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W-E-B Issue 231 ~ October (i) 2013
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
C O N T E N T S
Animation for India | Can't escape the blink test | Apologetics | Effective communication | Social networking | World we live in | Tech tips | Tailend fun

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"When people know how much you care, they'll listen to what you have to say" - Christine Caine


NEW CONTEXTUALIZED EVANGELISTIC ANIMATION FOR INDIA

The YWAM School of Animation and Cartooning for Missions has just released a culturally-appropriate evangelistic animation called Coconuts.. Currently for Rajasthan, other language options (with English subtitles) are planned.

Their team also produces films for Asia. Next Animation School will be in Taiwan, March 2014.

YOU CANNOT ESCAPE THE BLINK TEST

Human brains are wired up a certain way. You cannot break human cognition rules and still communicate – this applies in most situations. That the message is 'spiritual', or otherwise beneficial, makes no difference.

Online, everything is subject to the brutal 'blink test' – the lightning fast algorithm our brains apply to a website, email article, video short, or anything else. They assess it instantly, and stay or depart accordingly. Learn how to pass the test.

APOLOGETICS FROM FOCUS TEAM

God: New Evidence apologetics video shorts from Focus are now available in Russian as well as English.

Focus are looking for help in SE Texas. If this is you, check the need.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Digital evangelist Karl Udy says of a new Facebook gaming option (actually a NZ road safety campaign): "This is the sort of innovative engagement we should look to achieve." There are virtually no computer or smartphone games that are truly evangelistic for outsiders and start people thinking.

The various books by journalist and researcher Malcolm Gladwell, are hugely insightful in understanding communication. It is encouraging to know that Gladwell has experienced a return to faith through the writing of his latest book David and Goliath.

How to cultivate new ideas, says Ministry Best Practices.

Online video is best when shorter. Usually.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

6 free tools for creating awesome Pinterest images. See list of churches using Pinterest.

The complete guide to Twitter ettiquette, from Mashable.

The gospel according to Facebook: evangelism in the 21st century?

Edited version of chapter 24 of The Social Media Gospel by Meredith Gould is now online. More about this highly -recommended book.

Check the latest resources from Internet Toolbox for Churches and Church Marketing Sucks. If your church wants to communicate effectively online and offline, these resources are for you. If it doesn't, walk away.

COMMUNICATING WELL

Video sketch illustrates that communication has really changed for ever.

Special characters in email subject lines: good or bad?

The appalling rape stats for India are also reflected in many other countries. Evangelism should surely always include that the good news offers healing from shame and pain?

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

Many cities, even relatively small ones, contain a huge mix of distinct ethnic groups from around the globe. Your nearest large town likely has as many ethnic groups as those shown in this YWAM piechart.

Global Mapping's first missions infographic, on world literacy, is now online. You can subscribe by email to receive future free infographics.

Serving disadvantaged communities: making 'studio' family photos on the street.

New Skype-like audio/visual chat tool Palava.tv operates entirely browser to browser (FF and Chrome currently), from any computer, mobile or tablet. No software/app downloads, no profiles/registration needed. One-to-one or conference call. Amazing.

TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

Google launches Web Designer, a visual tool for building interactive HTML5 sites and ads.

35 online tools for web designers and developers from Hot Scripts blog.

You've updated a page or the main graphic on it, but when you try to post it to Facebook, you see that they cached and displayed the old version or image? You need to use Facebook debugger to force a re-cache, as well as report to you any issues with the page that prevent optimum FB sharing. A very valuable tool.

TAILEND FUN ô¿ô

"What do you get when you combine a joke with a rhetorical question?"

I don't usually buy ornaments, but would probably make an exception for this Venetian glass ornament.

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