Where do you go to be social – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?

Where do you go to be social – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?

Where do you go to be social?

Perhaps you are permanently on Facebook along with over a billion other people. Or are you more of a Twitter fan preferring it’s simplicity and absence of Candy Crush Saga. But maybe, you spend your time on Instagram sharing your pictures with everyone.  Whichever it is, we are there also adding pictures, thoughts, highlighting upcoming events and telling you what’s on the menu for this week’s Lunch-break Wednesday.

During the current series of Transformed Life we are making an extra special effort to post an update each day with some thought from that day’s reading. So why not Like on Facebook; Follow on Twitter or Follow on Instagram then favorite, like, comment, reply – we’d love to hear from you.

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Accessing the Podcasts

Accessing the Podcasts

Each week there are a few hundred downloads of podcasts from fulwoodfmc.net.

The podcasts go all the way back to 2008 – the year of the global Financial Crisis.

There are a number of ways of accessing the podcasts which sometimes makes it a bit tricky to explain to people how to do it, but here are some tips.

Go to the web page

The simplest way to listen to one podcast is to go to the web page – https://fulwoodfmc.net/podcasts/ – look down the list of available podcasts and listen by clicking on the play button.

If you click on the categories area you can select podcasts from different series and different speakers. There’s even a tag cloud for the main Bible chapters used in each talk.

But you don’t want to do that…

Listening on the web page may be simple and accessible, but there are better ways of listening. The challenge with the web site is that you have to remember to go to it and you have to have good internet access. The other thing is that our podcast upload cherubs don’t always do the podcasts on the same day so you may have to go back a few times to see whether they’ve been made available.

A better way of listening is using an App and there are a number available depending on what equipment you have:

For the iProduct fans – and those using iTunes

If you have an iPhone, iPad or modern iPod, or if you use iTunes in any way you can get the podcasts delivered to your device every time they get posted.

All you have to do is go to the podcast app on your iProduct or iTunes on our Mac or PC and subscribe.

The podcast app comes pre-installed on your iProduct and it has an icon that looks like this:

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If you start the app, click on search and type in fulwood free methodist church it’ll show you a screen that currently looks like this:

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If you click on the FFMC picture below where it says podcast it’ll then how you a screen that currently looks like this (with this week’s podcasts):

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Clicking on subscribe to get the podcasts downloaded every week when they are published, that way you won’t need to keep checking the web site to see whether the podcast cherubs have done there task of publishing this weeks talks.

For iTunes, the process is similar – search fulwood free methodist in the iTunes store and you’ll get this result:

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Click on the FFMC icon at the bottom and you’ll then get a page that looks like this:

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From here you can click subscribe and again you’ll have all of your podcasts delivered to you when they are uploaded.

For the Android fans

It’s a bit more difficult to give instructions for Android devices because different manufacturers put different things on their phones and tablets.

If you already use a podcast app then you already know how to add a podcast subscription. I’m going to describe what to do using a completely new app.

The first thing to do is to go to the Google Play Store, whilst there search for podcasts – this will show you a very long list of apps that provide podcast capabilities. A number of these will cost you a few pounds, but the free ons are good enough for most people. An example of a free one is Podcast Republic another on is Player:FM. Click to install and then you’ll be ready.

We try to make it as easy as possible for you to find the podcasts, so you should be able to search in the app for fulwood free methodist, find the podcast and subscribe, but as there are so many different apps it’s hard to be absolutely certain that this will work. If you can’t find the podcast by searching in the app please let us know.

Accessing the Podcasts

600 Podcasts and Counting

Last week we made our six-hundredth podcast available on this site.

The available podcasts go all the way back to 2008.

Remember 2008?

That’s was the year when:

  • Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
  • Iran launched it’s first rocket into space.
  • At the Beijing Olympics Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Gold Medals won at a single games, winning eight.
  • Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection regarded as the catalyst for the Global Financial Crisis.
  • The cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 departs for its last voyage.
  • Fulwood Free Methodist Church dedicated a new building which we enjoy to this day.

As each one of the podcasts is around 30 minutes long that means that you have, freely available, around 300 hours of listening.

Accessing the Podcasts

Being Responsive and Mobile

Once upon a time almost every person accessed a web site in one way – they used a Windows PC and Internet Explorer.

The way we use the Internet has changed dramatically since then.

In 2010 over 98% of the people that came to this web site used a desktop or laptop with a tiny group of people accessing from a mobile device like a tablet or smartphone (the top pie chart, blue for desktops and laptops).

Visitors over this last month are using a significantly different mix of device with 47% of people now using mobile devices – 30% of people using a smartphone and another 17% using a tablet device (the bottom pie chart, phones in green, tablets in orange).

There has also been an overall increase in the number of people accessing the web site in that time.

The web site that we used to run was accessible by mobile devices, but it wasn’t very usable.

The new web site is far more usable people with mobile devices because it uses something called Responsive Design. What this does is change the look of the web site depending on the size of the screen that is using it. For a wide screen on a laptop or a tablet the information is shown in a way that fills the width of the screen. For a smartphone user who’s screen is tall and thin it shows the elements of the site in a way that’s optimised for them; it also simplifies the pictures and text to better match a mobile user’s needs.

For those of you who have only ever seen the web site on a desktop, this is what it looks like on an iPhone (as an example):

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Clicking on the turquoise circle with three lines through it will show the site menu.

Scrolling down the page will reveal all of the same information that a desktop user sees.

As a final note; if you are using a desktop or laptop and you change the size of the window then the way that the information is displayed will also be changed to keep it usable.

Accessing the Podcasts

Contact and Connect – Church Life and Printout Email

The new web site makes it even easier for you to sign-up to receive our weekly Church Life and monthly Printout publications into your email inbox.

If you go to the Contact and Connect page you’ll see a block like this:

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If you fill in the details as requested and click subscribe you will be sent an email to the email address that you supplied.

The email that you receive will come from an address called FFMC Communications and look like this:

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Click on the Yes, subscribe me to this list button and you’ll then be fully subscribed and receive into your email all of the Church Life and Printout publications that we send.

We do a number of thinks to try to prevent the email getting caught in Junk Email filters, but if you have been through this process and still don’t receive the emails your Junk Email folder is probably a good place to look.