old notes from April 2010

WordPress Global Variable List and their usage | Web Designing, Development & SEO


  • “<?php the_title(); ?> : Returns Title of a specic post or page”
    “<?php the_permalink() ?> : Returns Url of a specic post or page”
    “<?php the_category(’, ‘) ?> : Returns Category of a specic post or page”
    “<?php the_author(); ?> : Returns Author of a specic post or page”
    “<?php the_ID(); ?> : Returns ID of a specic post or page”

Inside Beat – A Faith of Our Own | A


  • What separates the Korean-American churches today from traditional American churches? The second-generation of any culture is usually known as a transitive generation, acclimatizing more and more to the culture of their new country. However, Korean-American churches stand as a strong example of people taking their roots and blazing an entirely new path that is a unique mix of background, identity and newfound culture.
    The book A Faith of our Own: Second Generation Spirituality in Korean-American Churches, by Sharon Kim, takes an in-depth look into the grassroots creation and shaping of the Korean-American churches by second-generation Korean-Americans.
    Kim first launches into a discussion of the tension between first and second generations and how it helped shape the churches into what they are today. According to the author, a factor in the establishment of so many churches across the United States is due to splits of the original Korean churches established by first-generation Koreans. This is mainly because of differences in ideologies between the generations, such as focusing on socioeconomics versus spirituality. Following this, she discusses the search for comfort and community. For many Korean-Americans, Kim found that Korean-American churches provided the sense of community that they were looking for. Many Korean church members discovered that attending a Korean church helped to create a common bond of culture and solidify many meaningful friendships.
    In subsequent chapters, Kim proceeds to examine the creation of Korean-American churches as we know them today, distinctively shaped by the second-generation. She talks about the effort to reach out by many church members in their multicultural communities in order to fully follow through on Christian ideals and principles.
    In the end, Kim is able to draw the conclusion that faith is not limited to a black and white spectrum, but rather can be created into hybrids that link a community together. Overall, A Faith of Our Own is a pleasant, informative read and provides all the pieces to understanding the creation of the modern Korean American church.

Amazon.com: High-Tech Worship?: Using Presentational Technologies Wisely (9780801064807): Quentin Schultze: Books


  • Increasing numbers of churches today use high-tech tools such as videos and PowerPoint presentations in their worship services. But without wisdom, those tools can turn their services more into entertainment than worship. How can churches use technology to communicate meaning instead of seducing people with special effects? How can technology be adopted to help people connect with God and each other to foster authentic worship? High-Tech Worship? takes a careful look at these issues, giving readers practical guidance on how they can best use the gift of technology in their churches. Both clergy and lay leaders will benefit from its creative suggestions as they seek to integrate technology wisely into their worship services. Written by nationally known communications expert Quentin J. Schultze, High-Tech Worship? addresses an important yet often overlooked issue that affects the quality of worship in every church.

Amazon.com: Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age (9780801023224): Quentin J. Schultze: Books


  • In a study that is long overdue, renowned media studies expert Schultze (Internet for Christians) provides a clear-eyed critique of the perils of being seduced by the flash and glitter of information technology. No Luddite himself, Schultze does not advocate the eradication of the Internet or other such technological services. Rather, he argues, we must focus as much on the quality of our character as we do on technological innovation. He contends that our society is governed by infomationism, a quasi-religious faith in the power of information to improve our lives. Our infomationist society, however, values short-term technological goals over long-term humanistic ones, uses people instrumentally and devalues religious teachings on morality, community and humility that, in Schultze’s eyes, foster virtuous living. He argues that we need to restore a society where meaning is more than measurement, intimacy is valued over observation and deep moral wisdom is esteemed above superficial knowledge. He proposes six habits of the heart discernment, moderation, wisdom, humility, authenticity and diversity and contends that these habits require organic community life rather than the virtual community of the Internet. For many, Schultze will seem like a voice crying in the wilderness, for by now it is clear that information technology has far outdistanced our moral sensibilities about it. Yet, despite its sermonic structure (three main points and a conclusion) and its didactic tone, Schultze’s book offers a clarion call to create an authentic moral discourse about technology.



  • Communicast.tv,  is an effort to start helping the church and church organizations do video conversations over the Web.

Ubuntu Linux install or add php gd support to Apache


  • PHP includes a large number of free and open source libraries with the core build. PHP is a fundamentally Internet-aware system with modules built in for accessing FTP servers, many database servers, embedded SQL libraries such as embedded MySQL and SQLite, LDAP servers, and others. Many functions familiar to C programmers such as those in the stdio family are available in the standard PHP build.

    The GD Graphics Library for dynamically manipulating images. You will need to compile PHP with the GD library of image functions for this to work.

    However Ubuntu (and Debian) comes with package called php5-gd

    Just type following command to install this module:
    # apt-get install php5-gd

Quick Linux Server w/ Apache+PHP+MySQL+MailServer+PhpMyAdmin+Webmin+FTP Server+Webalizer+Firewall


  • Enabling GD Library with PHP

    If you want to use CAPTCHA or for dynamic image generation with php scripts for image verification to stop SPAM or automated robots, then it is absolutely necessary to get php gd library installed with php. Here is the command

    apt-get install php5-gd

    Thats it!! Point your browser to http://domain/test.php and the php configuration settings will show GD library will be enabled for PNG, GIF, JPG etc.

