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W-E-B Issue 194 ~ June (ii) 2011
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SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP
STORYTELLING
DAILY ONLINE NEWSPAPERS FROM PAPER.LI
COMMUNICATING WELL
MOBILE DEVICES
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
GOOGLE EARTH AND MISSIONS
CHURCH AND DIGITAL MINISTRY
TECH TIPS
TAILEND

"There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't." - Robert Benchley


SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP

8 WAYS to get people to read your blog:
http://www.bgosur.com/business/8-ways-to-get-people-to-read-your-blog/

SOCIAL MEDIA - why bother?
http://digital-fingerprint.co.uk/2011/06/digital-media-trends-4-0/

SOCIAL MEDIA: key links for being effective:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4542

FACEBOOK - Settings you need to change immediately:
http://justinwise.net/facebook-settings-security

TWITTER - Best options to handle Twitter:
http://www.chrisbrogan.com/the-right-tools-for-the-right-jobs/

SOCIAL TIMING - there are times of the day which give Tweets or Facebook posts more exposure. Check the infographic below. It's also true that Mondays and Fridays are bad days to send email newsletters, and that their time of arrival influences response.
http://www.toddrhoades.com/social-timing/

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STORYTELLING

THE SPIELBERG STUDY METHOD - How four books on film-making can help us tell the greatest story ever told:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/movies/commentaries/2011/spielbergstudy.html

STORY CUBES, invented in Ireland, have now become an international phenomenon. Each of the sets (there are two different ones) contains nine six-sided story cubes, with 54 images and more than ten million possible story combinations. Roll the dice and however they land, your task is to find a way of linking together the images on the top face of each of the dice in order to build a story that makes sense. The best feature of these wonderful cubes is the fact that there are no wrong answers - the goal is simply to let the cubes spark your imagination. Great way to develop a story-telling instinct?
http://www.storycubes.com/

CREATING AND SELLING AN E-BOOK - helpful guide:
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2011/06/29/sell-20000-worth-of-your-next-ebook/

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DAILY ONLINE NEWSPAPERS FROM PAPER.LI

Paper.li offers a great way to aggregate a range of twitter/blog postings into an attractive online newspaper, published on a daily, weekly or other time schedule. Of course, a paper like this is only as good as the choice of content. But if the editor is an expert who watches many potential sources of information and can create a focused coherent publication, then Paper.li is very useful. Our web battles, of course, are Too Much Information, and Not Knowing Where To Find The Best Stuff. A carefully produced Paper.li publication can meet these problems by selecting the resources people really need.

If you trust someone else to find the good stuff for you, it saves you lots of effort. The eDot Geek Daily is such a publication. Compiled by a GEM mission staffer, it covers many connected topics that relate to digital and mobile evangelism and ministry. This is one I check every day. Follow the publication by signing up for a daily email alert. You can also embed the publication into your own website or blog (see it in the right-hand margin of Digital Evangelism Issues blog www.IEDay.net/blog ) and can adjust style (eg width) with your own CSS:
http://paper.li/eDOTGeek

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COMMUNICATING WELL

E-BOOK OF WEB COMMUNICATION QUOTES from HubSpot - could be used as PowerPoint slides within a larger presentation:
http://www.hubspot.com/101-marketing-quotes/

ROBIN HOOD and effective communication - the wedding march that went wrong:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4800

LOST EMAIL - Computer humor makes serious points:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4737

WRITING - How to respond to a request for a writing critique - or how to ask for one:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-respond-to-a-request-for-a-writing-critique/

WRITING - How to revise and improve your writing:
http://IEDay.net/revise

WRITING - Understanding 'linguistic register' - the style of speech we use for different recipients:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/linguistic-register-and-code-switching/

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MOBILE DEVICES

APPS - People spend longer with mobile apps than on the mobile web. This highlights the needs for apps for evangelism and discipleship. There are very few. Please write at http://IEDay.net/feedback with any you know of:
http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-mobile-apps-vs-web-minutes-per-day-2011-6

BIBLE APP - YouVersion Chinese Bible app and interface now available:
http://blog.youversion.com/2011/06/youversion-com-and-the-bible-app-now-for-the-first-time-completely-in-chinese/

YouVersion's ability to post your own thoughts is creating a wiki-like global commentary:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/july/spot-youversion.html

QR CODES - while they are new, there's a novel lucky-dip attraction we can use, even on coins:
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-06/worlds-first-currency-qr-codes-will-start-circulating-netherlands-next-week

This window of opportunity for novelty does not last very long. When websites were relatively rare, people would visit pages about anything! When podcasts first came along, some people listened to Christian material for the novelty value. When the Bible was first posted online in multiple Indian languages, it attracted a huge audience because there was little else online in those languages at that time.

While QR Codes are still relatively rare, people may more readily use their smartphones to click through to outreach sites, church websites, and more!
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/3799

MULTI-SCREENS - Separate mobile devices interacting with each other are becoming significant. The new Wii (available soon) is multi-screen. There will be ways this functionality can be used in evangelism or discipleship. Brian Barela's blog demonstrates a game of Scrabble played on iPad with iPhones:
http://www.brianbarela.com/screens-that-complement-each-other

ECHO CONFERENCE (July, Dallas) will include a track on mobile phone ministry. Early-ish-bird bookings till end of June. Promo code JUSTIN from conference speaker Justin Wise www.twitter.com/@JustinWise gives 15% off:
http://www.echoconference.com/

More about Echo:
http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/149793-the-next-thing-in-church-conferences.html

MOBILE STYLE - with growing numbers of people accessing webpages on mobile phones, it is becoming an urgent matter to modify normal screen style to make a page appear at least reasonably useful on a very small screen. Of course, the ideal is a separate mobile site, with very 'appy' easy-to-click links.

