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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

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W-E-B Issue 190 ~ April (ii) 2011
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share

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DIGITAL OUTREACH MONTH AND INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY
EFFECTIVE WEB DESIGN
COMMUNICATING WELL
FILM
SOCIAL NETWORKING
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
EVANGELISM, COMMUNICATION AND TECH BOOKS
MOBILE PHONES
TECH TIPS
TAILEND

"God doesn't want something from us. He simply wants us." - C S Lewis


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DIGITAL OUTREACH MONTH AND INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY

With Easter activities now past, Digital Outreach Month is with us in less than a week, and IE Day itself set for 15 May. Any ways that you can make these known will be greatly appreciated. I'll send you a separate news item if I may, later in the week. (It will come from a different email address, but will be part of your Bulletin subscription.)

On IE Day itself, there will be a grand giveaway - some key evangelism book titles available as free e-book downloads, and other resources.

Our short news item is available to include in church bulletins and websites, newsletters, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere:
http://www.ieday.net/shortannouncement

IE Day, Facebook and video: up to now, digital evangelism has been seen as an intentional and techie activity. No longer, for www.YesHEIs.com and www.GlobalShortFilmNetwork.com enable any Facebook user to post a thought-provoking video clip onto Facebook with one click. IE Day might be a good time for your church or group to showcase this potential to members, something which absolutely anyone can do!

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EFFECTIVE WEB DESIGN

USABILITY - If you design websites, mobile sites or apps, usability is essential. And Jakob Neilsen's Alertbox is one of the resources to use. His latest says, "Once users reject a design technique due to repeated bad experiences, it's almost impossible to use it for good because people will avoid it every time."
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/hated-design.html

GOOD NAVIGATION examples:
http://webdesignfan.com/20-examples-of-great-navigation/
See more at CSS PLAY - Stu Nicholl's varied examples have been likened to a candy store:
http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/

THE WAY WE WERE - BROWSER POPULARITY. Interesting infographic showing popularity of browsers from year dot to now. Sobering thought: the vast majority of web users have never heard of Netscape, or Infoseek, or many other 90s worktools. Also view a second info graphic on download speeds:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4035 (browsers)
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4023 (speeds)

PAUL BOAG INTERVIEW - Paul offers some very insightful understanding into ways of using the Web in ministry:
http://geeksandgod.com/episode139

Paul is the author of the Website Owners Manual e-book:
http://boagworld.com/websiteownersmanual/

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COMMUNICATING WELL

Change Your Words, Change Your World. Please watch this video clip. It goes to the very heart of real communication:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4190

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FILM

MARRIAGE MINISTRY IN INDIA. Anbirkku Alavillai (Unlimited Love) is a dynamic Indian story about love and healing marriages produced in India. The film offers a solution to heal the thousands of 'dry' marriages in India. This film has been produced by a key group in India and is worthy of support:
http://www.anbirkkuthemovie.com/

MY LAST DAY - THE EASTER STORY IN ANIME. More details on the new anime film highlighted last issue:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4203

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

LATEST FACEBOOK USAGE STATS from Enrique De Argaez at Internet World Stats:
http://www.internetworldstats.com/facebook.htm
and his latest newsletter (you can subscribe by email):
http://www.internetworldstats.com/pr/edi063.htm

SOCIAL NETWORKING STATS as infographics:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4137

BUILD THE PERFECT FAN PAGE, 2011 EDITION - Social networking expert Tim Ware explains what is now possible in Fan Page design:
http://www.techipedia.com/2011/build-facebook-page/

HOW TO MEASURE your Fan Page engagement:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-measure-your-facebook-engagement/

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WEBSITES - as well as YahooAnswers, there are a number of other sites where questions are posed, where you can offer appropriate answers from a Christian worldview:
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2011/apr/25.html

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THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

WHAT THE BIBLE DOESN'T SAY - wisdom from Blake Coffee:
http://churchwhisperer.com/2011/04/12/41211/

TOTAL CHANGE. Today's Western high school students are the first generation to have grown up with digital technology in their homes from birth. The first therefore to have their brains rewired, for better or worse, by 24/7 digital communication. A video and insightful accompanying article give a stark picture of these changes:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4168

PEANUTS. PRICELESS. Roasted Peanuts blog follows through the best of Peanuts cartoon strip over 50 years, with comments and context:
http://peanutsroasted.blogspot.com/

THE PRESS - Why the Press Just Doesn't "Get Religion". Trevin Wax in conversation with Sarah Pulliam Bailey:
http://trevinwax.com/2011/04/07/why-the-press-just-doesnt-get-religion-a-conversation-with-sarah-pulliam-bailey/

COUNTERFEIT GOSPELS - Trevin is also author of this new book, and is interviewed here by Ed Stetzer:
http://www.edstetzer.com/2011/04/countering-counterfeit-gospels.html