WordPress › Support » Thumbnails not Generated on Ubuntu Server


  • Make sure GD is installed. From a command line:

    sudo apt-get install php5-gd

WordPress › Support » thumbnails not generating upon new image upload


  • Problem solved. Apparently I inadvertently removed the the Ubuntu package php5-gd, thus the commands:
    • sudo apt-get install php5-gd
    • sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

WordPress › Support » Trouble re-sizing images


  • Well, thanks to the help of my dad, we got this problem figured out:

    In the php.ini file we had to uncomment the extension=php_gd2.dll. (Did I miss this in a tutorial somewhere?)

Clif Guy all the time » Reaction to Shane Hipps


  • I have two reactions to the Shane Hipps video.  The first regards his definition of “Christian community.”  The second regards his comments about the incarnation.

    Hipps starts by saying, “We’ve radically altered the definition of [community].”  This premise suggests that at some time in the past Christians have shared an understanding of community that is radically at odds with what happens when people interact online.  It would be helpful to know the source and content of that prior definition, if in fact such a definition has ever existed, in order evaluate the validity of this premise.

    Hipps then goes on to give his own definition.  He says, “A meaningful, missional, Christian community should have several ingredients:  1) shared history; 2) permanence; 3) proximity; and 4) a shared imagination of the future.”

    Communities can have any or all of the characteristics Hipps mentioned, no argument there, but Hipps is saying a “Christian community” (or more precisely “a meaningful, missional, Christian community”) by definition should have all four of these.  It’s not clear to me that this definition of community is sound, from either a sociological or a theological point of view.

    I’m not a sociologist, but I believe a good sociological definition of “community” is a group of people who interact with each other and share one or more things in common such as interests, goals, intentions, worldview, needs, practices, proximity, emotional connection, resources, or identity.  I believe a sociologist would say any one of these or other traits could be the basis of a community as the term is commonly used.

Clif Guy all the time » Internet Campus Project Team homework #1


Churches & Christian Social Networking Study – Church Technology Review


  • In January 2009, Unconventional Method began to design research to explore what churches are doing effectively online in this area and help shape the understanding of how churches can use the internet to gather, disciple and build community. From January 27 through February, almost 1,000 people participated in an exploratory survey examining what churches are doing with social and community networks.

Chris Baggott’s Guide to Blogging – To Understand Social Media Marketing You Need To Understand The Dunbar Circle


  • Dunbar Circles and Social Media Marketing
    Dunbar Circle (wikipedia)

    These circles represents circles of intimacy and is taken from the book Evolutionary Psychology by Robin Dunbar, Lousie Barrett and John Lycett. It’s called the social whirl. The number in each circle is the approximate number of people within that part of your social network. In the middle is you, followed by your family and very close friends (about 5 people). The next circle is your sympathy group, 12-15 people with whom you have a closer relationship.
    The number 150 is often mentioned as Dunbar Number
    Dunbar’s number, which is 150, represents a theoretical maximum number of individuals with whom a set of people can maintain a social relationship, the kind of relationship that goes with knowing who each person is and how each person relates socially to every other person

Worship & Technology – Kim Gentes – worship leader and writer


  • What we did here is create some resources to help put technology into a functional perspective for church pastors, worship leaders and just anyone who wants to know. Below you will find some contributions that might give you a jump start on grasping technology as it relates to the church and worship.
    1. How To Use Technology To Aid You as a Worship Leader.  This is an article we wrote for InsideWorship, a national magazine for worship practicioners put out by the folks at Vineyard Music.
    2. How to Make the Right Technology Product Decisions for Your Worship Ministry and Evaluate What You Need and Don’t Need. Ok, it’s a long title, but at least you know what its about.  This is copy of a training session I did for the 2007 National Worship Teleseminar, which has both an audio podcast and downloadable notes component, whichever (or both) you prefer.
    3. Worship Technology Roundup. A little guide for those who want an updated directory of web resources about everything tech! What is a good site for audio training? What is a good resource for video presentation?  What is a good site for quality digital images? Where can I get a computer device that will convert all those old cassettes (with our pastor’s messages archived on them) to mp3 files?  Where is a listing of good web services available to churches and ministries? All those questions and more are answered in the worship tech roundup!
  • Worship Tech Web Tools Blog. A regular blog where I post the latest cool stuff I find on the web that relates to worship, music or church!

RyanBolger.com » Facebook as the new “Third Place”?


  • As danah boyd (intentionally lowercase) has said, “networked publics” differ from physical communities in at least four ways:  persistence, searchability, replicability, and invisible audiences. Persistence – people have access to you 24/7. Searchability — people can find you and what you are up to. Replicability – what you write/say/photograph/video can be copied again and again. Invisible Audiences — you have no sense of who is staring at you – who is reading your wall – is it your friend, boss, or grandma?

    Clearly, these four aspects of online social networking offer a different understanding of community than Oldenburg — they limit some aspects and augment others. Could it be that we are seeing not a poorer sense of community, just a different kind of community emerging?

