The Gospel According to Twitter: Everyone is right – Part 2

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Evangelism, Technology | Posted on 16-09-2013-05-2008

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                      Above: Two tweets with #AdviceToLiveBy

Twitter assumes that the most relevant information is the most recent information.  Twitter amplifies this by publishing a list of current trending topics based on an analysis of the latest tweets.  A word or phrase can trend when a significant number of people start tweeting about that word or phrase.  For example, during the Urbana 2012 conference, “#u12” became the number one trend in the St Louis area for most of the conference in fact there were nearly 40,000 tweets on the hashtag or about seven tweets per minute around the clock for the duration of the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Twitter for Ministry: History – Part 3

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Technology | Posted on 09-09-2013-05-2008

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Twitter’s prehistoric document, circa 2000.

Historically, twitter was born out of a brainstorming session by a group of employees at the podcasting company Odeo.  Jack Dorsey, a computer programmer, was fascinated by blogs, Instant Messaging (IM) and dispatcher systems.  Blogs allow you to host an online journal. IM gives the user the ability to chat live with friends, but it was limited because you were tethered to a computer.  Dispatcher systems required updates from ambulances, police officers, taxicabs and other city services, but according to Dorsey, it was missing one key piece, Read the rest of this entry »

Using Twitter for Ministry: #Hashtags – Part 2

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership, Technology | Posted on 03-09-2013-05-2008

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Hashtags are an important part of Twitter and are confusing for a lot of people.  Let’s start with the basics.  Hashtags originated as a way to group tweets.  Chris Messina borrowed the idea of hashtags from the old Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.  According to the Twitter Fan Wiki, “Hashtags were popularized during the San Diego forest fires in 2007 when Nate Ritter used the hashtag ‘#sandiegofire’ to identify his updates related to the disaster.”

Hashtags have evolved as a way of adding punch lines to a tweet.  For example, “I just dropped a McRib in my lap. I’m wearing white. #fail”.  Or another tweet by the writer Susan Orlean, “My 7 yo has taken to calling me ‘Lady,’ as in, ‘What’s for dinner, lady?’ #wheredidigowrong.” These tweets add irony and sarcasm.  Others have used hashtags to create large slumber party like conversations with hashtags like “#IWannaKnowWhy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Using Twitter for Ministry: Basics – Part 1

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership, Technology | Posted on 26-08-2013-05-2008

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Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging site where users share thoughts of up to 140 characters, known as a tweets. There are 200 million active users who tweet an average 400 million tweets per day. The site launched on March 21, 2006 . It is the fastest growing social media site today. Twitter is a snapshot at any moment in time of the collective diverse thoughts of our global society.

Lets go over some of the basics of twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gospel According to Twitter – Part 1

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Faith, Technology | Posted on 19-08-2013-05-2008

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                      Boston Marathon – April 15, 2:49pm

On April 15, 2013 at 2:49pm EDT two bombs exploded within 13 seconds and 210 yards of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  The bombs killed 3 people and injured another 264.  Within seconds, Twitter was lighting up people’s cell phones and computer screens with first hand accounts of the event including images and videos of the scene.  It was a full 10 minutes before any other news source was able to report anything. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook strengthens faith

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Faith, Technology | Posted on 21-12-2009-05-2008

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Students often tell me that Facebook is a distraction to their studies and their faith.  I agree.  It is easy to get sucked into a world of clicking through profiles, photo’s, groups, interesting fan pages.  The hours spent on facebook certainly can be detrimental to ones study habits, not to mention real live socializing.  Some students have even decided to stop using facebook for a week.  One student decided to close his account.  Kudos to them!

In my work, facebook is nearly a requirement. There are some students that I can’t get in touch with unless I facebook them.  Then as if by magic I receive a response within minutes.  I recently posted the announcement of our son’s birth on facebook.  Over the next few hours and days I had hundreds of messages to sort through of congratulations!  It was  a lot of fun.  It demonstrated the power of facebook.

All of this got me thinking.  Read the rest of this entry »

Server Upgrades.

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Technology | Posted on 18-02-2003-05-2008

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My brother and I finally got around to finding some new hardware for the server. We had several crashes due to lack of memory. My brother found us a PII/233 with 96MB of RAM and next time I come to Brainerd, i’ll be bringing it up to 192MB. It has helped drastically improve the processing of e-mails. Today, I setup bleach, our secondary server to mirror silage, so that in case silage goes down at least some services will remain intact.

Broadband! – Finally…

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Technology | Posted on 09-10-2002-05-2008

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Today, after much waiting, I finally got broadband. The first time they came out they wouldn’t install it because I didn’t have a jack in my room. We decided that it would be nearly impossible to run the cable to my room, and decided to put it in a different location. I bought a wireless router, and now we don’t have cables running around the house! It’s wonderful, I can finally be on the internet at the same time as the phone, not to mention the fact that it’s faster!

The New Look

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Technology | Posted on 21-02-2002-05-2008

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Well, after spending about 2 months goofing around with different layouts, and updating some of the content, the new look for ASKER.NET is born! Surf Around!

OpenSSH Upgrade

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Technology | Posted on 12-09-2001-05-2008

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Today, I upgraded silage to the latest version of openSSH, which should now support both ssh1 and ssh2. I opened up a ssh server on port 21 (thereby shutting down the FTP) for about 1 hour. I compiled, and then installed the system logged into the alternative port, and then killed the old server, and started up the new one. All told, ssh was probably down for about 1 minutes, the rest of the services should have been running as normal.