Have You Checked Your HIDDEN Facebook Inbox?


Hold the phone.   You may have zeroed out your Facebook messages but there’s a hidden inbox that may currently be stacked!

Yes, there’s ANOTHER message inbox needing your attention!

This secret folder was brought to my attention via this post online. If it’s news to you, too, get ready for a whole lot of spam, and some important missed messages too!

Upon checking this inbox I literally discovered dozens (yes, dozens!) of missed messages on my phone that have gone unanswered simply because I did not realize they existed! Let me quickly walk you through the steps here and let’s see what you’ve missed, okay?

STEP ONE:  Go into your Facebook Messenger App

STEP TWO: Click Settings

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STEP THREE: Click People

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STEP FOUR:  Click Message Requests

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STEP FIVE:  Click See Filtered Requests

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STEP SIX:  View, Read, and Respond to your Messages (as you like)!

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One additional note: Since you won’t get notifications about these messages, it might still be worth it to make the habit of checking it every now and then. Or, to be even happier, just ditch Facebook and stick to Twitter.  😀 (Follow me while you’re there– @terracecrawford)

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Scam Alert: Facebook Friend Requests

Are you getting lots of odd Facebook Friend Requests?

People are reporting strange activity on Facebook lately — many of them receiving odd friend requests from all of the world.

A University of South Florida Professor of Information Systems, Grandon Gill, told WTSP-TV in an interview that there may be no precise reason for the influx of friend requests you are receiving, but you should be cautious.

“For example, if there happens to be someone from the military in these networks, they might be able to start to pick up information from their profile that would identify for example who they are, where they are,” Gill said.

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Some people who try to friend you on Facebook may try to scam you.
Some people who try to friend you on Facebook may try to steal your identity.


1. ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK FRIEND REQUESTS – Don’t just automatically click “accept” new friend requests. Take a few moments to look over the profile and verify that account is a real person, not a scam. I delete requests daily from erroneous profiles. Scan your list of current Friends to see if any show up twice (the newer account is going to be the scam one).

2. DON’T BLINDLY TRUST FRIEND’S RECOMMENDATIONS – Just because a link, video, or other information is shared by your (credible) friend doesn’t mean that it’s safe for you to click. It could be a fake account, a hacker, or mean that your friend hasn’t done his or her research.

3. WATCH FOR POOR GRAMMAR – Scam accounts are often full of posts that are riddled with typos and poor English. This is a good red flag.

4. ALERT YOUR FRIENDS – If your Facebook friend suddenly starts posting links to work-at-home schemes, scandalous videos or other odd content, tell him or her directly about the suspicious activity. Otherwise, they may never know that their account has been compromised.

5. REPORT FAKE ACCOUNTS TO FACEBOOK – Facebook does not allow accounts that are occupied by users who are pretending to be someone else.

Terrace is the author of Going Social, and speaks frequently on the subject of Social Media. [Click here] to see if you might like to partner with TC to host your next Social Media event! 

The Only Comment on Shooter’s Facebook Page!

 fbDylann Roof entered a historic Charleston Church on Wednesday evening and sat through a prayer meeting for nearly an hour, according to sources. Then Roof proceeded to kill 9 people, including the pastor of the church. Since his name has been released thousands have flooded the Facebook trying to find his page, which has now been deactivated.

Marcus Stanley is a 30-year-old gospel musician from Virginia, who knows what it is like to go under fire. According to his website:

Marcus was shot 8 times at point blank range with a .45 caliber automatic weapon while touring as an initiation act by gang members. Due to the shooting, Marcus became temporarily paralyzed on his right side, lost the ability to walk, and leaving one bullet permanent lodged near his spine. With God’s grace and mercy, Marcus was successfully able to regain the strength to walk and recover most of the feeling in his right arm.

Just before the authorities captured the suspect, Stanley also searched for Dylann Roof’s Facebook page — just before it was deactivated.  He quickly shared a message that may shock you!


Today countless tweets, updates and comments have been posted all over the internet. Many of them are filled with hate. Let this one example of compassion remind us that this terrible tragedy could receive any label, but let it receive the label of overcoming evil with good.

During the recording of This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast earlier today, we paused to memorialize those who lost their lives so tragically in Charleston.  (The podcast will air later today, June 18, 2015).

[Podcast] New Technologies for Youth Ministry with @MattMcKee

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.15.53 PM The 13th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.

from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 13: New Technologies for Youth Ministry with Matt McKee! Terrace interviews Matt McKee, serial entrepreneur and tech guru, about new technologies that youth workers should be using now!

Thanks for listening!  And please share the word with friends online about the new podcast.  You can also check out www.thisweekinym.com – our official podcast page.

Subscribe in iTunes by clicking [here].

Your Next Social Media Event!