RyanBolger.com » How The iPad Will Impact The Church


  • I believe the greatest impact the iPad (1.0) will have on church practice is in the role the Bible plays in the church community. For many Christians, bringing their Bible to a church service and following along with the preacher is a staple of church practice. A few have replaced this practice with following along on a mobile device with Bible software. However, these mobile devices do not have the screen size to sustain long term reading. It is still much easier to read a physical Bible. On the other end of the spectrum, bringing a laptop to church is a bit distracting to others in the pews! Here is where the iPad may have its greatest impact for Christian gatherings: Christians bring their iPad to church meetings where it serves as their Bible reader.
  • Down the road, congregants will bring their Bibles, chock-full of resources, notes, and conversations, to the church service or Bible study for further exploration, all on a unit that is one half-inch thick and weighing 1 1/2 pounds. They will also take notes on the sermon with the unit as well. Many see the main significance of the iPad as an e-reader; at this point in its evolution I would agree, and in looking at church practice, it is the public reading of the Bible where the iPad will have its greatest impact.

    In the longer term, I would see the iPad’s impact on churches will result in greater participation by congregants in the church services themselves. This greater level of participation is related to the large scale movement in the culture towards the creation and sharing of Web 2.0 media.

International Society for Women in Apologetics: Member Bios


  • Letitia Wong
    St. Louis, Missouri

    Letitia received her BS in Health Sciences with a Minor in Religious Studies from Purdue University in 1997. She went on to complete her Medical Technology certification at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She has had over 15 years of ministry experience including serving as student Evangelism Coordinator for Purdue University’s undergraduate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and as ministry coordinator and teacher at Arizona State University’s chapter of Campus Ambassadors. In 2009, she attended CrossExamined Instructor Academy at Southern Evangelical Seminary in preparation for public speaking in apologetics. Since 2003, she has attended The Journey Church in St. Louis, MO.

Are you ALWAYS ON your job? | Daily Generous Husband Tips


  • study by InterCall reports that 48% of American workers “who use technology in their everyday jobs say that they are now required to do more work with fewer resources due to the current economic climate.” What’s more, 30% “feel that they need to stay connected to work 24/7, even during weekends, breaks or holidays.”

    Technology is a double-edged sword; being able to be “on call” and ready to work 24/7 is great for productivity, but it can be hard on individuals and very hard on marriages/families.

The Executive Pastor’s Guide to Social Media – Part 6 – Momentum | ChurchCrunch


  • Here are some ideas that you may consider in terms of building out a sustainable plan and model:
    • Make your ministry and social media more “human.” Sure, you’re an institution, but that’s not what people connect to. Make sure your model of engagement enables your staff, congregation, and everyone else to relate to people.
    • Keep the bar of adoption extremely low. Read this article for more details. Make sure that your staff can easily sign up and start using it. Make sure that the visitors engaging with it can as well.
    • Develop a culture of “openness“. See some of the other posts in the Executive Pastor’s Guide Series for more thoughts on this. Create a culture and framework that makes people want to share, want to invest in the platform, and want to invest in the experience.

Top 10 Viral Videos – March 2010


  • The top 10 picks for February, with links to view on YouTube:

    1. BMW S1000RR – Dinner Table, agency: n/a
    2. Pedigree – Dogs, agency: TBWA
    3. Pepsi Max – ‘Oh Africa,’ agency: n/a
    4. Nike – The Human Chain, agency: Wieden & Kennedy
    5. Adidas Originals – Street Corner, agency: Sid Lee
    6. Tropicana – Arctic Sun, agency: BBDO
    7. Sprite – Spark, agency: Bartle Bogle Hegarty
    8. Sony Playstation – Move, agency: Deutsch
    9. Specsavers – ‘The Specs Effect,’ agency: Specsavers Creative
    10. Natural Gas Belgium – Soft Heat, agency: TBWA

Top Three Viral Internet Videos – Internet Videos You Must See – Associated Content – associatedcontent.com


  • Anyone with a camera and an emotion-evoking clip could suddenly get famous, just like that. Then came the upstart random hit videos, overnight sensations that grab our attention and become auditory and visual hits. You had to see it; everyone else was watching, and this wasn’t just some jackass falling off a trampoline — this was a real hit.

    Passed along via email, shared via links on social networking sites, spread by word-of-mouth, IM, texts, and so on, and suddenly, you’ve got an Internet sensation.

    The stars of the videos make us laugh, make us cry, and sometimes they make a mockery of someone — including themselves. Often, these popular videos inspire spoofs which are just as viral (and often just as entertaining) as the original.

AFP: Chinese tycoon gives his fortune to charity


  • Chinese tycoon gives his fortune to charity

    (AFP) – 4 days ago

    SHANGHAI — A Chinese tycoon announced Thursday he was donating his fortune to charity in a gesture that has cemented the real estate magnate and hotelier’s position as China’s top philanthropist.

    Yu Pengnian, 88, told a news conference he was donating 470 million dollars in cash and property assets to the Yu Pengnian Foundation, bringing the total he had given to the Hong Kong-registered charity to 1.2 billion dollars.

    “This will be my last donation. I have nothing more to give away,” he said.

    “It will all be for charity, no part of it will be inherited by anyone, no part will be used to do business nor for investments,” he told reporters.

    The donation ensured Yu’s position as China’s top philanthropist, said Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Shanghai-based Hurun Report, which tracks China’s wealthy.