EFFECTIVE SEARCHING: Use 'Search Operator' terms to enhance web search:
http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/search-operators-find-storiessources-documents_b3399

UK CHARITIES can benefit from surplus supplies from industry:
http://www.inkinddirect.org/

3D TV - ZDNet columnist hopes it is NOT here to stay:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/the-3d-scam-reject-and-repeat/47724

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EVANGELISM, COMMUNICATION AND TECH BOOKS

Have you read any of the book recommendations on our book page? The latest to be added is GOD SPACE, reviewed last time. Please feel free to republish or adapt any of our book reviews in newsletters or blogs, and please also click on the Twitter and Facebook links at the end of each review, to share it with your friends and followers:
http://www.IEDay.net/books

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MOBILE PHONES

AFRICA: Mobiles are increasingly strategic for teaching, development, discipleship and evangelism. This article explains a ground-breaking project, Bridgeit, locally known as Elimu kwa Teknolojia or Education through Technology, is now operating well for nearly 80,000 pupils in 150 Tanzanian schools:
http://www.elearning-africa.com/eLA_Newsportal/delivering-video-by-mobile-phone-to-classrooms-in-tanzania/

More on mobile phone use in Africa:
http://www.afriqueavenir.org/en/2011/04/25/mobile-phones-facilitate-daily-life-in-africa/
http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article1031741.ece/400-million-Africans-buy-cellphones

TAKING YOUR PHONE ABROAD: Gary took his iphone4 on a 10-day trip to Dubai; checked with Orange before he went and was advised to buy a package costing £50, enough to download 500 e-mails. Apparently he wasn't advised to switch off the data roaming facility. Anyway, when he got back to the UK he faced a bill of almost £5,000. Another trap is apps with automatic download. Take care, especially outside the EU.

SMARTPHONE AS PC - we are nearly there:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/hiner/motorola-atrix-review-the-beginning-of-the-smartphone-as-pc/8101

iPHONE APP for Petersham Evening Church (from Communicate Jesus, our Blog of the Month for April):
http://www.communicatejesus.com/2011/04/an-iphone-app-for-petersham-evening-church/

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

INCREASE FONT SIZE ON-SCREEN: not everyone knows that web-browser users can increase font-size of a website if they need to, with CTRL + (or reduce with CTRL -, and reset to default with CTRL 0), or CTRL & rotate mousewheel, if available.

jQUERY - make an elegant sliding image gallery with jQuery:
http://www.elated.com/articles/elegant-sliding-image-gallery-with-jquery/

DON'T GEOTAG ALL PUBLIC PHOTOS - why not?
http://equipping4eministry.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/be-smart-about-smartphone-pictures-and-security/

JSON Basics: What you need to know:
http://www.elated.com/articles/json-basics/

FORMS - make a slick Ajax contact form with jQuery and PHP:
http://www.elated.com/articles/slick-ajax-contact-form-jquery-php/

PHP - Object-Oriented PHP for absolute beginners:
http://www.elated.com/articles/object-oriented-php-for-absolute-beginners/

CAPTIONS - superimposing captions on images:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutorials/web_graphics/article.php/3480021/Text-Over-Images.htm

URL SHORTENERS do pass page rank, says Google:
http://www.webpronews.com/url-shorteners-and-seo-according-to-google-2011-04

GOOGLE +1 button explanation from Danny Sullivan and WebProNews:
http://searchengineland.com/meet-1-googles-answer-to-the-facebook-like-button-70569
http://www.webpronews.com/google-1-button-2011-04

AND FACEBOOK HAVE A 'Send' button too. How many more buttons can we cope with?
http://www.webpronews.com/facebook-send-button-should-send-targeted-traffic-to-your-site-2011-04

3D SCANNING APP on iPhone:
http://www.kurzweilai.net/smartphone-app-produces-3d-scans

YOUTUBE moving into live-streaming beta:
http://www.kurzweilai.net/youtube-unveils-live-streaming-service

MOUSE CURSOR for people with disability:
http://www.kurzweilai.net/making-mouse-clicking-easier

PANEBEE helps choose awesome domain names:
http://churchcrunch.com/use-panabee-for-awesome-domain-names/

MUST HAVE Icon tweeks from Mr Nifty (which was our featured Blog of the Month in March):
http://misternifty.com/misc/must-have-website-icon-tweaks/

POWERPOINT (OR ANYTHING ELSE) TO VIDEO - captures your screen:
http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

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TAILEND ô¿ô

Graduation Speech Notes

When my son graduated from high school, he had to give a speech. He began by reading from his prepared text. "I want to talk about my mother and the wonderful influence she has had on my life," he told the audience. "She is a shining example of parenthood, and I love her more than words could ever do justice."

At this point he seemed to struggle for words. After a pause he looked up with a sly grin and said, "It's really hard to read my mom's handwriting."

[Source: Pastor Tim, Cybersalt www.cybersalt.org
Although not a scene from 'Malcolm in the Middle', it could well have been!]

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