notes from June 2010

 

Dan Blank: Publishing, Innovation & the Web » Blog Archive » Having Goals is 90% of Achieving Them

http://danblank.com/blog/2010/06/15/having-goals-is-90-of-achieving-them

  • If you are an editor at a magazine, maybe you want to see your role expand, your brand thrive, your reputation grow. If you are an author, you want to have a hit book, meet other writers around the world, and perhaps live off of your writing. If you are a business, perhaps you want to move your marketing strategy into social media, and want to begin creating interactive media yourself.

    The Magazine Editor

    • The Common Approach: A magazine editor wants their reputation to grow, but is still creating articles as they did a decade ago, and still measuring their effectiveness by a single factor: that it was published.
    • How to Set Goals: Instead, they could be considering how to measure reputation, the business factors that drive their brand’s survival, and what competencies they need to build for their role to expand.
    • Examples of Specific, Measurable Goals: Reputation: within three months, a 20% increase in number of mentions by other media sources and blogs; two additional speaking engagements at industry events; an average of 5 daily ReTweets of their content.

Dan Blank: Publishing, Innovation & the Web » Blog Archive » Media is a Service, Not a Product

http://danblank.com/blog/2010/06/18/media-is-a-service-not-a-product

  • As newspapers, magazines and other forms of media look to the future and consider not just how they can survive, but how they can thrive, they need to consider their role as a service provider. That there are many ways to serve their market:
    • Discerning rare information from commoditized information.
    • Connecting people with ideas that solve critical problems.
    • Pushing people’s careers and businesses forward.
    • Enabling commerce.
    • Making people smile.

    This may or may not involve a printed page. At the very least – it should involve a multifaceted business strategy and a stable of products and services. Few companies can find growth banking on a single product offering – so why do newspapers bank on just the printed page, and perhaps an online facsimile of that page?

    I love seeing how magazine brands diversify, into events, training, education courses, communities, and remixed products and services that LOOK nothing like a magazine, but embrace the mission of SERVING their market.

We Spend Almost Half Our Time Looking at Content Online | P Morgan Brown

http://www.pmorganbrown.com/2010/06/20/we-spend-almost-half-our-time-looking-at-content-online

  • A cool infographic on what we do and how we spend our time online.  If we spend half our time looking at content and only 22% of our time on social networks it seems like as marketers we should be focused more on creating great content and less time trolling socnets for business leads.  IMO.

5 Christian Nonprofit Board Governance Trends « Radical Greatness

http://stevejeantet.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/5-christian-nonprofit-board-governance-trends

  • an article entitled Five Board Governance Trends that looked, as the name suggests, at some trends in Christian nonprofit board governance. Here is their list…
    • Trend 1 – Boards are focusing on God-honoring results
    • Trend 2 – Board are being strategic about strategy
    • Trend 3 – Boards are conducting annual CEO assessments
    • Trend 4 – Boards are evaluating their own governance effectiveness
    • Trend 5 – Prospective board members are becoming more diligent and cautious

    Great list. Each of those could be an in depth discussion of their own. But no line in the article stuck out to me like this paragraph…

    “There is a new breed of board prospects. They often limit board service to just one board at a time. They expect every board member to be a generous donor. They are accepting the fiduciary and spiritual responsibilities of nonprofit ministry board service, but only if the CEO and the other board members are crystal clear about roles and responsibilities. They want the board to have its act together. They expect high integrity – especially for those tough calls, like firing a CEO (emphasis added).

Template Hierarchy « WordPress Codex

http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy

  • Custom Taxonomies display

    1. taxonomy-{taxonomy}-{term}.php – If the taxonomy were sometax, and taxonomy’s slug were someterm WordPress would look for taxonomy-sometax-someterm.php
    2. taxonomy-{taxonomy}.php – If the taxonomy were sometax, WordPress would look for taxonomy-sometax.php
    3. taxonomy.php
    4. archive.php
    5. index.php

WordPress › Support » Can I have url parameter?

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/318302

  • site.com/category/post/?var=whatever
    <?php
    $var = $_GET[var];
    if($var == whatever){
    //do something
    }
    ?>

WordPress: how to get data from taxonomy? | Emmanuel GEORJON

http://www.emmanuelgeorjon.com/en/wordpress-recuperer-les-informations-sur-la-taxonomie-1513

  • For wp_get_object_terms, the syntax is the following:
    wp_get_object_terms( $object_id, $taxonomies, $args = array()))

    With

    • $object_id (int or array), ID or list of ID,
    • $taxonomies (string or array), a taxonomy or a list of taxonomies. Available values depends on the recorded taxonomies. In the standard case, the list is the following:
      • category,
      • link_category
      • post_tag
    • $args (string or array), parameters defining the list we want (fields, order, …). List of possible values:
      • orderby, default value: name, possible values: count, name, slug, term_group, term_order,
      • order, default value: asc,
      • fields, list of fields, default value:all, possible values: all, ids, names, all_with_object_id,

Social media guidelines in your job search and workplace : The Work Buzz

http://www.theworkbuzz.com/employment-trends/social-media-guidelines/?cobrand=msn&siteid=cbmsnhpbuzz&gt1=23000

  • Erin T. Welsh, an associate with the law firm Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, explains why some companies are persnickety about their employees and social media.

    “According to newly revised [Federal Trade Commission] guidelines which took effect Dec. 1, 2009, employers may face liability for comments posted by employees on blogs or social networking websites,” Welsh explains. “If an employee comments about his or her employer’s products or services on such social networking websites and the employment relationship is not disclosed, potential liability may exist for the employer under the FTC guidelines — even if the comments were not sponsored or authorized by the employer.”

    For this reason, Welsh explains, explicit guidelines about social media practices benefit employers. Clear guidelines can prevent negative attention from a wayward comment that calls into question the company’s ethics.