    Yu has topped the Hurun Report’s Philanthropy List for five consecutive years.

    His foundation, which supports health and education charities and disaster relief, has funded over 150,000 cataract removal operations across China since it began in 2003.

    “China?s top wealth creators are now making significant donations,” Hoogewerf said.

    “Whilst there still remains public scepticism of some of their motives behind many donations, it is now no longer possible to ignore Chinese philanthropy, which has landed on the world map.”

    Yu said he hoped his move would encourage other Chinese billionaires to do more — adding his fortune paled in comparison to some other magnates in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland.

    “My fortune is just a drop in the bucket compared to them but I have a point of view that is very different from others, I will not leave my fortune to my children,” he said.

Church is Taking it to the Internet, and the Streets : Ft. Hard Knox


  • In advance of Internet Evangelism Day this Sunday, a Baptist group is announcing what it calls the world’s first “blended-model” church.

    City Church, now in beta, officially launches on October 10 in 100 cities across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia — and on the internet at onebigcity.com.

    “There are some outstanding ministries out there doing multi-site ministry and internet campus ministry very well,” said the Rev. Jamie Osborne, senior pastor of City Church. “But I am not sure any single church has ever tried to launch in 100 cities at once.”

    The model, Osborne said, involves a combination of web and face-to-face interaction. “We’ve tried to create the best of both worlds,” he said.

Stewardship as a Christian Worldview – by Keith Miller


  • 2. What is technology? 
        a) Definition: “A distinct human cultural activity in which human beings exercise freedom and responsibility in response to God by forming and transforming the natural creation, with the aid of tools and procedures, for practical ends or purposes.” (from Responsible Technology edited by Stephen Monsma)
            • Technology is the application of our knowledge of creation for the good of humanity.  
        b) Humans given rule (authority) over creation — Psalm 8:3-8;  Genesis 1:28-30.  
            • The use and manipulation of creation associated with technology is within the creation mandate.  
               However, as stewards our technology must be used in a way consistent with God’s purposes and desires.

    3. Questions to ask of technology in a specific situation.  
            Does it empower people or control them? 
            Does it broaden the gap between the poor and rich or narrow it? 
            Does it meet needs or generate wants? 
            Does it value life or demean it? 
            Does it respect people’s dignity as God’s image-bearers? 
            Does it heal or endanger health? 
            What is its potential for evil? 
            Does it appropriately use resources?

    4. Ethical dimensions of technology 
            • Product safety and quality.  
            • Impact of technology on societal values.  
              What do we value, and what goals do we pursue? 
            • Impact of technology on economic and political systems.  
              Control over technology (including development, manufacture, distribution, and application) and control over information determines centers of power.  
            • Rationing of limited resources.  
              Who gets access to resources and who, or what decides? 
            • Conflict between the potential good of different parties, or the balancing of potential for good and evil.  The answers to most ethical dilemmas are not black and white.  
            • Technology involves a multitude of levels and components.  There is usually no clear responsibility for ultimate outcomes.

Saint Joseph Ministries – Worship Arts


    Steve Pozezanac, manager of the Merillat Centre for the Arts, Zurcher Auditorium at Huntington University, is the point person for our Worship Audio, Visual, And Technical Arts crew. There are openings for high school and adult men and women who have an interest in audio – visuals as a ministry to our congregation and a way of serving God.
    We always need camera operators, audio soundboard operators, computer and video-playback operators, and light board operators. If you want to learn how to operate the audio-visual equipment, we want to talk to you.

Thinking biblically about Technology – Page 2 – The Worship Community Forums


  • Let’s talk about the moving lights for a second. I think the obvious answer the question Blindeyes posted, “if it distracts even one person’s attention away from the focus of Christ and His principles, should we employ it?”, is a resounding NO. Back to the Basic thought process for a second, technology exists to help ENHANCE the worship environment, not ruin it. In the case of the poorly-used moving lights, I think that example (and many similar examples in churches around America) is a result of poor training, poor vision-casting for the Ministry, and poor definition of the role of the lighting tech. At Canyon Ridge, I developed a “Mission Statement” and Motto for the Production Department. The Statement reads “The Production Department exists at Canyon Ridge for one purpose: To enhance the worship experience by providing seamless technical services; and by using Audio, Video, and Lighting to create an environment where people can connect to God.” Our Motto is simple here: “Transparency is Success”. Neither one of those are overly-biblical, and I can’t even admit that there is a scripture reference to back them up….but they still provide a standard, or structure to guide everything we do. Those same lights in the same room in the same service, could have been used twice as effectively, if there was a zero-distraction tolerance, and the lighting tech had some training…..not a Master’s in theology…..just some training.

Renewal – waiting and serving « Canaan English Ministry


  • Knowing this will help us avoid blaming external situations when we feel that we are not growing spiritually. One of the reasons many Asian Americans leave “ethnic” churches is because they do not feel “fed,” yet are obliged to serve children and youth. I’m sure there are many good reasons to leave an immigrant Asian American church. But blaming a church for not feeding him or her adequately is not a good one. We only grow spiritually when we allow Jesus to meet and confront us, not when a church offers great bible studies or inspiring messages (this doesn’t mean that a church should not try to offer solid spiritual nourishment). But it is far better to be honest about our motives and attitudes than to blame others (e.g., I’m looking for a spouse or a good youth program for my kids; I believe Asian American churches are inferior to multi-ethnic or mega-churches). When we allow the Lord to question our inner motives and attitudes (“do you love me more than these?”) – and when we respond honestly – real spiritual growth can occur.

