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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

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W-E-B Issue 187 ~ March (i) 2011
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share

News this time...

JAPAN'S PAIN
CHRISTIAN WEB CONFERENCE 14-16 APRIL BIOLA UNIVERSITY
BOOKS - NEED FOR AN EVANGELISTIC INDEX?
INFORMATION OVERLOAD - AND OTHER VOICES
HELPING PEOPLE USE WORD OF MOUTH TO PROMOTE YOUR BLOG
SOCIAL NETWORKING
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
JUSTIN BIEBER
TECH TIPS
TAILEND

"My life started to get good when the fear of regret became more powerful than the fear of being in a new situation."


JAPAN'S PAIN

As we pray for Japan (and I still await any news of a Japanese friend living in Sendai), you may like to know that CRASH Japan is a Christian non-profit in Japan set up for disaster relief:
http://worshipandthearts.blogspot.com/2011/03/japan-quake-tsunami-appeal.html

TruthMedia.com's outreach site Power to Change always responds quickly to providing support and comfort relating to disasters. Here are links you could post on Facebook or Twitter:
http://www.powertochange.com/

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CHRISTIAN WEB CONFERENCE 14-16 APRIL BIOLA UNIVERSITY

You are offered a special quarter off the registration cost with our booking code for Biola's web ministry conference:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/3892

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BOOKS - NEED FOR AN EVANGELISTIC INDEX?

For books relating to digital ministry, see our latest reviews:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/books.php

For general Christian book reviews:
http://tgcreviews.com/
http://www.discerningreader.com/
http://www.9marks.org/books/archive

However, I think there is a big need for a website that lists, with reviews and an explanation of the demographic of reader it would best suit, books that are genuinely primarily evangelistic and appropriate for outsiders. I don't know of any current resource like this.

ADVICE FOR CHRISTIAN AUTHORS - If you plan (or just wonder about) publishing a book, there are many pitfalls. Did you know that the average worldwide sales of an English non-fiction niche book (this includes most Christian books, and also many fiction books) is only 500 a year, with a lifetime total of about 3000? (This does not apply to self-published books, and assumes your publishers distributes in the main English-speaking countries, especially US.) It's an unusually popular Christian book (perhaps by a well-known leader) who will push much beyond this level. Read
http://frankviola.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/advice-for-christian-authors-by-frank-viola/
and
http://www.edcyz.com/

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INFORMATION OVERLOAD - AND OTHER VOICES

Not only do we here constantly hear many online voices – not just the general white noise of a secular New-Agey postmodern culture, but also for example well-argued New Atheist ideas. Michael Patton of Credo House asks, 'Will Too Much Information Destroy Your Faith?'
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/3896

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HELPING PEOPLE USE WORD OF MOUTH TO PROMOTE YOUR BLOG

Social networking is THE way to encourage people to share your webpage or blog post with others. But:

1) People will only do this if you make it easy for them. Content must be unusually good for someone to bother to copy an URL off the browser and drop it into Facebook manually. Also, many Facebook users do not know how to do this. So you MUST provide one-click buttons to help them do this, otherwise few will share your pages.

2) The opposite error, I feel, is to offer huge numbers of graphics for every possible social networking sharing system - Digg, Reddit, Del.icio.us, etc. I suspect this is overkill and swamps people with choices. There are only two shows in town: Facebook and Twitter. Very few people use the others. Check how many people, EVER, have put your pages on Del.icio.us, or how often these are actually clicked on. Our own stats show that clickthrus from Del.icio.us are about 3 a month, whereas clickthrus from Facebook can be 3 an hour.

3) So your best strategy may be to cut the clutter and focus on clear, separate, one-click Twitter and Facebook buttons. And preferably, include some text with them to say what you would like people to do! If you want more than this, then perhaps just one further button - the universal AddThis option which takes people to Del.ici.us, Digg, and many others.

On the DEI blog, I use two Wordpress plugins: Tweet This, and Simple FB Share, because each also displays a text link as well as the graphic, and in the case of Simple FB Share, the text displayed is customizable. Text is a call to action which backs up the graphic, and makes it clear that the link will share that particular post, and is not just a general link to a Facebook or Twitter page.

4) I also use the Wordpress FB Like plugin from Church Marketing's which displays a clickable 'Like' button. However, a 'Like' click (though easier for people to do) is of far lower value and profile than someone actually posting your page into their Facebook Wall.

5) If you have a blog, then the ultimate syndication which some regular readers may do if asked, is to have your blog posts syndicated to their Walls, (rather than merely appearing on their News Feeds, which happens if they are a friend or a fan of a fan page). But you need to explain the steps needed as clearly as possible, something like this:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/dei-to-facebook.php

6) On webpages, you can also offer Facebook and Twitter buttons. Javascript or PHP options are available, to can scoop up the specific information appropriate to each page and include it in a ready-made link.

