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W-E-B Issue 201 ~ November (ii) 2011
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
CHRISTMAS
SOCIAL NETWORKING
UNDERSTANDING THE META DESCRIPTION
WORLD WE LIVE IN
MOBILE WORLD
GETTING YOUR CHURCH IN THE NEWS
NETHERLANDS ONLINE OUTREACH
THE WEB AND ISLAM
WRITING WELL
TECH TIPS
TAILEND FUNNIES

"Comparison is the cancer of identity"

CHRISTMAS

NATWIVITY Twitter and Facebook posts start 1 December. Whimsical daily Christmas story in the voices of Mary, Joseph and others. Sign up to follow, then you can share these conversation starters:
http://www.natwivity.com/

CREATIVE CHRISTMAS video presentations:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6360

and Peanuts Christmas story, plus Bohemian Rhapsody modified to tell the Christmas story: http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6450

MORE - Check our four popular Christmas blog posts last year:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/category/christmas

FREE CHRISTMAS ARTICLES - web evangelist Rusty Wright offers free-to-syndicate gently evangelistic articles on a wide range of topics. Check his Christmas articles, which can be republished in print or online:
http://rustywright.com/topics/holiday-and-seasonal/christmas/
Check the 'topics' tag for many other articles in different subject areas.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS - Consider a cartoon animation DVD?
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5082

CHARLIE BROWN - How a Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn't happen:
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/284093

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

GOOGLE+ - how to set up a Google+ page for your business or organization:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-page-for-your-business/

YESHEIS - the video-clip sharing resource - now available in multiple languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Indonesian, Arabic, and Chinese:
http://www.yesheis.com/
Do you have any positive stories about using YesHEIs? please share them:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/tellyourstory.php

FACEBOOK'S MOST ENGAGING FAN PAGES are religion and soccer:
http://www.allfacebook.com/facebooks-most-engaging-pages-religion-and-soccer-2011-11
The most popular fan page is JESUS DAILY - read more about its success:
http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-page-engagement-3-2011-11

ARE YOU a typical Facebook user? Check the facts, figures and infographic:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/?p=6303

UNDERSTANDING CHANGES to Facebook insights - helpful infographic:
http://www.thealistdaily.com/news/infographic-the-new-facebook-insights/

NIELSEN REPORT - the state of social media in a 14-page online report:
http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/social/?mid=529

FARMVILLE - why people play social games:
http://blog.360i.com/emerging-media/social-games-2

FACEBOOK APPS - introduction to the quirky world of finding and installing them:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-find-and-add-facebook-apps-to-your-facebook-page/

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UNDERSTANDING THE META DESCRIPTION

Whether you are an HTML page coder or use a CMS system such as WordPress to create web pages, it is important to understand the role of the title tag and meta description, which are part of the invisible header section of a webpage. These are what search engines (usually), and Facebook (always), use to display a summary of what the page is about.

If these do not give a meaningful enticing introduction of the page contents (and also use appropriate keywords on which people may be searching), then your page will receive far fewer visits. Many Christian sites do not use title and description tags properly, and lose many visitors as a result.

SiteProNews explains the meta description:
http://www.sitepronews.com/2011/11/20/the-meta-description-tag/

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WORLD WE LIVE IN

FAREWELL MUNCHKIN: Karl Slover, one of the last Munchkin actors from the Wizard of Oz film, has died:
http://www.legacy.com/ns/news-story.aspx?t=karl-slover-munchkin-trumpeter&id=592

(Only three Munchkin actors are now left.) But did you know that 'munchkin' is now a film industry term applied to smaller women actors, whose petite stature is often needed so as to not overshadow male actors of average or below average height. Similarly it's a mark of a good leader or evangelist that they do not dominate those around them. Let's be Munchkins!