Seeking Wholeness « first day walking


  • In terms of faith, though I am hopeful that this concept and lived experience can potentially speak to a fruitful theology as a way to experience redemption as “already-not yet” in palpable ways. I think that the very existence of hapas, who have the option to very physically, but also culturally, emotionally, spiritually, live in various worlds will perhaps be a metaphor and sign for for us of how to express God’s kingdom in terms of reconciliation. I also love how the hapa suggests ambiguity…I appreciate the gray, the in-between, the third space. It is a creative space, particularly when it comes to identity and faith formation. It’s a space where anyone can inhabit honestly, because it seems that more and more folks are able to trace their ancestry to many cultures. But I can’t discount the difficulties associated with not fitting in clearly anywhere…though I dream that soon no one will truly “fit in” someday, and in that not-fitting-in everyone will really fit in?





    A few years ago I considered adding a lecture on the telephone onto a module on media history. I’d already covered the electric telegraph a few weeks earlier and thought the telephone would represent a good extension of that topic. The problem was I couldn’t find any books in media studies on the telephone. In fact media studies seemed to have almost no interest in the telephone. There was a growing literature on mobile phones but most of the history of the telephone had been ignored. Thinking about it the reasons seemed to be: (1) It was a technology and media studies doesn’t like technologies. (2) There was no public content to analyse: telephone conversations were private and not available to study. (3) The telephone wasn’t a mass medium.

ChurchTechToday.com » LifeWay Launches Digital Church Initiative


  • It’s all part of the digital church, where multimedia and social networking are as common as hymnals and printed bulletins. And LifeWay Christian Resources is making it easier for church decision makers to access and download a wide range of resources through the new web portal, http://LifeWay.com/digitalchurch.

Faith by Default | inheritancemag.com


  • The Asian American Dream, is a dream of stability and security. Moving to Kansas City is not a part of that dream, and it has not been an easy dream to walk away from. The Asian American Dream impresses on us the absolute importance of security and stability and the need to spend ourselves to achieve those goals. Many of us are students of this dream. We don’t even know it’s there sometimes, but it pervades everything we do, influences our every decision … stability and security.

    This dream has been knit into the very fabric of Asian American society. Our parents have lived it, our culture upholds it, and our friends compete for it. Stability and security drive us to study harder, volunteer more, get better tutors so that we can attend better universities; Ivy League, Stanford, UC (University of California), something prestigious and well known.

Tim Keller Interview « mgpcpastor’s blog


  • In a small town your pastoring sets up your preaching, whereas in a big town your preaching sets up your pastoring. In a big town, because they like the way you preach, they will then trust you to come and share their troubles with you. In a small town they can tell the difference between loud and soft preaching but that is about it.

Why State Why? Top 10 Reasons to Articulate Values – Will Mancini


  • Why should you state what you value?
    1. Enable your ministry to do more of what it does best
    2. Define the basis of good decision-making in order to release leaders
    3. Free your church to say no to things other churches do
    4. Connect people emotionally to the stuff that never changes
    5. Facilitate change easier because the core ideals are clear
    6. Attract more people (staff, leaders, members) who share your motives
    7. Filter out people who don’t share your values (blessed subtraction) 
    8. Demonstrate God-honoring unity AND collective personality
    9. Increase trust by making what’s most important more concrete
    10. Create enthusiasm because everyone knows “why we are going to win”

About Exploring web 2.0: Second Generation Interactive Tools. by Ann Bell-fReado


  • Exploring Web 2.0: Second Generation Interactive Tools – Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, Networking, Virtual Worlds, and More is designed to help the casual computer user, students, parents, and teachers understand the latest in free and inexpensive web tools and their power for research, collaboration, and communication. It provides the history, background, and current overview of Web 2.0, RSS feeds, metadata, tags, tag clouds, and folksonomy to demystify the current jargon connected with this latest web phenomenon. Web 2.0 tools covered include: 1. Social bookmarking 2. Photo-sharing 3. Blogs 4. Podcasts 5. Vodcasts/Screencasts 6. Wikis 7. Mashups 8. Virtual Offices 9. E-Learning Course Management 10. Social/Professional Networking 11. Virtual Worlds 12. Online Communications

Why Don’t I Have Issues With Privacy? « Sparks And Butterflies


  • So why don’t I have privacy issues? (1) Maybe it’s because I’m on the unpublished side of PUBLICATION. It’s like there’s the PUBLICATION fence. One side is Published. The other is Unpublished. Maybe if I were published and had a wider readership, then I’d care more about privacy. Further, since I’m not published, I’m still getting to know the business and those within it. Social Media is a wonderful way to do that. But, I really don’t think being published will change my non-issue. (I can only hope that someday I’ll find out.) I think it’s just my nature to be open and have that “whatever” attitude. (2) Maybe my lack of issues are because I just like attention. And people. People really fascinate me. Probably this is why I like to write, you know, about people. I like conversation about what’s on TV, I like seeing family photos, and I don’t mind silencing the yappers who are all Jesus-y and political. That’s everywhere, and worse when it’s in person. I LOVE being able to turn people off of my screen.

