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New Tech That I’m Thankful For

It’s the awkward family tradition that takes place nationwide every year… You know the drill. A delicious meal is placed before you, and right as you’re about to test the structural integrity of your grandma’s china, someone throws it out there: “Let’s go around the table and say what we’re thankful for!”

To avoid boring you here with two-dozen versions of “my family, my wife and my kids,” I thought I’d take a minute to hammer out some of the technology that had made my life better over the recent months. Let’s dive right in.

Facebook Fan Pages

I know, I know… This isn’t the newest piece of technology out there, but it’s definitely the one that’s had the most impact on how our ministry communicates. As Cleve mentioned a few posts back, Facebook pages are our new favorite “quick solution” for internal ministry groups looking for a way to connect with their folks online. They’re quick to set up, totally free and surprisingly effective. Use them; they’re awesome.

Dropbox

Nothing makes my day like an awesome, free service. Lately, Dropbox continues to be the tool that’s making my day. If you haven’t created an account yet, Dropbox is basically an online storage disk that you can get to from pretty much any device with an internet connection. Think of an FTP without needing nerdy knowledge, or MobileMe’s iDisk without the subscription.

Long story short, it works great and has dramatically simplified my daily working life (something I’m always thankful for). Go sign up today; you won’t regret it.

Google Voice

I’ll be transparent here… I barely useGoogle Voice’s features myself except for the free text messaging. As someone who generally hates talking on the phone, I just don’t have much of a use for it.

With that said, Google Voice can be a pretty awesome tool for your ministry. For us, it has been an instrumental tool in beginning an outreach to the Spanish-speaking folks in our community. Instead of giving out the personal cell phone numbers of our Spanish-speaking volunteers, we’re able to give out a single number that can ring all of them at once. It’s also much more flexible, allowing the number to stay the same on our printed materials as volunteers come and go.

Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

Windows Phone 7

For those of you that know me, you’re probably confused by this one, so allow me to explain. The iPhone is crazy popular, and Android is quickly becoming the new 800lb gorilla. As other platforms begin the slow fade into oblivion, iOS and Android are absoluting dominating the marketplace.

Which is why we need another big player. Although it doesn’t seem to be the case right now, market dominance can lead to market stagnation. After all, there’s no need to innovate when there’s no one to compete against. Microsoft’s foray back into the mobile marketplace will break up the marketplace a little more and will likely lead to another big battle for your mindshare and your wallet. It’s a great thing for consumers.

What about you?

What tech are you the most thankful for this year? Let us hear it in the comments below.

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  1. Lauren Murrell (Reply) on November 22nd, 2010

    I’m so glad you didn’t bore us with the MANY many reasons why you’re thankful for your wife.

    I agree about Dropbox. It’s such an easy way to get files back and forth to clients.


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