
• As you type in your
  information, it will offer
  options based upon
  other people’s
  information
• You can select one of
  the guesses in the list
  by clicking on it
• Once done, select
  “Save & Continue”
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        set up
       account
• Based on what you enter,
  Facebook will suggest some
  people you may know…
• If you see someone you
  would like to be connected
  with, select their picture
• Navigate through the pages
  of friends using the “Next”
• After you are done selecting
  friends, you can click the
  “Add as Friends” button
• Once ready to move on,
  select “Save & Continue”
• You can always search for
  friends later
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         set up
        account
• Step 3 is for joining a network
  and identifying yourself with a
  particular town
• It creates geographical
  groupings of people and
  helps identify people more
  specifically
• Be sure to enter “Mount
  Vernon, IL” and not “Mt.
  Vernon, IL” because that is
  how our town is recognized
  on Facebook
• Others in your same network
  can see your basic profile
  information but you can
  change this in your privacy
  settings later
• Select “Join” when done or
  “Skip this step”
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         set up
        account
• You are now ready to setup your profile details and then later look for
  friends (Select “View and edit your profile”)
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         set up
        account

Add photo by
clicking here


                  Change display
                  of birthday year
                  here
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         set up
        account
• Select “Change Profile Picture” then “Browse” on the next window to
  select a photo
• Check the box that certifies that you have the right to distribute the
  photo and then select “Upload Picture”
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         set up
        account
• Get back to editing profile by
  selecting “Profile”
• …then “Edit My Profile” on
  that page
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 set up
account
          • Each gray bar is a different
            section of information that you
            can enter to help friends
            identify you and to help new
            friends get to know you
          • You can block out some of this
            information from being seen by
            others, but a good general rule
            is “Don’t put anything on here
            that you would not want the
            people in your church to know.”
          • Don’t forget to select “Save
            Changes” after updating any of
            the information in each gray bar
            section. Moving to a new
            section without saving will lose
            your changes.
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  set privacy
      and
 notifications
• There are some basic
  settings that you may want
  to do
  – Turn off notifications which
    send emails to you every
    time there is activity on your
    Facebook account
  – Set privacy settings
• Start by placing mouse
  pointer over “Settings” and
  select “Account Settings”
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  set privacy
      and
 notifications
• Select the “Notifications” tab




• This will bring up a long list of options for
  receiving email notifications. You can turn
  these off now or later. Once you start
  checking Facebook as often as email, you
  won’t need most of these.
• Don’t forget to “Save Changes”
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   set privacy
       and
  notifications
• Notifications are grouped by different features of Facebook
                Ones to note…
                Facebook: basic communications in Facebook
                Photos: photos posted by people, comments, tags (labels
                that name the people in photos)
                Groups: organizations in Facebook that people can join
                over common interest (like our church!)
                Pages: companies have pages (you won’t use this much)
                Events: events for inviting/reminding people
                Notes: feature for sharing longer writings with others
                Links: webpages can be pointed out and shared
                Video: way to share online videos
                Gifts: like sending cards… only they are virtual gifts
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  set privacy
      and
 notifications
• Notifications can always
  be checked by selecting
  the little “screen” icon in
  the bottom left corner of
  your Facebook page
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    set privacy
        and
   notifications
• Set privacy settings by placing
  mouse pointer over “Settings” and
  select “Privacy Settings”
• You have a lot of control here but
  you may not need it.
• The defaults are set to what most
  people want which is limited views
  of basic info for those searching for
  you and those whom you accept as
  friends seeing everything you post.
• There is one exception and here is
  how to change it. Select “Profile”
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    set privacy
        and
   notifications
• You may want to limit views of
  your basic information to
  “Only Friends” or “Friends
  of Friends” for each category
  in your Basic Profile Privacy
  settings. Leaving it as “My
  Networks and Friends” means
  others who are also chose the
  “St. Louis” network could see
  more of your page.
• Good basic rule…
  “Don’t put anything on here
  that you would not want the
  people in your church to
  know.”
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   find friends
• You are now ready to look for friends, place the mouse pointer over the
  Friends label without clicking at the top of the page and then select
  “Find Friends”
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  find friends
• Using Facebook’s
  “Suggestions” and the
  “Search for People” using
  your schools or past jobs
  are the best ways to find
  friends.
• You can even type in
  people’s emails or their
  names to search
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   post status
• The most basic thing to do on Facebook is “post your
  status” or answer the question “What’s on your mind?”
• Select your name at the top of the screen and you will go to
  your profile where you can fill this in and then select “Share”
• You can also add links to websites or photos or videos to
  your post using the options here.
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join a group
• Type “First Presbyterian Church (Mt. Vernon, IL)” into the
  top right hand corner search field and hit return
• When our church pops up, select “Join Group”
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    friend
   requests
• You will start to see
  “friend requests” and
  “Suggestions” that
  will help you get
  connected to others
• Select “friend
  request” to respond
  to someone’s request
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      friend
     requests
• You have 4 main options
   – Select their name to see their profile
     first
   – Select “Confirm” if you want to get
     connected with them
   – Select “Ignore” if you do not want to
     share with them
   – Select “Send Message” if you want to
     clarify (such as “Where do I know you
     from?”)
• Once you have “Friends” selecting
  “Home” at the top of the page will
  get you their updates
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  time for a
     few
  questions

