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W-E-B Issue 199 ~ October (ii) 2011
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
ARABIC VERSION OF YESHEIS.COM LAUNCHED
CALL2ALL, LA, 29 NOVEMBER - 3 DECEMBER, DIGITAL MEDIA OUTREACH CONFERENCE
POPULAR CULTURE
YOUTH RESOURCES
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
SITE USABILITY AND PROMOTION
SOCIAL MEDIA
WRITING AND COMMUNICATING WELL
MOBILE PHONES
TECH TIPS
TAILEND FUN

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it" - G K Chesterton


ARABIC VERSION OF YESHEIS.COM LAUNCHED

The Arabic version of the video-clip sharing site www.YesHEIs.com is now launched. ShareKOnline enables anyone to post an Arabic-language clip to their Facebook page, or share in other ways.

As with the English language YesHEIs, this is a remarkable resources that draws together the synergy of three key digital communication components:
- sharing across existing relationships with the unforced opportunity for discussion
- visual story as video shorts
- download or use on mobile platforms

Watch the promo video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfVBfC2HIKQ

Visit ShareKOnline:
http://sharekonline.com/

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CALL2ALL, LA, 29 NOVEMBER - 3 DECEMBER, DIGITAL MEDIA OUTREACH CONFERENCE

This signficant gathering will build on the growing cross-cultural opportunities for visual story, video clips, and mobile, around the world. This is for anyone, especially in the missions community, who wants to understand and use the potential of these tools. Watch video explanation and visit main site:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6007

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POPULAR CULTURE

REEL THINKING is a blog "illuminating film through the lens of Scripture". Although written primarily for believers, it offers insights that will frequently be useful to share with outsiders:
http://reelthinking.wordpress.com/

FREE LION KING video resources from Mars Hill, to use in evangelism and ministry:
http://www.ministryresources.org/lionking/

PS, seen on Twitter: "Just for the record, cats don't actually like it when you raise them in the air and sing the Lion King song."

DAMARIS - their culturewatch resources are vast, and many are geared to engaging with outsiders using film or media as a starting point. Take time to explore the website to find what is available, and subscribe to the email newsletter to keep in the loop:
http://www.damaris.org/

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YOUTH RESOURCES

FERV is an Australian site of resources for youth ministry. It has just been relaunched with a new design:
http://fervr.net/

WRITING for children:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-questions-to-consider-when-writing-for-children/

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THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE as a world map. Also watch the 7 billion population ticker:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5988

5 THINGS GOD never said:
http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/155398-larry-moyer-5-things-god-never-said.html

500 YEARS OF ART HISTORY, and why it matters:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5724

WARPING THE MESSAGE - digital is changing us more than we think:
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/tech/features/27051-warping-the-message

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SITE USABILITY AND PROMOTION

HOW LONG do users stay on webpages? And why it matters:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/page-abandonment-time.html

10 VALUABLE ASPECTS of a successful homepage:
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2011/sep/14.html

WHY WORDPRESS? And did you know that Wordpress.com is essentially the standard WordPress install, scaled up to run 20 million blogs? The PowertoChange.com outreach site also runs thousands of pages on WordPress.
http://boagworld.com/season/2/episode/s2e8/

PROMOTION - Google+ button clicks count towards your page ranking. Make sure every page of your website or blog carries a Google+ button:
http://www.ibusinesspromoter.com/add-google-1-button-web-pages

HOW TO INCREASE EMAIL SIGNUPS - Problogger explains how to use Google Website Optimizer to test different factors that encourage people to submit their email address:
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2011/09/27/how-to-increase-conversions-with-google-website-optimizer

5 RULES for a website 'about' page:
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/09/five-rules-for-your-about-page.html

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SOCIAL MEDIA

THE STATE OF SOCIAL MEDIA 2011 - "Social is the new normal":
http://www.briansolis.com/2011/10/state-of-social-media-2011/

"FACEBOOK is for When I'm Bored, Twitter is for When I'm Curious," says Brian Barela:
http://www.brianbarela.com/facebook-is-for-when-im-bored-twitter-is-for-when-im-curious/

10 WAYS non-profits can benefit from social media:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/10-ways-non-profits-can-benefit-from-social-media/

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WRITING AND COMMUNICATING WELL