Meet Your Neighbors Without Seeming like a Crazy Person – The Neighborhoods Issue – GOOD


  • Hang out in your neighborhood, and shop locally 
    Ride your bike in the neighborhood, or take an evening stroll around the block. Patronize local businesses, and if there’s a nearby coffee shop with a bulletin board, use it—not to make friends, but to find resources nearby for things you need (and meet people while you’re at it).
    Get involved with your neighborhood in a formalized way 
    Volunteer locally, join your neighborhood or block association, organize a clean-up day for a litter-strewn area, or even run for local political office. It’s the gold-star option.

Frugal Meeting Planner’s Guide to Saving Money « Meeting Planner Resources


  • AV is more and more necessary in today’s meeting environment. AV has come to be in the double digits of my budget. Know that this too is negotiable and event planners can use outside companies to supply the AV, not just the in-house provider! Know the choices and options to negotiate!

SOCIAL MEDIA – a Mission Critical Tool for the promotion of Events | FACTOR168


  • n terms of the design and production of events – both public and private, it has become a mission critical tool in terms of building interest and anticipation as well as leveraging on branded communities.

    So with that in mind and having worked up endless social media campaigns for our clients, we have set forth our talented techno elves to work up our own dedicated social media page.

Hybrid Meeting Webinar | Meetings Podcast


  • Hybrid Meetings are a combination of a live event and a virtual event online and combine them to produce a hybrid meeting. The attendees sitting in the “real life” meeting room and the participants at their computers are at the same event. They may both participate together and with the live presenters.

Cisco’s one of a kind annual conference: Case study: Creating a 100 percent virtual event | Plan Your Meetings: Helping You Plan Better Meetings and Events


  • The conference featured 88 hours of consecutive sessions over four days, running multiple times across 24 time zones. The 20,000 employee/participants were located in 104 locations at 600 Cisco sites, in 620 conference rooms. Fifty-eight keynote addresses were given by CEO John T. Chambers and other key sales executives via Cisco IPTV, a private, Web-based broadcasting network. In addition, there were 10 breakout sessions featuring WebEx-enabled sessions and pre-recorded video with interactive chat sessions. There were also 124 executive chat sessions between Cisco executives and attendees.

Why conference Wi-Fi sucks and how to improve it | MuniWireless


  • This can vary greatly from $2000 a day for a small event (up to 300 people) and no redundancy; to $100,000 and more per day for larger events (up to 30,000 people) that could take over a conference hall like Moscone Center in San Francisco, and a serious build out that would address multiple failure points.

Day 1 at T4G « Transformed by Grace


  • I went to the Pre-Conference which was on Asian-Americans building healthy churches. Dr. Jue whose a Professor at Westminister Theological Seminary in Phily gave the talk on the unadjusted Gospel in the Asian-American Church. His main point was that the Gospel must have a central focus. He discussed the different ways Asian-Americans are marginalized in America and in the broader culture.  His talk was very informative and the panel discussion also. I learned today that there are still a lot of racial issues in this country a topic I’m not honestly that familiar with even though I grew up in a multi-cultural, multi-ethic  city in Seattle. The part that stood out for me on his talk was the influence of Confucianism  which leads preachers to preach a false gospel of moralism. The rest of the talk was very helpful and eye opening.

Campus Facebook Strategy – LifeChurch.tv : swerve


  • campus-specific content to Facebook. As Facebook has grown (currently over 400 million active users), it’s become a place where more and more people are connecting with each other in a meaningful way—keeping up with friends, uploading photos, sharing links and videos, and learning more about the people they meet.

    We’re just starting to roll out custom Facebook pages for our campuses. Here’s a look at the page for our Oklahoma City campus, and some of our reasons behind this transition:

    • Instead of forcing people to come to us (our site), Facebook allows us to go where they’re already active online. Instead of trying to be a separate destination, we get to integrate with their lives.

Management & Leadership in a Multi-Site Church :: Equip Them


  • One of the interesting dynamics of being multi-site is how to manage 5 different campuses but yet retain the oneness and unity of the church, staff, and its congregation. I have seen some multi-site churches manage each location as its own free standing self governing church. Decision making, programming, infrastructure, etc are all localized to that specific location. I call this the localized model. I have seen other churches that govern all of its campuses, programming, etc. from a central campus. I call this model the centralized model. Then there is everything in between.

Forceful Living » INTERNET CAMPUS


  • we are launching new strategies that, we feel, will create a greater influence in our region. And one of those strategies will be our Internet Campus. Many have visited and become members of our church because of our website and we also have several that travel and are gone several months out of the year.

About SocialGO | SocialGO Blog


  • SocialGO is a service that allows anyone to create a professional-grade social network for their group, business or interest. Each social network created on the platform is independent and can be completely customized from it’s look and feel through to its privacy options, features and permissions.

    Businesses, entrepreneurs and groups are using SocialGO to build meaningful relationships with their customers, build communities around their brand or build a strong communication channel to their members. SocialGO’s unrivalled monetization features are allowing thousands of our members to build direct revenue streams from our network.

