The #li2012 Word Cloud Project

The #li2012 Word Cloud Project for October 3

I am part of a team from First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, KS attending Leadership Institute 2012. I collected Twitter updates tagged with #li2012. Then I used Wordle to create word clouds with the text of updates during the conference. I edited out Twitter usernames, RT and #li2012 to get a better view of the conversation. I hope that you enjoy the results!

  • You can find the raw data of Twitter updates tagged with #li2012 at http://j.mp/VvLjlU. Feel free to use these updates and World to create your own word clouds.

You can download the full size images using the links below:

  • The #li2012 Word Cloud Project up to and including October 2 – http://j.mp/UdSFN2
  • The #li2012 Word Cloud Project for October 3 – http://j.mp/PSJgUW
  • The #li2012 Word Cloud Project for October 4 – To be created…
  • The #li2012 Word Cloud Project for October 5 – To be created…
  • The #li2012 Word Cloud Project for October 3 to October 5 – To be created…

Enjoy!

The #li2012 Word Cloud Project up to and including October 2

Transition Preparation Document for First UMC El Dorado

One month from today, I will begin serving as pastor at First United Methodist Church in El Dorado. Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time with some of the key leaders and staff from the church. I shared a document with everyone that I met outlined some of my personal priorities as well as top five objectives for the first six months and a few of the questions that I will be asking as I arrive. Here is what I shared:

Personal Priorities and Dates

  • June 12 – Expecting the birth of our second child
  • June 25 – Move into parsonage
  • Care for self and family

Top Five – First Six Months

  • Be a good guest and allow the congregation to host
  • Love the people
  • Learn the history and culture of the congregation
  • Learn the history and culture of the community
  • Help discern an appropriate vision

Questions – First Six Months

  • Who are you as a congregation?
  • How did the congregation get to where it is today?
  • Where do challenges and opportunities exist?
  • What has changed the most / least since you joined the church?
  • When have you been most proud to be connected with this church?
  • What means the most to you about this church?
  • Why does this church matter to people?
  • What do you sense God is doing right now?

Contact Information

The #kwc12 Twitter Word Cloud Project

2012 Kansas West Annual Conference Twitter Word Cloud

As a follow up to the The #gc2012 Twitter Word Cloud Project, I completed a similar project for the Kansas West Annual Conference. I collected Twitter updates from May 22 to 27 that were tagged with #kwc12, #ksw12 and #kswumc. Then I used Wordle to create a word cloud with the text of all the updates for the conference. I edited out Twitter usernames, #kwc12, #ksw12 and #kswumc to get a better view of the conversation. I hope that you enjoy the results!

  • You can find the raw data of Twitter updates tagged with #kwc12, #ksw12 and #kswumc at http://j.mp/LlgkSN. Feel free to use these updates and World to create your own word clouds.
  • You can download a full size image of the word cloud at http://j.mp/L2ZwlA

Enjoy!

Reading John Wesley’s Sermons in Community on Twitter

In response to one of the questions from the #dreamUMC conversation on Twitter, I shared this update.

My Twitter friend and fellow UMCer Matt Lipan (@mattlipan and check out his blog here.) responded.

There was a good deal of interest from this conversation. Matt and I followed up with an email conversation to put together a framework.

What is the plan?

  • We will host a Twitter chat each Monday night at 8:30pm cst/9:30pm est starting on June 4th.
  • We will use the hashtag #jwchat for our Twitter conversations.
  • We will read and discuss Wesley’s first 8 sermons over an 8 week period, reading & discussing one sermon a week. You can find these sermons online here and here.
  • Here is our reading schedule:
    • Salvation by Faith (6/4)
    • The Almost Christian (6/11)
    • Awake, Thou That Sleepest (6/18)
    • Scriptural Christianity (6/25)
    • Justification by Faith (7/2)
    • The Righteousness of Faith (7/9)
    • The Way to the Kingdom (7/16)
    • The First Fruits of the Spirit (7/23)
How do I participate?
  • Read the sermon for the week in advance.
  • We will use these 3 questions to guide our discussions each Monday:
    • If you were to preach this sermon in 140 characters, what would it be?
    • How did you hear God speaking to you through this sermon?
    • What did you discover that is most relevant to your community?

