The JoPanator
Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt
News and Resources from JoPa Productions
October 2010

(You'll have to read down further to find out about the free iPad we're giving away...)

Thanks for your continued interest in what we're up to. This month, we have an exciting announcement: while the event side of our venture will continue under the banner of JoPa Productions, all of our social media work now falls under the name, Social Phonics.

Social Phonics logo

As well as our Social Media Boot Camps, which you can read about below, we're going to start offering coaching and consulting services for churches, non-profits, and businesses. We're currently building out the Social Phonics website, but in the meantime, you can keep up with Social Phonics by following us on Facebook and Twitter:

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

And, of course, drop us an email if you'd like to talk more about what we offer.

Let us know how we can help you and your ministry!

Leaning Forward,

Tony Jones & Doug Pagitt

What Do the "New" Facebook Groups Mean for You?

facebookLast week, Facebook announced that they were launching a new version of groups. It can be difficult to keep up with all of the changes in Facebook and Twitter, so here's a quick primer on the latest change.

Facebook has come under scrutiny for privacy concerns in the last couple years. Users were not comfortable, for instance, that when they posted a picture or note on the wall of a group, that would also show up on their own profile newsfeeds for all of their friends to see. While there have been work-arounds for this, they were never very intuitive.

What the new type of Facebook Groups allows is for privacy. For instance, something posted to a group will only be visible to other members of that group, and it will only show up in the newsfeed of the poster when viewed by other members of the group.

Practically, here's what we think it means: Churches and non-profits and businesses still must have a Facebook Page. That's a public place to give information about your organization and to interact with parishioners, donors, and customers.

But the new Facebook Groups now becomes the place for the church staff, the board of directors, or a committee to work collaboratively. For example, the Adult Education Committee of a church could use a Facebook Group to discuss the next committee meeting, post documents like the minutes of the last meeting or the draft next Sunday's announcement. There is also the ability to have a live chat in a Group, so there's the possibility of online meetings. (If this sounds like Google's ill-fated Wave platform, it is!)

Here's a good article on CNET that sums up Facebook's announcement last week, and here's the official Facebook Help Center on the New Groups.

If you found this article helpful and you'd like help with Google Maps, Google Apps, Facebook, Twitter, and more, JoPa Productions is now offering one-on-one social media consulting services and website design and management for individuals and organizations. Please email us for more information.

SP boot camp
Social Phonics Boot Camps --
Register to Win an iPad!

Our one-day boot camps are a great way to get up-to-speed on how to implement social media in your ministry, organization, or business. You'll learn about how Facebook, Twitter, and blogging can help you fulfil your mission, plus you'll be introduced to Google Apps, search tools, and audio and video broadcast media. There's not a better training day out there for social media.

And everyone who registers for a boot camp this fall will be entered to win our grand prize drawing for an iPad, which we'll ship out in mid-December, just in time for the holidays! So don't wait, there's probably a boot camp near you:

OCTOBER 19, 2010 - Pasadena, CA

OCTOBER 28, 2010 - Boston, MA

NOVEMBER 15, 2010 - Sioux Falls, SD

DECEMBER 2, 2010 - Dallas, TX

JANUARY 13, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN

Here's what folks are saying about our Boot Camps:

"You were so engaging and have vision around how these tools can maintain authentic personal connection. Thanks so much for sharing your vision and expertise in these areas with me."
-Amy, Director of Lay Ministries

"I wish I could get every church to hear your message!!! I feel better equipped to 'make a case' concerning why resources and energy should be invested in social media. You, your bootcamp and your philosophy and mission will be shared with anyone who will listen to me!"
-Karen, Sunday School Superintendent

"You were very genuine, pretty darn entertaining, and most informative. Social Media Boot Camp should be a required seminary course."
-Stephen, seminary student

"This training was worth hundreds of dollars more than you charged"
-Keri, Denominational Training Director

"I want everyone in my business network to attend a boot camp. It was an excellent day"
-Lisa, Small Business Owner

We're now scheduling boot camps for 2011, and we're booking at presbytery, synod, and conference meetings, as well as local churches and seminaries. If you'd like to host a boot camp, email us.
A New Book from Doug!
Church in the Inventive Age

In the last 200 years, American culture has moved through three distinct ages: the Agrarian Age, the Industrial Age, and the Information Age. We are now in a fourth, which Doug has dubbed the Inventive Age. With each of these ages has come a shift in what we think, what we value, what we do, and how we do it.

Living in the Inventive Age is not optional. It's here, and it's changing us. So the question for the church is, can we figure out how to live and thrive in the Inventive Age?

Phyllis Tickle says, ""Brilliant" is not a word I use very often in describing a book, but I am using it with this one. Church In The Inventive Age is brilliant in its conciseness and economy of words, its clarity and its insights. But beyond all that, it's alive -- alive with pregnant possibilities and with obvious applications. It's a 'must read' for every pastor and lay person concerned with Church in our times."

Read more endorsements, see a preview of the book, and enter contests on Facebook:
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In This Issue
What Do the New Facebook Groups Mean for You?
Social Phonics Boot Camps
Church in the Inventive Age
Quick Links
Doug's Radio Show
Tony on Facebook
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Tony's Home Page
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Thank you for your continued interest in JoPa Productions!
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