    SocialGO is focused on offering a premium service and offers free export of data at any time, unrivalled support and a localised hosting infrastructure giving you a solid foundation to build your social network on. We have servers throughout the UK and the US and have an on-call team monitoring and responding to network issues should they arise. We also operate multi-site backups to ensure that your data is never lost.

How to Save Attendees from Networking Hell « Interactive Meeting Technology


  • The post 20 Reasons Delegates Attend Conferences uncovered several “specific” attendee networking objectives. In many cases, I think these objectives are unstated by most people – but they are there. By recognizing these objectives and creating activities to support them – you can help your attendees do a better job of networking.

    Here are some examples of different networking objectives:

    • Meet Like Minded People
    • Discuss Topics of Interest
    • Connect with Old Friends
    • Meet New People
    • Discuss Best Practices
    • Find New Business Partners

Social Media – A New Paradigm for Meetings – Corbin Ball Associates


  • Social media are changing meetings marketing and management with numerous benefits for meeting planners, exhibitors and attendees. It is an imprecise term, however, covering a wide range of technologies that are part of a sweeping societal and business change.

    This article will cover many of the key components of social media with an emphasis on their impact to meetings and events. The heart of social media revolves around “you” – user generated content is transforming the web from static web pages to the participatory web.

Event Experience: Increasing Attendee ROI with Social Design – BizTimes


  • Social networks provide the tools for conference attendees to “socialize” before, during and after the event. However, these networks require a marketing strategy to educate attendees on the features and benefits of each tool. Encourage attendees within the social platform to blog, tweet, geo-tag and post photos, videos or comments to discussion boards/forums. This official “social media team” can receive conference perks/incentives as a bonus during the event while demonstrating the use of the tools. With a conversation already started, attendees won’t be intimidated to share their comments and experiences.

Gender and Generation in The Chinese American Church


  • Abstract:

    A common-sense and scholarly expectation is that immigrants from underdeveloped societies are more conservative in regard to gender equality whereas the more Americanized people, especially the American-born generation, are more egalitarian. However, I find that at many Chinese American Christian churches it was often the more Americanized young people who took a fundamentalist position against women’s leadership roles at the church. Why is the younger generation more conservative on this issue? Where does their fundamentalist standpoint on women come from? Why their arguments seem to be so powerful and persuasive to the congregation? In this paper I argue that (1) the major source of the conservative standpoint against women’s leadership roles at the church is the fundamentalist subculture of the United States, not the Christian subculture of China, nor the Chinese traditional culture of Confucian patriarchy; and (2) women’s leadership is a victim of power struggles between the immigrants and the second generation at the immigrant church: the American-born or American-raised young people who desire recognition and influence use the biblical authority to subdue the traditional authority of the seniors.

Acts 29 Network: Seattle, WA >


  • 1. Talk daily about “The Nothings”

    You know the drill. You come home for the night and your wife asks, “So what did you do today?” “Nothing.” It’s the response we learned to say to our mom in Jr. High and we still use it with our wives. But your day wasn’t filled with “nothing,” your day was filled with something! Talk about it.

Social Media Speaker | Janet Fouts


  • Janet Fouts uses plain English to explain social media marketing, networking and online relationship building. Her speaking style is open and honest, humorous and information rich. She customizes each presentation to the audience and their needs and can speak on a variety of topics including:
    • Social Media and how it can create new relationships with people you didn’t even know you needed to know. How do you connect with people efficiently and effectively through social media channels? How do you find them? How do you encourage them to communicate with you?
    • Boardroom talks. Having trouble explaining to the CXO’s why you need to be participating in social media? Janet can come in with solid case studies, best practices and metrics to show the value, explain how to be effective without using up all your resources, and how to measure return.
    • Social Media monitoring How to listen to your market and your competitors to deliver an even better brand, product or service.What tools can you put into place to help you hear conversations both negative and positive and turn them into something valuable to all concerned?
    • Do I really HAVE to have a blog, a Twitter account, a Facebook page and YouTube channel to succeed? The quick answer is no. Let Janet explain how to find where to participate and give you some tips to succeed. How do you evaluate the existing and constantly changing tools available and find the right ones to reach your goals?

About the Social Media Coaching Center — Social Media Coaching Center


  • Social media strategy is just one component of a marketing plan. You’ve got to implement it too, and that’s where it can get ugly. As social media coaches and consultants we love to learn new tricks, find new networks and applications to solve the issues our clients face or just to make their lives a little easier. We do this for work, but we do it for fun too. Finding a better, cooler, faster way of doing things get’s sort of competitive in our business!

Social Media Consulting (Diane Danielson, Social Media Strategist)


  • Social Media Jump Start Services for individuals, small businesses, non-profits and politicians who want to get starting on a 30-day social media plan including website audit, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter recommendations.