LOVING CAPTAIN MAINWARING - loving the characters you write about. And Don Miller's secret for effective writing:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5783

EVANGELISM - "A mysterious, indefinable, relational interaction," says Don Miller:
http://donmilleris.com/2011/10/24/a-mysterious-indefinable-relational-interaction/

30 WORDY PHRASES we can kill, beginning with 'in':
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/30-wordy-phrases-beginning-with-%E2%80%9Cin%E2%80%9D/

8 EASY ways to be missional in your community:
http://worldchristians.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/8-easy-ways-to-easily-be-missional/

EDITING - more ideas:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/revise.php

OUTSIDERS - writing for them:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/writing.php

WRITING FOR BLOGS - how to get more readers:
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/13316b58ea33f62d

BRAND NAME - finding one:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-come-up-with-a-brand-name/

BLOCKQUOTES - when to use:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-format-block-quotations/

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MOBILE PHONES

WRITING FOR MOBILE readers (in apps or mobile websites) requires even harsher editing than writing for the Web, says Jakob Neilsen. However, he points out that mobiles occupies a digital niche that nothing else does: 'killing time' in the little time gaps when there is nothing else to do:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-writing.html

9 TIPS TO OPTIMIZE a site for mobiles:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/9-tips-for-optimizing-your-website-for-mobile-users/

GREAT APP for journalists and others:
http://churchandmedia.net/Articles/281191/Church_and_Media/For_the_church/News_and_Events/_Great_app.aspx

ANDROID registrations reaching 1 million a day this month:
http://theunderstatement.com/post/10977941562/october-20-2011-androids-1-million-device-d-day

CHRISTIAN APPS - here's a short list, Jason at Christech would like to know of others to add to the list:
http://christech.org/

COOL IDEA - QR code keytag:
http://lifehacker.com/5847285/make-your-own-qr-code-key-fob-to-let-the-finder-know-how-to-return-lost-keys

ANDROID TIPS AND APPS - some of the best recommendations come from AppStorm. Also subscribe to their regular blog posts to get updates on app resources in different categories, some are mindblowingly useful:
http://android.appstorm.net/roundups/100-absolutely-essential-android-apps-tips/
Here for example are their driving app recommendations, including one which will automatically send a text if you are running late for a meeting:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/y5-automates-wi-fi-and-saves-battery-life-on-your-android-mobile/3593

ANDROID BATTERY SAVING TIPS - there are many tips around, but they all of course boil down to asking the phone to do fewer things less often. If you install the app "Android Assistant (17 Options)", you will be able to see just what is gobbling power. And the biggest 'offender' is Wifi - often some 25% of the total. To save power, it needs to be switched off when not in a wifi zone. You can use Y5 to switch off when you move out of a designated cell(s):
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/y5-automates-wi-fi-and-saves-battery-life-on-your-android-mobile/3593

However, if you live in a place where cells are large, or you would rather automatically switch off when a wifi signal is not present (and be content to manually switch on when you need it), Wifi Power Saver App will probably save more battery:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.droidplant.wifipowersaver&hl=en

LOGOS BIBLE STUDY now available on Android:
http://www.christiandroid.com/2011/09/bible-study-on-your-android-logos-has-arrived.html

CHRISTECH list of Christian apps - Jason is asking for others to add to the list:
http://www.christech.org/

MORE MOBILE DEVICES than people by end of 2012. Obviously this includes all devices including tablets, and multiple ownership of phones or SIM-cards:
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/51223.php

BUYING BY MOBILE from a paper window display. Could Christian books be sold this way?
http://mobileministrymagazine.com/2011/10/03/creative-mobile-retail-displays/

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TECH TIPS

SCROLLABLE IMAGES - if you need to display a very large image within a webpage, you can easily add scrollbars:
http://www.willmaster.com/library/web-content-prep/big-image-small-space.php

CSS3, TEXT SHADOW and 3D text - very easy to achieve now (but don't overdo it!):
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/webmaster/css3-new-possibilities-with-text-shadowing-and-3d-text/766

CSS3 enables, without Javascript, fun menu transitions more easily achieved than previously:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/html5/tutorials/how-to-use-css3-for-menu-transitions-and-animations.html

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TAILEND FUN ô¿ô

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.
[Source: http://www.mikeysfunnies.com ]

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