THE NINE types of collaborators - which are you?
http://cdblog.centraldesktop.com/2011/09/the-9-types-of-collaborators-infographic/

WHAT WAS OLD TESTAMENT MUSIC really like? Probably much like this - watch YouTube:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6278

ONLINE VIDEO - one of the biggest deal-changers on the Web in the last 5 years has been accessible video. This TED lecture explains why video is so significant:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6269

SLUMDOG SURFERS - the incredible web experiments of Professor Sugata Mitra:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5916

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS - writer Graham Pockett has collected a huge collection. He says, "E-Church Signs is a listing of hundreds of quirky, pithy, amusing and thought-provoking Christian-based mini-statements, or e-signs, designed for church street signs, church notice boards, church bulletins, bumper stickers, e-mail signatures, etc. Listed alphabetically, you can find a Christian e-sign for nearly any occasion. E-Church Signs is always on the lookout for more e-signs to add to the list."
http://www.anointedlinks.com/e-church_signs.html

For more sources of one-liners, see:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/556

FREE ONLINE COURSES from major universities:
http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

BRITS - Parcel2Go is the cheapest way to send parcels within UK. They now offer the facility of renting a US address so you can order or receive things from within US:
http://www.parcel2go.com/

SEARCH ONLINE more effectively - infographic on Mashable:
http://mashable.com/2011/11/24/google-search-infographic/

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MOBILE WORLD

COMICS as Android apps - big potential for evangelism:
http://android.appstorm.net/reviews/entertainment-reviews/mook-the-comic-in-3d-a-glimpse-of-the-future-of-comics/

KINDLE FIRE - people are liking it:
http://www.christiandroid.com/2011/11/is-the-fire-hot.html

GLOBAL USAGE - worldwide, smartphones represent 27% of all mobiles, in US 63%, Europe 51%:
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2011/11/29/report-smartphones-account-for-just-27-of-all-mobile-phones-worldwide/

Happily, www.YouVersion.com Bibles CAN install on feature phones (ie. previous generation phones without touch screens) in multiple languages. This could be a huge quantum leap for worldwide Bible distribution. We must stop thinking paper!
http://www.youversion.com/

IPHONE camera apps:
http://appsnuke.com/63/7-free-photography-apps-for-iphone/

MOBILE MINISTRY news - follow the #mobmin hashtag:
http://www.twubs.com/mobmin

HOW TO CHOOSE A SMARTPHONE - cost, features, reviews:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4614

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GETTING YOUR CHURCH IN THE NEWS

FREE PUBLICITY - Learn how to write an effective news release:
http://www.yourchurchinthenews.org/resources.html
and
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/writing-pressreleases.php

ALWAYS include your website URL. AND make it visible from the road:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/church-website-publicity.php

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NETHERLANDS ONLINE OUTREACH

In 2000, 24% of the Netherland's 16 million people used the Internet. In 2010, that number had grown to 88%. According to comScore, the Dutch logged an average of 32 hours online in August alone, visiting more than 3,000 web pages each. It seems that meeting people where they are, must now include finding them online.

That's why a group of Nazarenes involved with Vlaardingen Church of the Nazarene is developing a social media tool to meet people online by getting involved in helping to find answers to their problems.

GRIB.nu is still in the development stage, but the project team has high hopes for the site when it is expected to go live early in 2012.

Divided into three sections, GRIB will invite visitors to post questions or problems regarding the 'hands', the 'head' and the 'heart'. In the first two sections, other users will be allowed to throw out their own ideas and solutions to 'hand' problems, like how to fix a leaky pipe or work out a gardening obstacle and 'head' problems involving how to deal with something or the way things work; in the 'heart' section, which will likely have questions of a more personal or intimate nature, designated moderators from the group will privately correspond with users' posted questions and problems.

"At the end of the day, people will ask, 'Why are you doing this, why are you helping?'" said Rik Op den Brouw, one of the GRIB founders. "Then the one who gives the help can say, 'I believe in Jesus and Jesus wants to help you.' From that point maybe things will come further."

