I really like using Instagram, it takes cool pictures, has great filters, and it posts to my favorite social network sites. There are a few things I would like to see added to Instagram like more control over the tilt-shift feature (they had it then took it away…weird), a “save original image to album” feature, and a better site that can be browsed. I guess I can use other apps for those features but I love the simplicity of Instagram. Because I use it so much I thought I would share a few of my favorite “Insta” sites on the web.
- Extragram is a site that allows you to brows all you Instagram photos. Forgot to save them? No worries, just sign up and browse away. I also like Instagrid.me. Once you sign up you can give out your own personal web address and let others browse too. (FREE)
- Instaport is a great find. I have not saved all my past photos, not a problem with Instapost. Sign up here and you can download all your pics in one simple zip file. (FREE)
- Postagram sends your pics from your iPhone or Android directly to someone’s mail box. Check out this post I wrote last year on this great app. ($.99 covers printing and shipping)
- Looking for cool pics from an event you wish you were at? “Search Instagram” is a great site for taking a look at the bigger picture. Check out these links; SYMC, Cubs, youthministry. What to move through the pics more quickly? Click the “stop stream” and then you can scroll.
What are some of your favorite Instagram sites and uses?
Maybe it is not the best but it is FREE. I really like the idea of “Open Source” software and “Freeware.” I have a few lists here of some things that can be very helpful. That said, not all FREE software is great…just FREE. Here is a well organized layout of open source downloads. Some of this is better than stuff you pay for but sometimes you get what you pay for…
For a limited time you can purchase a Group Magazine digital subscription for $5….YES, FIVE BUCKS?!?!?! I love Group Magazine and I really enjoy reading it on my iPad…AND NOW ANDROID!!!! If you have an iPad, or an Android device, and want to check out a great digital magazine the time is now! Not only will you get 6 digital issues, but each digital issue has extra content. Everything from links directly to web sites to videos from some of the writers. This is a great deal, get it before it is too late! After you purchase your digital copy look for The Wired Ministry column, a little tech coaching from your truly!
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Group Magazine is now on Android! Take that, Apple! (We’re just kidding, Apple. We still love you. Please don’t kill us. Sincerely, Us.)
Right now it’s only available through the Amazon App store. Click the link here or if you have the Amazon App store on your Droid just search “Group Magazine.” There’s a FREE issue to test out and play with, and when—yes, I said when—you fall in love, you can subscribe through the app.
Thanks for being patient, Droid fans!
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• You must be running Android OS 2.3.3 or newer (for the Group Magazine App to work)
• Make sure install from “Unknown sources” is checked (Settings>Applications>Unknown sources)
• Make sure 1-click purchasing is up to date with Amazon
• Click here from your Android phone or type amazon.com/app-email do download the app
• Install the app and click or search “Group Magazine.”
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Group Magazine: Now R2-D2 approved! (Not actually endorsed by R2-D2, or George Lucas in any way. Seriously…he could crush us.)
These things are amazing, hilarious, and super fun. The Shock Ball functions as a random timer turning the game Hot Potato into Shock Potato! Instead of a buzzer telling you that you are out you get shocked and you get to stay in. The Shock Ball is a great time filler when we need a pick-me-up at the beginning of our time together or when our small group ends a little early.
I know, it is only Tuesday, but this Friday I will be picking two winners to receive a FREE SHOCK BALL!!! All you have to do is leave a comment below, tell us the summer block buster you are most eager to see.
If you do not win, head over to ThinkGeek, at $14 these things are a great investment…you might need a waiver.
Warning: The Product Emits An Electric Shock. Keep out of reach of children. Not suitable for those under the age of 14. This is a novelty item, not a toy. May interfere with electrical devices such as pacemakers.
1. Series Outline
For each of our teaching series, we put together an outline that’s used by several different teams for things such as creative elements, small group curriculum, etc. I will create a mind map for each series with the overall idea, key Scripture passages for each week, the main point of each message, quotes, random creative ideas or illustration possibilities. Here’s an example of one we did last year.
2. Brainstorm an Idea
Sometimes you need to process out an idea and just want to be able to get a lot of stuff written down quickly. Mind mapping is a great way to do an idea dump, utilizing each branch of the map as a key idea. We recently had a large event that had multiple layers and components. A mind map helped me to make sure we had thought through all the different areas that needed to be covered.
3. Broad, Bare-Bones Outline
To get a message (or really anything that I’ll be writing) started, I will create a mind map with just a few broad key ideas. This won’t have much more than some major ideas or movements in my message as well as any key passages of Scripture and illustrations. I then have something that I can go back to at any time later to fill in.
4. Preaching Outline
I use a pretty extensive outline to preach from, so I have to go beyond just some general ideas in an outline and do it in a way that’s readable. So, after I have filled in more than the bare bones outline and color-coded it, I then format it to be preached off my iPad. I right justify the map (because it’s easier to scroll through it that way), export it as a pdf, and then download it to GoodReader on my iPad. I zoom in on GoodReader to a point where it’s easy to read at a glance, and bring my iPad on stage with me to speak from.
Here’s an example of a portion of what my outline usually looks like when it’s done (trust me, it’s much easier to read on the iPad, then it looks)
Mind Mapping Apps
While I have personally tried around a dozen different mind mapping apps, these are the ones I keep coming back to:
1. Mindmanager by Mindjet. While I use the Mac version, there is also a Windows version as well as a significant non-profit discount if you are using it for ministry. This has more features than I ever even look at, but it’s able to consistently work in the way that I need it to as well as to export in a manner that makes sense for me to preach from.
2. iThoughts HD for iPad. While I do most of my writing on my Macbook Air, I will occasionally do my broad, bare-bones outline on my iPad. IThoughts can sync via Dropbox and easily import into Mindmanager.
3. Pen and Paper. While I love technology, sometimes it’s helpful for me to revert back to some simple pens and paper. Right now, when I do that, I’m using Staedtler Lumocolor pens with a Quattro blank notebook and will go old school to sketch out a mind map.
Mike Goldsworthy is the Lead Pastor at Parkcrest Christian Church.
One of the things I love if gathering ideas and content that I can use for whatever project I am working on or topic I want info about. I am dialed in to a few news apps and RSS readers that help me sort and gather content and recently found a google tool to add to that arsenal. Click over to www.wdyl.com and search an interest, it is a pretty cool and helpful tool.