The Latest from Social Media and the Web Want to Hang Out? Where can Lions convene to plan an upcoming event, broadcast a press conference, hold a volunteer training or chat with donors, all without leaving home or work? On Google Hangouts! Anyone with a Google account can start using this handy service, which also offers text messaging and video or phone calls. With Lions’ increasingly busy lives, using this tech tool can be a useful alternative to meeting in person. Users of Hangouts can also broadcast live from events, record video easily posted to YouTube or host a distant guest speaker at a club meeting. Get started at hangouts.google.com and find help at support.google.com/hangouts. Facebook Feedback Follow the LION at facebook.com/lcilionmagazine and watch for the next Facebook question for Lions on January 5. Your comment and photo may appear on this page! Get Recognized on the Centennial Service Ticker Visit the LCI website and the first thing that might catch your eye is the ever-scrolling centennial service ticker, highlighting clubs that have completed centennial service projects. See your club on the ticker by reporting your centennial service projects through the online MyLCI service activity report. Each week the ticker is updated with new clubs that have joined the ranks of centennial service goal participants. Hashtags Unite Lions Online The next time you post a photo of a vision screening event, the results of the latest pancake breakfast or an update on your club’s disaster relief efforts, add an LCI-related hashtag or two. Using hashtags—the “#” symbol followed by one or multiple keywords—links your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest posts with other posts involving the same topic. Search using a hashtag and see the stream of posts connecting Lions’ service. “It’s a great way for Lions and the public to easily view Lions activities,” says Athen Grey, manager of Online Communications at LCI. LCI Headquarters staff also use hashtags to search for stories to post to official LCI social media channels. Get started with the most common hashtags: #LionsClubs (for LCI or multiple clubs) #LionsClub (single club) #Lions100 (centennial-related) #LCICon (international convention) #LCIF (foundation-related) #LeoClubs (Leo club program or multiple clubs) #LeoClub (single Leo club) #WeServe, #LionsEverywhere (service-related) #LionsRelief (disaster relief) Featured Digital Club The Frankfort Lions in Illinois know how to put hashtags to use—in fact, they rarely have a Facebook post without one. Whether it’s connecting with other Lions clubs on centennial service with #Lions100 or promoting a club event such as # FrankfortLionsWurstFest, the Lions are savvy with social media. Find out more at lionmagazine.org. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a comment or make a story suggestion for our editors.
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