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  • Social Media Coaching Package ($1,200):
    • Social Media Consultation and Business Plan: We look at your current forms of communication and help you zero in on the best ways to build on them using Social Media. We present you with a scalable Social Media Business Plan personalized for your company.
    • LinkedIn Set-Up/Coaching: We can set up a profile for you if you aren’t already LinkedIn and teach you how to use this platform to gain customers and network with colleagues, business partners and businesses in general.
    • Twitter Set-Up/Coaching: Learn how to use this remarkable tool to keep in touch and attract new clients, do research on a topic, get help and advice from the online community. Includes a custom Twitter background for your business profile.
    • Facebook Set-Up: We can assist you in setting up your Facebook company page and sending out invites to your business associates and friends. We will also teach you the best usage methods for this site and how to keep people coming back.
    • YouTube and Vimeo (handles HD best) Channel Set-Up: Let us help you set up a video channel for your company where you can push your company videos to the rest of the world and go viral!
    • Personal one-on-one training with someone in your company to learn how to use these tools most effectively.

Kathy Sipple, My Social Media Coach: Social Media Tips and Training for Business


  • My Social Media Coach teaches small businesses and not for profit organizations to use social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and more. Most of these tools are 100% free–except for your time–and we help to show you the best methods for maximizing results with a minimum of time invested.

What’s a Social Media Coach? | Janet Fouts


  • One-on-one and Team Training-I can help you and your team get up to speed on the tools you’re going to be using, tactics for engagement and act as a support team for all those “how to” questions.

    Speaking – I can come in to speak to the team, at conferences or conduct social media training sessions for groups who want to get hands on training.

    Social Media Strategy Development– Develop a strategy for getting your message out with the greatest potential for social media engagement. I do this by looking at your existing content, branding and marketing goals and developing a plan that is a part of your overall marketing and communications strategy.

Charity Navigator – Top Ten Lists


  • Top Ten Lists

    At Charity Navigator, we recognize that charity evaluation may not be the most scintillating of topics for most observers. That said, we are constantly searching for ways to help givers navigate a crowded marketplace, and to make this often-complex subject a tad more interesting. In the following Top 10 Lists, we identify those charities in our database that meet certain desirable or undesirable patterns of performance.

Facebook Group vs Facebook Fan Page: What’s Better? | Search Engine Journal


  • Now let’s go into some details:
    Key Feature Facebook Page Facebook Group
    “Ugly” URLs No Yes
    Hosting a discussion Yes Yes
    Discussion wall, and discussion forum Yes Yes
    Extra applications added Yes No
    Messaging to all members Yes (via updates) Yes (via PMs)
    Visitor statistics Yes (“Page insights”) No
    Video and photo public exchange Yes Yes
    “Related” event creation and invitation Yes No
    Promotion with social ads Yes (never tried it) No

    To conclude:

    • Pages are generally better for a long-term relationships with your fans, readers or customers;
    • Groups are generally better for hosting a (quick) active discussion and attracting quick attention.

The “WiFi At Conferences” Problem – Joel on Software


  • The “WiFi At Conferences” Problem

    by Joel Spolsky
    Thursday, October 08, 2009

    Why does WiFi work so poorly at tech conferences?

    Marcus GriepI assume that WiFi wasn’t really designed to handle a big ballroom with 2000 people, all trying to connect with their laptops and cell phones at the same time. Sometimes I feel like I’m lucky if it works in my apartment. So I never thought it was even possible to get it to work at a large, technically-savvy conference.

Tweeting the Good News on Easter : Ft. Hard Knox


  • Saddleback Church member, Kelly Strodl, attended Sunday’s service along with more than 40,000 people, but it was those outside the stadium and across the globe that she thought about often during Warren’s message. Strodl, 29, tweeted from her iPhone: “Your plans have not worked perfectly… Where do you get hope from that? From the story of the resurrection – @RickWarren #Easter30.”

Texas church gives away millions of dollars in prizes on Easter weekend


  • Bay Area church is giving away cars, including BMWs and Audis, flat screen TVs, guitars and more. as prizes to some luck church attenders this weekend. Pastor Bill Cornelius stated that everyone who comes to church this weekend will walk away with some kind of prize. Everyone will get a gift bag filled with hundreds of dollars worth of coupons.

The 15 Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors


according to International Ice Cream Association

  • THE 15 MOST POPULAR ICE CREAM FLAVORS(Flavor, percent preferring)

    1. Vanilla, 29%

    2. Chocolate, 8.9%

    3. Butter pecan, 5.3%

    4. Strawberry, 5.3%

    5. Neapolitan, 4.2%

    6. Chocolate chip, 3.9%

    7. French vanilla, 3.8%

    8. Cookies and cream, 3.6%

    9. Vanilla fudge ripple, 2.6%

    10. Praline pecan, 1.7%

    11. Cherry, 1.6%

    12. Chocolate almond, 1.6%

    13. Coffee, 1.6%

    14. Rocky road, 1.5%

    15. Chocolate marshmallow, 1.3%

    All others, 23.7%

    Source: International Ice Cream Association

Ice Cream: New flavors, new trends and the truth about the “ice cream headache”


  • THE 10 MOST POPULAR ICE CREAM FLAVORS (as reported by the International Ice Cream Association)

    (Flavor, percent preferring)

    1. Vanilla, 29%
    2. Chocolate, 8.9%
    3. Butter pecan, 5.3%
    4. Strawberry, 5.3%
    5. Neapolitan, 4.2%
    6. Chocolate chip, 3.9%
    7. French vanilla, 3.8%
    8. Cookies and cream, 3.6%
    9. Vanilla fudge ripple, 2.6%
    10. Praline pecan, 1.7%


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