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W-E-B Issue 219 ~ February (i) 2013
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
Social media help | Missions and wasted resources | Popular culture | Communicating well | Mobile phones | Conferences | Church ministry | IE Day | The world we live in | Tech tips | Tailend funnies

They say...
"Do not say, 'Why were the old days better than these?' For it is not wise to ask such questions."


How to force Facebook to grab the intended best image from your WordPress page - and use a default backup if you don't have a specific graphic on that page.

New step-by-step guide to using LinkedIn effectively is now available as a free Amazon Kindle download (not sure how long it will be free).

Facebook page moderation - how to remove posts or ban users.

Meredith Gould, the name behind the church and social media #chsocm discussions, has written a book on social media for the church. The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways is scheduled for publication in July. Check also our listing of free communication and evangelism ebooks.

Why storytelling and social media are non-optional for effective communication, and likely to be vital for the survival of many non-profits. Includes an outstanding example of a small company which really (and unusually) understands how to use social media.


It has long been a concern of mine that mission agencies and other ministries should escape a proprietorial mindset of 400 years of print-on-paper culture. They frequently publish advocacy or discipleship books, booklets and group study guides (or hold the copyright to out-of-print titles) which sell only a few hundred copies a year maximum - a distribution output which will therefore be read by a very limited number of people, usually within a single country, and may not even pay for inventory costs.

If only missions and ministries could just let them out 'into the wild' in the form of free PDFs, Kindle and iTunes ebooks, and phone apps. Readership will likely go up by a factor of 10, 50 or even 100 times or more, and literature can be used in countries and by demographics who would not previously have had the opportunity to do so.

Of course, writing which is culturally very western and dated, or out-of-print missionary biographies from the 70s or earlier (which always tended to be hagiographies) are unlikely to be helpful to a wider audience, and can be cringeworthy. But there is much good stuff around which is culturally relevant, but imprisoned by being only distributed in print form. Meanwhile, Christian groups around the world may struggle to reinvent the wheel, or more likely, just do without. (Or, perhaps, fall prey to literature from extremists or cults.)

An extension of this tragic situation is the need to allow translations into other languages. Distant Shores Media strongly argues for a new 'Christian Commons' approach to our vast stores of usable written materials, in their new free ebook The Christian Commons by Tim Jore. This deserves a very wide readership.

Curation needed

There is also a big need, I feel, for someone to create a curated listing of various free online discipleship study booklets and ebooks, which are appropriate for a non-western audience. Without such a single one-stop source of reviewed resources, it is very hard for Majority World leaders, for example, to find good teaching or group discussion materials. Someone creating such a site would be doing an immense service for the gospel on a worldwide basis.

In this spirit, please feel free to republish or adapt this item in any way you wish. It is also online here.


New extra teachers' resource now available from Damaris on Life of Pi.

Reflection by D L Mayfield on Beasts of the Southern Wild: Hushpuppy, Stereotypes, and the Kingdom of God. (The film has just been released to DVD internationally.)

Watch Paperman - Disney's beautiful new free short animation. It illustrates why animation is such a wonderful medium for effective communiciation.

Les Miserables remains an incredible redemptive starting point for face-to-face or online conversations.


Designing Teen-Targeted Websites - very significant usability study with some surprising conclusions, from Jakob Nielsen.


New smartphone app from the Greater Europe Mission is called C2C (Creation to Christ). It is a series of graphic pictures that enable the user to talk through an overview of the Bible narrative with someone one-to-one (smartphone) or a small group (with a tablet).


Live in or near Nigeria? Check out the new Internet Mission Conference 13-15 April in Lokoja.

There will be a Global Media Network Track at the Chiang Mai Call2All conference in May.

ICCM (Internet Conference on Computing and Mission) Australia 2013 October 21-24. (ICCM holds three annual conferences - in USA, Europe and Australia.)


How to pick a good web address for your church (or any) website.

Some good WordPress themes to use for a church site.

12 ideas to promote Easter church services.

Free Valentines postcards, bulletin inserts, outreach materials.


21st April is Internet Evangelism Day - a great opportunity to share the growing opportunities with your church or group. Please add our short announcement to your church newsletter, announcement sheet, website, or indeed to any newsletter or website.


Brilliant ad campaign in the Times of India about valuing women, following recent appalling tragedies.

The Kumbh Mela in India is always the largest gathering of humans in one place for one event.


- no-techies look away now

Silence app for Android automatically hushes your phone for specificed time blocks.

This looks like useful free software: Ondesoft Audio Recorder.

10 Chrome tricks to improve your browsing experience.

CSS3 to make perfect full-page background image.

How-To Geek explains a range of options to send encrypted email and secure messages.

Want to get your video seen on any screen? Amazon's new Elastic Transcoder service may help.

Best free ways to send encrypted email and secure messages.

Mac/Windows tip: send PDFs and other documents to your Kindle reader.

Turn any browser window into a quick-edit notepad.


Window washing at a children's hospital.

In the wake of Europe's 'horsemeat in beef products' scandal, the following product label is humorously suggested to get round the problem: 'Large land-mammal burgers'.

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