Staying in the Loop: Social Media

A month ago when Facebook posted it’s Quarterly Report, they blew away estimates by posting better than expected earnings.  However, there was one concern about Facebook’s report.  They reported that teens are using Facebook less regularly.

That drew caution flags on Wall Street and should also raise a few flags for Youth Ministers as well.  If they aren’t using Facebook, what social media are teens using?  Marketwatch.com posted 5 social media sites teens are flocking to. Pheed, Tumblr, PicsArt, Vine and Snap Chat are the culprits.  Honestly, I’ve never even heard of Pheed but I was sure Instagram and Twitter would have been in of the top 5.   Show you what I know.

So stay in the loop, check these sites out and see how many of your students are on them and connect with them.  Maybe your students are more into one form of social media than others. Most of my students are into Instagram. So, I created a Student Ministry Instagram account and I try to keep posting pictures to promote activities and share simple thoughts with students (as well as “like” as many of their photos as possible).

What do you do in social media to connect with students?  Again, if Facebook is on the way out, there must be more things that are developing that students are beginning to use.  Do you know of any more and how are you using social media to minister to students?  Share your thoughts below.

 

Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at YMSidekick.com and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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