Let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, or plan to join us.

2012 Twitter Hashtags and Live Streaming for #UMC Conferences

At the end of the #dreamUMC chat last night, I volunteered to collect hashtags for United Methodist conferences this year. I hope you will find it helpful to stay connected across the denomination.

Will you please help me complete this list? Please send me an @reply on Twitter @andrewconard or leave a comment on this post with dates, clarification on hashtags, link if it is being live streamed or additional conferences.

Please tweet or share this link to this post to spread the word – http://j.mp/K26ox3

Dates for Conference Unknown (to me)

  • #tnumc12 / #tnac2012 – Tennessee (@tnumc)

UMNS 2012 Annual Conference Reports

The #gc2012 Twitter Word Cloud Project

The #gc2012 Twitter Word Cloud – Milk Paints

The #GC2012 Twitter Word Cloud Project

Twitter was a powerful tool of engagement during General Conference 2012. I thought it would be fascinating to archive and analyze the updates tagged with #gc2012. On Tuesday morning, I set up an Archive of the #gc2012 hashtag through a HootSuite Pro account. Every day I downloaded the data from the previous day, corrected the date and time to be local for Tampa, removed extraneous data and put it in a spreadsheet. Then I used Wordle to create a word cloud with the text of all the updates for that day. After a few days, I began to edit out Twitter usernames and prominent hashtags to get a better view of the conversation. I hope that you enjoy the results!

Where can I find the data?

The raw data of Twitter updates tagged with #gc2012 are available in a spreadsheet at http://j.mp/Iad0fW. Use the tabs along the bottom of the page to navigate to each day of the conference. (Updated through May 3, 2012)

Where can I download full size images for the entire conference?

I created multiple word clouds for the entire conference in various color schemes and arrangements. You can find the links to these images below.

Where can I download full size images for each day?

You can find the full size downloadable word cloud images created from these Twitter updates with the links below. The #gc2012 Twitter Word Cloud Project for:

How can I support and join in this project?

  • Share – Use http://j.mp/JPiBqj to share this blog post with others.
  • Analyze – Dig in to the raw Twitter data with the spreadsheet above and share what you discover
  • Post – Use the images in your own blog posts, make prints, share with others and include in articles both online and in print.
  • Donate – Will you please donate to a few dollars to help cover costs of the archiving service? Use this link to donate securely via PayPal or credit / debit card.

The #gc2012 Twitter Word Cloud Project Daily Images

12-04-24 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-04-25 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-04-26 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-04-27 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-04-28 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-04-29 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-04-30 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-05-01 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-05-02 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-05-03 Twitter Updates from #gc2012
12-05-04 Twitter Updates from #gc2012

New Appointment: How the News Was Shared

The news of my new appointment was shared in the following way:

  • Tuesday, March 13 – Supervisor and Lead Staff
  • Wednesday, March 14 – Resurrection West Staff
  • Sunday, March 18 – Worship at Resurrection West
  • Monday, March 19 – Resurrection All Staff Email
  • Monday, March 19 – Social Media – Facebook, Twitter and Blog
  • Wednesday, March 21 – Resurrection West Weekly eNote
  • Friday, March 23 – Senior Pastor’s Weekly eNote to entire congregation across campuses.

Leaving WordPress.com for Google+

There have been many opinions shared about how Google+ (a new social network from Google) has had an impact on the online social media scene. People have posited that Google+ will eventually cause people to leave another network. I posted about this possibility myself.

http://twitter.com/#!/andrewconard/status/89782495683428352

After conversation with a good friend, I realized that there is value to maintaining connections with others in that way. So, I’ll likely be on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the foreseeable future.

I have been wondering about the possibility of sharing my thoughts on faith, life and ministry at Google+ instead of WordPress.com. Here are some pros and cons of this switch:

Pros

  • Google+ is built for sharing in a network, therefore, sharing thoughts, feelings and opinions that I hope might spread on Google+ makes it one step easier for people to share with others (instead of Tweeting a link to a post)
  • Google+ is built to draw people back through integration across Google web properties – this would increase the possibility that people would continue to comment on a post, thus creating a conversation. Personally, I hardly ever revisit a blog post after leaving a comment to see if there are other comments added.
  • Social profile and content creation are simplified for me by being at one location.

