Google+ & Jetpack

Since September 2013, I have been using Jetpack to push my posts from this website to Twitter (@cathtechnogeek ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/catholictechnogeek), but I never set up anything with Google+. Maybe it is because I, like so many others, had already got caught up in Facebook. Whatever the reason, I neglected Google+, I finally decided to create a presence in the Google+ Sphere.  So I thought I would create an account for CatholicTechnoGeek.

I first tried to create an account as CatholicTechnoGeek.com, and soon discovered that Google+ wanted me to create a business account instead of a personal site. I was afraid Google was going to ask for a credit card when I began to create the site, but the account is free. After entering the standard set name, email, etc, information to create the account, the Google+ account was running.

I hopped into Jetpack, went to my publicize settings and added the Google account. I then went and posted and then checked the Google+ CatholicTechnoGeek.com page and noticed my post was not on the site. After I did some digging, I found the Google+ site defaulted my WordPress posts to private.

To change your posts to public, you need to go into settings, scroll down until you see the “Apps & Activities” section (see photo #1). You have to click on the “Apps” tab (see photo #2) and you should find the window labeled “WordPress”. (Click on image to magnify) Once you click on the edit, you can change it so the WordPress app defaults to the setting you wish. I have changed my posts to public so anyone one can view the posts. However, it possible to restrict posts to a circle if you want.

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After testing a few more posts, I placed some graphics and I am working on completing my profile.

WordPress Jetpack…Publicize

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On of the challenges in parish ministry is trying to keep members and non-members aware of the work your church is doing. So when the internet came along, church gradually went out and developed a website. At first it was to to tell people where they were located, the times they had mass or services, and the office phone number. Now churches us websites to share newsletters, announcements, readings, prayer request, and schedules…

As technology continued to evolve, having a website is not just enough. Now it is important to have a Facebook, Google+, and a Twitter presence as well. But to keep posting information to all 4 sites can be time consuming.

This is where WordPress Jetpack becomes a useful tool if you have a self-hosted or shared-hosted WordPress based website. It has an option called Publicize, which can be configured to send a posting to your favorite social media page.

To use Jetpack, you first need to download it as a plugin and activate it. Next you need to connect it to a WordPress.com account. If you don’t have one, it is easy to create a free account. Once the connection is made, click on the Jetpack tab on your dashboard and then the configure and the Publicize box. You are then walked through the process of connecting to your social media accounts.

There is a drawback with using Jetpack to post to social media sites. It doesn’t post your entire posting to your social media website. Instead, it creates a link to website with a partial copy of your text.  If you go to my Facebook site www.facebook.com/catholictechnogeek you will notice all my posts are links back to this website. My tweets on twitter (@catholictechnogeek) only have the title and a link back to my website.

Despite the drawback, it is a great way to get the same word out to your varies social media sites and attract attention to your main website.