7) Note that when a link is added to Facebook, the post displays the page header title tag as a link and the meta description (both taken from the code in the page header) as the descriptive text beneath this. If your page does not have a meta description, nothing is displayed. Moral: on every page of a blog or webpage, ALWAYS have a meaningful enticing title tag and a clear meta description. Don't leave them blank, and don't use a site-wide generic title and description, which will display the same wording on every blog post or webpage.

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

22 TOOLS - If you are a 'power user' of Twitter, blogging and Facebook, some of these tools may help you:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/22-hot-new-social-media-tools-worth-exploring/

15 WAYS for churches to use Twitter:
http://www.communicatejesus.com/2009/07/15-ways-for-churches-to-use-twitter/

TRAINING videos on how to use Facebook:
http://mediaforministry.org/715/facebook-training-videos-lifechurch/

RELIGIOUS FACEBOOK PAGES the 'least-liked':
http://www.brianbarela.com/religious-facebook-pages-most-or-least-liked/

"GETTING PEOPLE to take action online is not easy," says Brian Barela. I think the point here is that people will only do things if they already have a relationship, or at least a sense of identification, with you:
http://www.brianbarela.com/getting-people-to-take-action-online-is-not-easy

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THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

OLD AGE - Billy Graham on old age and things he would have done differently:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/qabillygraham.html?start=1

TOLKEIN - archive BBC film interview with J R R Tolkein:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/01/24/tolkien/

MAPS - Innovative online maps with demographics, stats and more:
http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/7-innovative-online-maps_b2345

SEVILLE at high-res! Want to see a 111 gigapixel picture?
http://www.sevilla111.com/default_en.htm

TAKE THE ST AUGUSTINE CHALLENGE - if you can! Is modern culture robbing us of the ability to do something without distraction:
http://www.tothesource.org/1_12_2011/1_12_2011.htm

SEEING WHAT'S IMPORTANT - the wedding rehearsal:
http://tinyurl.com/seeingwhatsimportant

EMAIL ERRORS WE OFTEN MAKE - 18 essential tips:
http://equipping4eministry.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/tips-about-email-usage-and-abusage/

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POPULAR CULTURE - JUSTIN BIEBER QUIZ

Unless your own demographic happens to coincide with being a 14-year-old teen girl, Justin Bieber may have escaped your attention. But be assured that girls in your family or church youth group are very much aware of him!

David Buckna has produced another in his series of culturewatch quizzes, this time on youthful Canadian singer Justin Bieber:
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2011/s11020143.htm

Buckna also kindly wrote a page for the IE Day site: 'Why we should use contemporary culture?' IEDay.net/contemporary-culture
which also includes links to his many other culturewatch quizzes. These are all available to be syndicated into print or web publications, and of course you can drop any of the links into a Facebook or Twitter post too. Or suggest to girls in the Bieber demographic that they do this!

Bieber has also encountered harsh criticism from some, for his Christian views. See:
The persecution of Justin Bieber

Defending Justin Bieber.

We should certainly pray for this young man, mindful of the 'train wrecks' that can befall teen stars such as Britney or Lohan.

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

BACKUP AS YOU WRITE - if your computer does not save what you are writing every minute or so, you could lose a whole long document. Here's a tip:
http://www.modernekklesia.com/2011/03/how-to-backup-your-documents-as-you-write.html

BLACKBERRY - new development platform that makes it easy to build BlackBerry apps:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-easily-create-blackberry-social-apps/

ANDROID APP BUILDING FOR PROGRAMMERS - SL4A scripting environment:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/programming-and-development/try-the-sl4a-scripting-environment-for-your-android-device/3932

ANDROID SECURITY - Security Directory Network recommends
Mobile Security for Android:
http://us.trendmicro.com/us/products/personal/mobile-security-for-android/index.html

TOP LINKS - Must Read Links for Web Designers and Developers - Volume 5:
http://www.testking.com/techking/roundups/must-read-links-for-web-designers-and-developers-%e2%80%93-volume-5/

USING CSS in Joomla:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/webmaster/toolbox/web-developer-school-working-with-css-in-joomla.html

SCRIPTS of interest:
LESS, The Dynamic Stylesheet Language:
http://www.hotscripts.com/blog/meet-dynamic-stylesheet-language/
Guide to Mailing List Managers Scripts:
http://www.hotscripts.com/blog/mailing-list-managers/
15 Must-Have Marketing and SEO Scripts:
http://www.hotscripts.com/blog/marketing-scripts/

OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION software on test:
http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/rip-and-read-6-ocr-tools-put-to-the-test_b2524

CHOOSE YOUR website color scheme:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/webmaster/how-to-select-a-color-scheme-for-your-website/

CSS3 - animate submission buttons to show they are working, purely with CSS:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/css/web-design-class-animated-menu-buttons-with-css3-.html

SECURITY - FLASH DRIVES resistant to secure file deletion:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/21/flash_drive_erasing_peril/

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TAILEND ô¿ô

A shape-shifting octopus. Heard of these? Me neither. Amazing:
http://techsmo.com/post/3686116422/just-cool

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