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The City Innovated Church Tech Had a 10 Year Life Span — October 5, 2019

The City Innovated Church Tech Had a 10 Year Life Span

There once was a popular church in Seattle with lots of people and they built a digital platform called The City to engage churchgoers. That was 2006. And it was a beautiful vision—

The City is driven by a compelling vision emanating from Matthew 5:14.

Having recently left his job at to become a pastor in his church, Zack Hubert was wrestling with ways of harnessing technology to facilitate the growth of a rapidly self-organizing and expanding church. He was inspired to create the original concept for The City after this passage in the Bible that says, “a city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Since inception, we at The City have been driven to make it easier for churches to connect newcomers, build deeper community, equip leaders and unleash people to serve and make a lasting impact on their world with the Gospel.

The City has grown and is now being used by churches and organizations all over the world. As The City continues to grow, so does the vision, and we feel blessed to be along for the ride.

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back when closed in October 2000 — October 4, 2019

back when closed in October 2000

One early Christian community on the internet was, launched in June 2000. Their vision statement was:

Our Vision: We seek to be the preferred internet gathering place for Christians worldwide to come, experience, and grow in their faith.

However, by October 20, 2000, suspended operations due to lack of funding.

Dear members and visitors,

Despite a tremendous launch and site traffic that ranks as the leading Christian community on the Internet, has not been able to secure additional funding to continue to keep the site up, and we are forced to close our virtual doors effective immediately.
As you know, has worked hard to create the leading Christian site on the Internet – a place where believers of all denominations could come, experience and grow in their faith. With 550,000 members, more than 2 million unique visitors, and 60 ministry partners, we have consistently exceeded our business and ministry objectives…except one: raising additional funding. Like many Internet companies, we were unable to raise capital given the current market conditions, and we are left without options.

Our prayer is that God has used, in some way, to touch your life. We hope you have been encouraged, challenged, informed, and entertained along the way. Thank you so much for the feedback and encouragement you have provided to us over the past months.

We’d like to end our time on the Internet the same way we started… by giving glory and praise to our great and awesome God who holds all of history and the most intimate details of our lives in the palm of his hand….


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What are the text effect keywords on Facebook? — December 7, 2017

What are the text effect keywords on Facebook?

There are special keywords like congratulations and rad that change colors and have animated effects appear on your screen when used on a Facebook timeline. Officially, they’re called Text Effects.

Here’s the Facebook trigger words in English (as of 12/07/17):


References for Facebook Text Effects

The lists of current Facebook trigger words (which is what I’d like to call them) are compiled from these 2 sources—

Facebook animated special words (Mashable)

All the Keywords That Activate Facebook’s Text Delight Animations (@owenyin) — this has a list of trigger words in other languages besides English

Note that these don’t work on every device or platform. They tend to work best on a desktop or laptop. Your mileage may vary on mobile browser, or mobile app, or iOS, or Android, or iPad.

From what I can tell, these Facebook hot words do not work in Messenger or private message; only in the timeline posts and comments.

Don’t like Text Effects on Facebook?

You can turn off text effects in your timeline posts and comments by selecting the pull-down menu on upper right, and select Remove Text Effects.


Why Facebook Introduces New Features

Why, you might ask? The overarching goal of Facebook is to increase the time people stay on Facebook. Once they have your time and your presence, they can do other things in front of you and behind the scenes. Or, as one of the Facebook founders, Sean Parker, has revealed:

“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?‘” … and “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”


The 3 Tweeting Veturis Sisters: Rochelle, Haley, and Chelsey — May 13, 2013

The 3 Tweeting Veturis Sisters: Rochelle, Haley, and Chelsey

[an excerpt of a recent news article…]

#EndOfAnEraForSocialMediaPioneers : Real life has intruded on three sisters who are stars on Twitter, Facebook and other online networking sites.


IRVINE – For the first time in more than a decade, the three grown sisters are living together under one roof – IRL.

“Duh!” they practically shout in unison to the clueless reporter, expertly darting their expressive eyes from the glowing screens of their iPhones and iPads to the supposedly wired dude who is peppering them, face-to-face, with questions.

“In Real Life!!!”


For one week, the bubbly and smiley Veturis sisters – Rochelle, 31, Haley, 28, and Chelsey, 25 – are sharing a townhome in a social-media experiment aimed at goosing interest in a new Irvine Co. Apartment Communities neighborhood.

The sisters are among the best-known personalities on the local social-media circuit, each commanding huge followings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Vine and other online networking sites.

Companies throw tons of free stuff at them to get them to promote products – in this case, the new Los Olivos neighborhood – and attract their followers to events.

But the sisters’ era as pioneering “social media influencers” is coming to a close.


Rochelle is having her first child in mid-July.

Chelsey is getting married at the end of May and moving to Las Vegas.

Haley just completed her master’s degree in theological studies.

That sound you hear is a bazillion iPhones beeping sad farewells to the Web-obsessed siblings nicknamed “The O.C. Triumvirate.”