Although the Netherlands has a long history of devout Christianity, Op den Brouw and his colleagues say that traditional evangelism styles are no longer attractive to Dutch people, who have largely lost interest in religion in the past five or so decades.

"People were told they were bad, but in church they had to behave like they never sinned or made mistakes. In the minds of a lot of people there was a lot of hypocrisy," Op den Brouw said. "Even the word 'church' makes them reject it; they stop listening."

He wants the transformative Wesleyan theology of the Nazarene church, which wooed him to the denomination in 1995, to reach the minds and hearts of more Dutch people.

www.GRIB.nu will not be a straightforward evangelistic website; the development team want to start where the user is coming from - a simple wish to talk to someone about a problem.

Op den Brouw and the team have a vision to reach 500,000 people, quite a leap from the 5,000 who attend or are associated with the Vlaardingen church.

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THE WEB AND ISLAM

If you are interested in how Islam views the Web and its use by Christians for evangelism of them, see this (secular) report by the Open Net Initiative:
http://opennet.net/sites/opennet.net/files/ONI_NameofGod_1_08_2011.pdf

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WRITING WELL

HYPHENS - Important guidance on when to hyphenate phrasal adjectives - this one is widely misunderstood:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-style-compounds-after-the-noun/

MORE writing tips:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/writing.php

DON'T LOOK OLD-FASHIONED. There was a time not so long ago when it was normal practice to use an upper-case starting letter for words such as the seasons, descriptors of professions (e.g. Teacher), and much else. Or to add a full point (full stop) at the end of an article headline. Or to add a hyphen after a semi-colon thus:-. House styles change, and will continue to do so. Following style from 20 or 30 years ago looks dated and out-of-touch. Choose a modern house-style:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/style.php

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

WEB PAGES SHOULD BE NICELY PRINTABLE - some people still DO need to print them:
http://boagworld.com/tumblog/printing-web-pages-often-ignored-always-important/

PAGINATION - could be a useful script for some designs:
http://boagworld.com/tumblog/an-alternative-approach-to-pagination/

CREATE AN IMAGE GALLERY in pure CSS:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/html5/css/how-to-create-a-css3-based-image-gallery.html

CREATE a short video trailer for your blog or other activity:
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2011/11/19/everything-you-need-to-know-about-creating-a-jaw-dropping-movie-trailer-on-the-cheap/

USE THE CSS3 Target class:
http://www.red-team-design.com/get-to-know-your-css3-target-pseudo-class

CSS3 makes interactive options more meaningful:
http://www.paulund.co.uk/css3-animation-pricing-table

EBOOKS - create and publish:
http://www.epublishabook.com/2011/10/18/guide-to-format-and-convert-your-book/

DESIGN - the Amish Guide to Intelligent Web Design - just a funny/serious point that it should be SIMPLE:
http://www.copyblogger.com/amish-web-design/

COMPLETE COMPUTER IN A MEMORY STICK - coming soon:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/20/entire-computer-built-into-usb-thumb-drive/?cmpid=cmty_email_Gigya_Entire_Computer_Built_Into_USB_Thumb_Drive

PHOTOSHOP tutorials:
http://www.webdeveloperjuice.com/2011/11/21/50-remarkable-photoshop-text-effects-tutorials/

USING PHOTOSHOP pen tool - how to:
http://creativenerds.co.uk/tutorials/learning-pen-tool/

GLOSS RAYS in Photoshop:
http://sharebrain.info/photoshop/quick-tip-how-to-create-clean-professional-gloss-rays-in-photoshop/11742/

FREE ICON set:
http://sharebrain.info/freebies/free-icon-set-for-web-designers-aroma-250-png-icons-2/11884/

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TAILEND FUN ô¿ô

The other day I pointed to a couple across a restaurant and said to my wife, "That's us in ten years."

She replied, "That's a mirror."
[Source: www.cybersalt.org ]

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