A few days ago I experimented with my Facebook and Twitter feeds. This was about when the crisis in Baltimore was getting hot, and I could already see the signs. Unitarian Universalists — I’m thinking of ministers particularly, because that’s who I know mostly, but I see lay persons do this, too — would bring… Continue reading The anxious presence
Before turning to the practical, following up on yesterday’s post about Unitarian Universalist functional discomfort with political power to effect good outcomes for people in hard situations. As before, I’ll keep this brief. First, we give too much weight to “golden age” models of public witness. By which, of course, I mean demonstrations and opportunities… Continue reading Old models and new media
There has been some buzz online about Ello.co, another in the would-be world of anti-Facebooks. Yes, I signed up for it; no, I don’t think it’ll kill Facebook. I’ll be happy if it survives. (Also, I’ve given away all my invites.) I’d rather people flock to one of the notes of the distributed Disapora network… Continue reading Me, in other social media outlets
[Later. Title fixed.] One of the oldest Internet communities for Unitarian Universalist Christians is the UUCF-MIN list. But as email has lost some of its cachet, and Facebook and Twitter have taken over some of its utility, the list has had less and less traffic, and now is more often quiet than not. I sent… Continue reading Signs of life at UUCF-MIN
I don’t have much love for Facebook, so why do I use it so much? Because other people use it, and I use it to attract people to this blog. But revelations about post manipulation and human social experimentation is coaxing me to try alternatives. I could use some, er, independence. I’m revisiting the Disapora*… Continue reading Revisiting the Disapora* distributed social network
The flip side of churches with an unreported web presence is those church sites, as congregations report to the Unitarian Universalist Association for uua.org, that no longer exist. But that’s not the same as saying they don’t have one. Seven congregational websites have thrown a 404 or other error on three occasions in recent days,… Continue reading Now, which churches have dead sites?
In my post yesterday, I said that there are 36 Unitarian Universalist Association-member congregations that reported no website. But some do have one, including a couple of WordPress.com blogs, but it isn’t noted at uua.org (for whatever reason) And others use a Facebook like a church site, which I count as long as it’s reasonably… Continue reading If not a website, then what?
Unitarian Universalists were early adopters of websites, and even in the late 90s I remember more than 300 or 400 congregations hosting their own site. These earliest available archive is from 1996, with 234 sites and more coming on line all the time. I also recall — and thinking it wrong then — that someone-in-the-know… Continue reading Churches without websites: the (small) problem
While looking for something else on Facebook last night, I ran across a group that — alas! — I’m not qualified for, but might interest some of my readers. Young Universalists is a closed group, so I don’t know how it works or what it deals with other than its stated purpose to be “group… Continue reading “Young Universalists” on Facebook
I’ve set up a Google+ Community for Unitarian Universalist Christians, that is, “for Unitarian, Universalist, UU and kindred Christians”. There’s been a flurry of activity lately, and it seems ready for wider promotion. (If you’re interested enough to ask “do I belong” you probably do.)