For although the Veturis sisters are by no means leaving the social media scene, real life has intruded on their reign as local pioneers in “tweet-ups” and other face-to-face gatherings of folks who spend most waking hours online.

But first, the sisters, who grew up in Lake Forest, have to survive living together, for a week, on the Irvine Co. dime, blasting out a flurry of live tweets and other postings to promote interest in the community that will be completed in 2014.

“We’re fighting like cats and dogs,” said Chelsey, half-joking, at a poolside tweet-up Wednesday evening that attracted more than 150 social-media enthusiasts for free drinks, food and presentations about online marketing.

“I’m the crazy bride-to-be, she (Rochelle) is crazy hormonal, and Haley is the stressed-out grad student.”

Hey, sounds like a great Facebook status update to us.


It wasn’t always this way. That’s because the Internet didn’t always exist.

But all their lives, the Veturis siblings – their father, Victor, 58, sells military memorabilia and their mother, Hilda, 58, works for the city of Costa Mesa – have done almost everything together.

Dance. Tap. Jazz. Ballet. Cheerleading at El Toro High. Soccer. Piano. Acting. Church choir.

“Our parents didn’t want us to grow up and be stage-shy,” says Haley, her iPhone 4S in its usual spot: tightly cradled in her right hand.

Now, all the virtual world’s a stage for the Veturis Three.

Haley recalls, as a little girl, playing The Oregon Trail on a Mac and being introduced to chat rooms and Napster.

Things quickly progressed for all three after that.

Rochelle was the first on Twitter, Haley the first on Facebook, and Chelsey the first on Instagram.

Now, collectively, they command more than 50,000 followers on Twitter alone.

What’s their appeal?

“All have unique personalities, and they’re good at connecting and making everyone feel part of a community – and they’re the same in person as they are online,” says Heather Cereghino, 28, who met Rochelle a few years ago on Twitter and attended Wednesday’s tweet-up.

Rochelle helped Cereghino get her first job as a social media consultant. The recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton now is director of marketing at the ACE Agency, a public relations and marketing firm in Santa Ana.

“Social media opens up a world of people you normally wouldn’t meet,” Cereghino says.


Indeed, if you ask the Veturis sisters, their love affair with social media has almost nothing to do with blasting banal details about their daily lives – an oft-cited gripe of Facebook critics and folks who are lukewarm or even downright hostile about Twitter – and more about making a difference by connecting with people.

Along with Orange County-based social media guru Ted Nguyen, who has more than 155,000 followers on Twitter and spoke at the tweet-up, two of the sisters co-hosted the first-ever “OC Social Media Summit” last May at Saddleback Church, where Haley works as – no surprise – social media manager. (Rochelle is a PR specialist at an architectural firm, and Chelsey is a competitive cheerleading coach.)

“I refer to them as Marcia, Jan and Cindy,” says Nguyen, 43, comparing the sisters to TV’s “The Brady Bunch” siblings.

“What’s really great about them is they are so inclusive,” Nguyen says. “Social media isn’t about the technology, but connecting with people and having purpose of mind and the spirit to accomplish a lot.”

In social-media campaigns tied to everything from Knott’s Scary Farm to a fundraiser for the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, the Veturis sisters emphasize helping charities.

“We like the influence they have,” says Jori Hayzer, senior manager, marketing, at Irvine Co. Apartment Communities. “They have a lot of reach.”

Says Rochelle: “We truly believe that you’re either going to use your influence for good or evil, and we encourage people to use it for good.”

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The Best and Worst Times to Share on Facebook, Twitter — May 11, 2012

The Best and Worst Times to Share on Facebook, Twitter

Want your link to get the most traction on Twitter? Post it on a Monday between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET.

Link shortening and tracking service has released new data on the best and worst times to share links on popular social networks, from Facebook and Twitter to blogging site Tumblr.

The company revealed that posting links to Twitter between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET (or 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT) will give you the highest click rank, especially on days earlier in the week. Meanwhile, sending a tweet with a link after 8:00 p.m. should be avoided — as should posting links after 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.

The half-life of a link posted to Twitter is about 2.8 hours, according to

However, Facebook’s optimal posting times are slightly different than Twitter. Links sent between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. get the most traction, with Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. being the best time to post on Facebook all week.

Links posted after 8:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. on Facebook also don’t get the most clicks. Similar to Twitter, recommends not posting the links you want to go viral during the weekend.

“While traffic starts to increase around 9:00 a.m., one would be wise to wait to post until 11am,” said in a blog post on its site. “Traffic from Facebook fades after 4:00 p.m.”

Meanwhile, Tumblr has a much different usage pattern than Facebook and Twitter. It’s suggested to wait until at least 4:00 p.m. ET. to post important content, and posts that go up after 7:00 p.m. get the most clicks during a 24-hour period.

It’s also suggested that Friday evenings are a key time to post on Tumblr — a time recommends avoiding on Facebook and Twitter. traffic from Tumblr peaks between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, with similar traffic on Sunday, according to the study.

via The Best and Worst Times to Share on Facebook, Twitter.