A big problem is that there are a different smartphone operating systems, and multiple browsers available for most of them. My experience is that attempting to over-ride normal 'screen' CSS style with a CSS 'handheld' style does not necessarily work. I have found a cool PHP script: http://detectmobilebrowser.com/ which detects a vast range of mobile browsers and enables me to force a 'display none' or other CSS modification in the page header that will make IEDay.net work better on a tiny screen. Your feedback on how the site now looks for mobiles will be greatly appreciated: www.IEDay.net/feedback
I already use a WordPress mobile plugin on the DEI blog which reports 7% of users are on mobiles. Like to comment on this style change too?
http://IEDay.net/blog

There are very few browser emulators available for mobiles so far. Opera Mini mobile tester is available:
http://www.opera.com/mobile/demo/

This viewpoint page may help too:
http://davidbcalhoun.com/2010/viewport-metatag

If only there were Firefox or Chrome plugins that display a page as various mobile browsers would, and allow CSS test-editing, in the same way as Firebox Developers toolbar.

Please also share good online resources for making or testing good mobile style:
http://IEDay.net/feedback

TELL YOUR STORY - Nothing communicates as well as a story. If you are using mobile phones for evangelism or discipleship in any way, please share your story with us, to help others see the potential. And if you'd like to network with others who are also starting to work in these fields, please write:
http://IEDay.net/feedback

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THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

INTERNET USE by timezone, and in Nepali villages:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4770

CAMERA developments with no focus:
http://mashable.com/2011/06/22/lytro/

CULTURE - how the invention of glass changed culture, thought & communication. We were always shaped by our surroundings and environment:
http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2011/06/window_frames.php

THE NET'S EFFECT ON OUR BRAINS - at least according to Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows:
http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2011/06/more_evidence_o.php

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GOOGLE EARTH AND MISSIONS

In the Oct 2009 issue of the Bulletin, I mentioned the potential of Google Earth (plus street view or user-submitted location photos where available) in missions advocacy, for 'prayer-walking'-type prayer meetings, or mission staff using it in meetings to give a tangible overview of their place of ministry. It is also possible to record a 'town tour' with voice commentary for others to use, post on a blog or website, etc.
http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/webull09oct.php

A mission staffer in a key part of the world writes, "We are planning to combine prayer requests from Operation World and other sources with the virtual Google Earth tour of the capitals of each South Asian country and other major cities. What I want to ask you is, do you know of others who are already creating virtual prayer walks with Google Earth, whom we can liaise with? We can learn from each other."
If you are doing this, please can you share your experience, any other tools you use, or recommendations you have, and I will pass them on (or publish them with your permission, anonymized if necessary):
http://www.IEDay.net/feedback

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CHURCH AND DIGITAL MINISTRY

CHURCH WEBSITES - What every senior pastor ought to know about church websites:
http://justinwise.net/church-websites-senior-pastor

NOT CREEPY: Church shouldn't be creepy. It shouldn't be a place where the unchurched crowd's worst fears come true: "I'll be stared at. I'll be judged. No one will talk to me. Everyone will talk to me."
http://dannyfranks.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/creepy-church/

5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CHURCH WEBSITE from becoming an info dump:
http://justinwise.net/church-website-info-dump

7 WAYS PASTORS FAIL AT SOCIAL MEDIA, short version:
http://www.neuemagazine.com/blog/6-main-slideshow/1264-7-ways-pastors-fail-at-social-media
long version:
http://neuemagazine.com/digital-archives/issue-07-junejuly-2011?page=52

HOW TO BUILD ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS - like Jesus:
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2011/06/21/how-to-build-online-relationships-like-jesus/

TEXT MESSAGING - five ways to impact your church. Video interview, long but lots of ideas:
http://www.mattcarlisle.com/tools/tim-schraeder/

NEW BOOK - Vince Marotte has published a new book 'Context & Voice'. Matt Carlisle interviews him:
http://www.mattcarlisle.com/webministry/vince-marotte/

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

CSS3 - five features you can use today:
http://thinkvitamin.com/code/css3/5-features-of-css3-you-can-use-today/

5 DESIGN TRICKS to create depth:
http://www.onextrapixel.com/2011/06/20/creating-depth-in-web-design-5-design-tricks/

ANALYTICS - Better than Google Analytics? Real-time visitor tracking by Woopra:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/webmaster/move-over-google-analytics-here-comes-woopra.html
Another analytics service to consider:
http://getclicky.com/

INTEL new chip will speed up smartphones and slash power consumption. See what's on the way, and how it works at virtually the atomic level:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/intels-new-3-d-transistor-is-good-news-for-smartphone-users/2886

NET NEWS WIRE - RSS reader that syncs to Google, works on a MAC and iPhone:
http://netnewswireapp.com/

150 BEST ANDROID apps:
http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/top-150-best-android-apps-2011-693696

FIND YOUR TEMPORARY DIRECTORY quickly in Vista/Win7:
http://www.worldstart.com/temp-directory-shortcut/print/

3D TEXT - creating Animated 3D Popping Text in CSS3. The example is in fact the subhead on the page example, which must be hovered (don't click through to the 'real goozernation' page - the example is on the first page you arrive at. I presume this style can also be used without mouseover 'popping':
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/css/creating-animated-3d-popping-text-in-css3.html

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION FOR THE SIMPLE - very helpful infographic:
http://justinwise.net/seo-search-engine-optimization-simple

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TAILEND ô¿ô

Cartoon: This gadget is all I ever wanted:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4750

Video from Norwegian TV: World's first medieval tech call (this is the best version including the final punchline):
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4786

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