I’m doing a number of Social Media Events this year and I want to come to your city! Our latest booking is in New Hampshire where I’m doing a Saturday seminar for parents and students.  Here are few of the topics that I’ll be speaking on that day:

1 – Social Media 101 (Basics of Social Media)
Some people find Social Media intimidating. In fact, they really don’t know if they are doing Social Media right! Social Media is a powerful thing. In this session, Terrace Crawford explains how Social Media has great power and can be used for good. We’ll cover the Top 5\Most Common platforms and how to use them.

2 – Social Entourage: How to Win Friends and Influence Them Online
Does Social Media seem lame to you? Are you bored with it? Do you anxiously await the next big platform to launch that trumps your Twitter\Instagram\Snapchat\Facebook app? What if you were told that you could make your experience online a life-changing one? In this session Terrace Crawford, author of #GoingSocial, will share how you can leverage your digital world in ways that will bring you new connections and help you influence and lead your followers to Christ!

3 – Social Networking for Parents (this is perfect for parents, but could be done with students)
Teens are often embarassed by their parents presence online. In fact, they’d almost rather they not dabble in Social Media at all. Can the world of Social Media host both parents & students? What if parents could be taught etiquette online? In this session, TC will share with parents what is acceptable and what is not and gives parents real talk about how to use their online presence.

4 – Helping Your Teen Protect Their Online Reputation
Most parents (well, and youth workers too!) are so afraid that teens are destroying their reputation online. Some of their concern is valid. In this session, Terrace shares about some of the dangers of what you post online and some important boundaries to observe while you are surfing on the web.

5 – Your Social Media Footprint
Were you aware that everywhere you travel online you leave a footprint? Most people use Social Media while others abuse it. The truth of the matter is that you can use Social Media for good or bad, but it’s important you understand that your presence online really matters. Your footprint will last much after you sign-off. In this session, we’ll talk about some of the dangers of Social Media as well as how you can leverage it for good!

If you’re interested in hosting me in your city for a Social Media conference or seminar event this year, [click here].  

To order a copy of my latest book, Going Social: A Practical Guide on Social Media for Church Leaders, [click here]

My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE Online Social Media Event on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00PM EST!  This training is applicable for anyone in ministry or business. There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here] TODAY!

Here is some of what you’ll learn in this 2-Hour training:  

    • How to Increase Your Reach Online
    • 4 Types of Audiences You Can Reach Outside Your Likes
    • 5 Practical Ways to Use Social Media In Your Business or Ministry
    • How You Can Maximize Your Social Media Platforms
    • How to Set up an Engagement Strategy
    • How you can reach over 40,000 unique people on Facebook — even with a small number of followers\subscribers
    • How to Build Followers (not just Fans) on Social Media
    • Learn Social Media Management Tools to Help You
    • PLUS+ other exclusive content!

Register TODAY and secure your spot. There are a limited number of spaces and we’re expecting these to fill up quick!

LIVE Online Social Media Training!

I’m stoked to announce my next Social Media Training Session.  I will be doing a LIVE Online Social Media Training on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00PM EST! There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here].

Here is some of what you’ll learn in this training session: 

  • 5 Ways You Can Instantly Improve Your Social Media Presence
  • Why You Should Engage with your Community
  • 5 Practical Ways to Use Social Media In Your Ministry
  • How You Can Maximize Your Social Media Platforms
  • How to Set up an Engagement Strategy
  • How to Inspire Your Students and Adults to use Social Media for Christ
  • How to Build Followers (not just Fans) on Social Media
  • Learn Social Media Management Tools to Help You
  • PLUS+ other exclusive content!

Register TODAY and secure your spot.  There are a limited number of spaces and we’re expecting these to fill up quick!


Free Webinar: Social Media 101 for Church Leaders

I’m excited to announce that on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 3:00PM EST I will be hosting a FREE Social Media Webinar for Church Leaders, sponsored by Beacon Hill Press. Please spread the word and join me online!

Also, if you haven’t gotten your copy of my latest book, Going Social, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy today online or wherever books are sold!

Free Webinar: Parent’s Guide to Social Media

Since I’ve written Going Social, a practical guide on Social Media, there have been several other really great resources released.  One of those is a great book by my friend, Adam McLane on helping parents (and teens, really) navigate life online.

There is no doubt that social media is shaping the way teens interact with each other and with their parents and there is always some new, challenging issue parents have to deal with as their kids move through the teenage years.  We know the power of social media but very few families have a plan in place for their kids or know how to help them navigate through our digital world.

I have good news. My friends over at ParentMinistry.Net are hosting a free webinar this Thursday (May 23, 2013 – 2:00PM CST) to help you process some of the current issues with social media and will offer resources on how you can help parents. Adam Mclane from the Youth Cartel is going to lead this special online session and I encourage you to reserve your spot and join in! There is limited space so make sure and hold you spot today!