Cons

  • Google+ is not yet public (yet), thus limiting reach
  • Google+ does not have the ability to schedule posts in advance
  • Google+ does not have analytics available around any particular post

I have reposted the content of several of my blog posts from WordPress over the past week and have received about as many or more comments on Google+ with the addition to a share. Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions?

PS – If you want an invite to Google+ leave a comment using an @gmail.com email address and I will send you an invitation.

Technology or Digital Natives – Presentation

This week, I had the opportunity to speak about digital natives to the social work team from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. I enjoyed it and received some good feedback. Here is the presentation:

Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions about this presentation? Is it helpful and / or applicable for you?

Top 10 Ways to Connect

Connecting with people is one of the most important roles of being a pastor. I was inspired by Valeria Maltoni with her list of 100 Ways to Connect. I selected my top 10 from the list at Conversation Agent.

  • Introduce Peers
  • Tell Stories
  • Stay offline when you’re tired or argumentative
  • Brag about your fans’ products and services
  • Become the person you’d like to be
  • Stay soft on people, hard on issues
  • Thank often and liberally
  • Adopt and credit good ideas
  • Appreciate success is several years in the making
  • Set a good example
What do you find to be the most effective ways of connecting with people?

My #SXSW Interactive Experience – Day 4

I came to SXSW Interactive 2011 to gain perspectives, discover technology and learn practical steps that will help Resurrection Online fulfill our purpose of building a Christian community where non and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. I hope to share some highlights and next steps from the day for Resurrection Online and myself.

My Experience – Day 4

  • I discovered the Delivering Happiness Bus Tour with Gowalla and picked up a free copy of the book, Delivering Happiness.
  • I stuck around in downtown Austin for John Oliver’s show and enjoyed dinner at Koriente – highly recommended.
  • I cruised through the Trade Show – more updates in a post to follow

Tweeting On Weekends: Are We Becoming Socially Anti-Social?

  • You have to decide where your line for using or not using social media. Consider why you are using social media and make an decision about where your line for using or not using social media will be.
  • People draw the line for social media usage in different places.
  • Be aware of not invading other people’s time with your social media updates.
  • Considering the quality of your update will help you decide whether or not to share an update.
  • The smart person in the future is not the one who has memorized all the information, but the person who is able to sort through all the junk to find the good stuff.

 

How to Personalize Without Being Creepy

How to Personalize Without Being Creepy

  • Personalization helps the organization put something more relevant and likely more delightful in front of you.
  • Transparency is important. There needs to be a clear communication about how data is being used and an easy way for customers to opt out and modify information if necessary.
  • Personalization should be around data users chose to share – not assumptions that are made by the organization
  • Let people know what inferences your site is making about them. Help them understand how it improves their experience.
  • Explain why your user might be interested in something. “Because you liked X, you might like Y”

5 Steps to Bulletproof UX Strategy

  • You need a user experience strategy. If you don’t have one, whatever you are doing is a fun guess.
  • Start designing the user experience from the one thing that you want people to do on the site
  • Steps to a User Design Strategy: Audit, Define the Vision, Plan, Implement, Measure
  • A strong purpose communicated well will result in a successful user experience vision.
  • Strategy session: “Tweak it until it’s perfect. Then leave it alone.” Measure, Iterate, Stop.

Game On: Design Patterns For User Engagement

  • Game mechanics are design patterns that promote play and play-like engagement
  • Game mechanics are powerful, because they connect with some of the most innate systems of reward that we have in our brain.
  • Three primary design aspects involved in the user journey: Come and Try It – intial engagement; Bring Friends and Play Together – social; Come Back – creating repeat engagement
  • Use metrics to determine if you are successful or not and be ready to implement based on learning gained from testing
  • Determine what the metric will be for tracking any particular game mechanic

Comedy Showcase: John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show

John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show

  • I was on the front row for the show and really enjoyed it.
  • There were a series of comedians that will be on the show that will be on Comedy Central.
  • The best part was during the final act, John was sitting just off stage and I could see him laugh and respond to the comedian on stage. It seems rare to see a professional comedian laughing along with the rest of the audience. It was fun!