• Anyone?

• Coming next… how Facebook can be
  used to share and live faith
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facebooking
 for Christ
• Just a few simple things can be done by you to
  share your faith and your church with hundreds
  of people on a regular basis
• When you send out a link over Facebook and
  your friends forward it, it can reach thousands
• Never before in human history has the voice of
  one had the ability to reach so many
       What will your voice say?
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facebooking
 for Christ
• Use your status postings to talk about how
  your faith and your church are active
  “Just got back from distributing food at Angel Food.
    What a great outreach ministry for our church!”
  “Worship today was amazing. The music, the sermon,
    the friendliness and church family feel. And then the
    baptism! Man, I love the way we do baptisms.”
  “Praying with the rest of our congregation for Johnny
    Benson who just got hurt in a car accident.”
  “Looking forward to finding out how I can share my faith
    using Facebook at our church tonight.”
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facebooking
 for Christ
• Look for opportunities to pray and care for
  others
  – Add comments to people’s postings expressing your
    care and offering your prayers
  – Call people on the phone when you see they are
    having a tough day, perhaps offer to help with a meal
    or watching their kids or mowing their lawn
  – Send gifts or special notes to others to let them know
    how much you appreciate their life/ministry/friendship
  – IMPORTANT! Send messages for private
    communication and write on their wall to make
    public statements of support
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facebooking
 for Christ
• Post links to websites and church group events
  that can start interesting discussions about faith
  OR join a discussion on the church’s group page
  – Better than forwarding emails… emails are often too long and
    facebook postings do not load up people’s email inboxes
  – Online discussions allow for many people to share thoughts on a
    topic at their leisure/pace
  – Can even make status posts like..
    “Ever wonder why some people seem to suffer more than
    others? How do other people combine their trust in God with all
    the suffering in the world?”
  – Sharing your faith-related interests opens your heart to others
    and makes face-to-face conversations/questions about faith or
    church or God more likely
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facebooking
 for Christ
• Most important aspect of “facebooking for Christ”
  is that Christians can use this new, powerful and
  pervasive tool for communication to share the
  Gospel of Jesus Christ in thought, word, and
  deed.
• We can increase the “ties that bind” when we
  use tools like this with family, friends, co-
  workers, and contacts.
• We must also look for ways to allow these
  interactions to build community and to create
  opportunities to minister face-to-face.
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    the end

• More questions… contact Pastor Rob or
  look for others on Facebook who are very
  active
• Follow-up class coming soon to address
  using more features and understanding
  more
• Pastor Rob will stay for awhile to answer
  individual questions

				
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