Next Steps for Resurrection Online

  • Pay careful attention to the updates that we encourage people to make about Resurrection Online
  • Do not force people to log in or share contact information to worship
  • Clearly communicate what will be done with information that is received in the attendance form
  • Audit the Resurrection Online website
  • Create a vision onesheet for Resurrection Online
  • Intentionally design a user experience strategy for Resurrection Online
  • Design game mechanics for Resurrection Online including: Come and Try It – intial engagement; Bring Friends and Play Together – social; Come Back – creating repeat engagement

Next Steps for Me

My #SXSW Interactive Experience – Day 3

Column at the Austin Convention Center

I came to SXSW Interactive 2011 to gain perspectives, discover technology and learn practical steps that will help Resurrection Online fulfill our purpose of building a Christian community where non and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. I hope to share some highlights and next steps from the day for Resurrection Online and myself.

My Experience – Day 3

  • It makes a difference if you choose a workshop that doesn’t interest you. I am thankful that it is okay to get up and leave as long as you do not disrupt other people. I took advantage of that to get out of a workshop and in to the TED presentation.
  • Free food is good, but not always worth the wait.
  • I have seen or received more randomly free things than I can remember.
  • It was good to worship with Resurrection Online. I happened to find a place outside the Microsoft Interactive Lounge.
  • Sleep is a very good thing.

Radical Openness: Growing TED by Giving it Away

  • TED Talks principals: embrace open models, design for a small screen, start strong, evoke contagious emotions

    Worship with Resurrection Online
  • Only half of what you get from a conference is on the stage – the other part is having the inspired conversations with people around you who have just experienced the same content.
  • We don’t have a monopoly on good ideas.
  • Openness works when you: Put forward a clear goal that inspires; draw a passionate user base; Provide clear guidelines (with rewards + consequences); Allow the community to police itself; Make your contributors rock stars.
  • Openness isn’t easy: It is actually much easier to stay closed than to open up; Openness goes against most of our human tendencies; It can be quite challenging to fight against the fear of letting go; The rewards can truly be extraordinary

Better Crowdsourcing: Lessons Learned From the3six5 Project

  • Setup: Tell the story of a simple idea to get people involved. It is important for something brand new to have an idea that people can wrap their heads around
  • Managing People: Set up the rules and pay attention to the human interaction
  • Rewards and Recognition: Have a clear hierarchy when it comes to user involvement, reward people who are active by allowing them to take the next step and become editors or moderators. People that may not have had a voice before, suddenly have a voice.
  • Ending Gracefully: Set clear guidelines and pay attention to scaling from the beginning
  • Engage with people who you may not recognize as influencers.

Keynote: Christopher Poole – Founder of 4chan/Canvas

  • I did not hear any thing helpful at this presentation

Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World

Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World
  • Introduce people to others to create meaningful relationships
  • A networked non-profit is a simple agile organization that is transparent enough to let insiders out and outsiders in
  • Make connections with people who don’t care about the logo or branding document, but care about your cause.
  • A network weaver introduces people to others to create meaningful relationships.
  • Some non profits are a fortress that has trouble adopting and working with social media

27 (Fun!) Ways to Kill Your Online Community

  • Have a clearly defined audience
  • Have user guidelines
  • Set a good example for everyone on the site
  • Answer repetitive questions in a respectful manner
  • Don’t do everything that you can do

Next Steps for Resurrection Online

  • What if we allowed Resurrection Online to be embeddable on other sites?
  • Explore the possibility of allowing users to tag, rate, connect and organize Resurrection’s sermon archive.
  • Ask for ideas to improve Resurrection Online from regulars.
  • Expand the Resurrection Stories shared via the GPS beyond Lent.
  • Explore open projects for the people of Resurrection Online
  • Engage with people who I may not recognize as being an influencer
  • Set up a crowdsourced project for the people of Resurrection Online about how they became connected with Resurrection Online called Why Resurrection Online?
  • Introduce members of the Resurrection Online community to one another.
  • Pay attention to guidelines for building an online community as development continues with Resurrection Online
  • Visit the communities where I hope to build Resurrection Online frequently

Next Steps for Me

Squarespace Food Truck
  • Be surprised by the communities of which I am a part
  • Remember that losing control is the only way to do some things.
  • Be a network weaver who introduces people to others to create meaningful relationships.

Sites to Investigate