For Better, For Worse: Expectations 2 « Renewing Hearts

http://renewinghearts.org/2010/06/29/for-better-for-worse-expectations-2

  • Men, tell your wives when things are not clear. Ask them to explain their needs and desires in a way that makes sense to you. When they do, thank them and reflect back to them what you hear so that there is no misunderstanding. When it is certain that everything is understood, then find ways to respond behaviorally, so that your wife sees that it is understood and that you care enough to make changes.

    Women, when your husband does not seem to get what you are trying to get across with your subtle hints, then stop what you are doing and do it differently. Help them understand. Be clear, nice, and respectful. Do not make them feel stupid, just because they are men. Women are good at that, right?

     

    • When there is a need or desire, do not try to give hints.
    • When there is a desire, make it clear
    • When a need or desire is clearly stated, respond right away or as soon as possible
    • When there is an expectation, state it and tell why it is expected
    • If the expectation seems unreasonable, state it with clarity and love
    • Hold hands while sharing this information; It is very difficult to yell at someone you are holding hands with

A futurist’s view of the “next big thing” in social media | {grow}

http://businessesgrow.com/2009/12/13/a-futurists-view-of-the-next-big-thing-in-social-media

  • What is a futurist and how do I get a job like that?

    A futurist’s role is to help people anticipate, plan for, and adapt to change. This means tracking emerging trends and seeing how they fit into the big picture and envisioning different scenarios for what might come next. You could call this “developing foresight.”   It’s a skill set that’s in pretty high demand these days.  Things are changing rapidly and everyone is looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve.

Official bbPress WordPress Plugin Surfaces, Speculation Abounds | WordCast – WordPress podcast, Blogging podcast, Blogging news, WordPress plugins, WordPress themes, WordPress news

http://wordcastnet.com/2010/01/18/official-bbpress-plugin-surfaces-speculation-abounds

  • bbPress is standing strong to its’ roots in simplicity, however, and that’s actually won quite a few webmasters over. It’s also become known as one of the easiest ways to integrate a forum with a WordPress site, as its’ close development with the WordPress.org project has made it easy to link the two together. It powers the official WordPress support forums, in addition to various other sites, though it has barely scratched the surface of the number of sites powered by the other “big boys” previously mentioned.

Features « BackPress

http://backpress.org/features

  • Here is a listing of the areas of functionality covered in BackPress:
    • Logging (via bbPress’ logging library) to file/database/other. Supports levels (notice, warn, fatal).
    • User Roles management (generally used for access control to portions of your application).
    • Schema parser (for comparing schema files to current/live databases).
    • User management (including user meta data and DB schema to support it) for managing core user information and arbitrary other user-related data.
    • Database Abstraction (including using multiple database servers, clusters and data centers)

Here’s how to show bbPress info inside WordPress without full integration « bbPress Support Forums

http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/heres-how-to-show-bbpress-info-inside-wordpress-without-full-integration

  • You should NOT be using overly complex plugins like bbPress-Live or parsing RSS feeds if you have WordPress and bbPress sharing the same database but different tables

Running Multiple Instances « bbPress Support Forums

http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/running-multiple-instances

  • I’ve done something very similar using separate (but user integrated) installs of WordPress and bbPress.

    Here’s the blog:
    http://www.weddingbee.com/

    Here are the boards:
    http://boards.weddingbee.com/

    And here is a support forum:
    http://support.weddingbee.com/

    You don’t need to add an extra column to restrict support access – you can use Roles and “Hidden Forums” to pull that off.
    http://bbpress.org/plugins/topic/hidden-forums/

    I’m actually using 7 separate bbPress installs for that site, along with two WordPress installs and some custom code. Just follow the instructions on integrating users between WordPress and bbPress, and wash and repeat for each additional bbPress install.

Social networking sites: 10 mistakes organizations make

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504382.html

  • Here are 10 common mistakes that they see businesses, nonprofits and government agencies make.

    Doing too much at once

    For businesses and organizations with small staffs and smaller budgets, it’s often best to start with a small social media presence, too. Steve Ressler, creator of GovLoop, a social network for government workers, said some organizations try to be on every network at once and fall short in the process. Ressler recommends organizations first identify the tools that best reach their intended audience, be it customers, colleagues or constituents, and use them well.

    Not knowing your needs

    Social media can serve as a networking tool and marketing platform, but not every organization needs both, said Larissa Fair, the senior online marketing manager at ScienceLogic and president of Social Media Club DC. While a restaurant may aim to attract new clientele, a government contractor may need to connect with key government allies.

    Giving it to the intern

3 Ministry Podcasting Options with WordPress | ChurchCrunch

http://churchcrunch.com/3-ministry-podcasting-options-with-wordpress

  • The Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting Plugin for WordPress is very similar to PodPress in functionality (and even has a handy migration feature). Some of the key features of PowerPress are:
    • Full iTunes Support (very easy to set up)
    • Several Media Players to choose from
    • Easy to style with CSS
    • Really good documentation

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: WooThemes – (37signals)

http://37signals.com/svn/posts/2359-bootstrapped-profitable-proud-woothemes

  • In April of 2009, Adii Pienaar (from Cape Town, SA), Mark Forrester (London, UK) and Magnus Jepson (Stavanger, Norway) met up in London at the FOWD conference. It was the first time they were all together in the same room. Rather surprising when you consider they’d already been running a successful company called WooThemes for over a year together.

    The backstory: Pienaar had started a business called Premium News Themes which released the very first premium WordPress theme in November 2007. Soon after, he got an e-mail from Jepson about collaborating. A month later, they released their first collaborated theme.

    Then Forrester entered the picture. He was visiting Cape Town in January 2008 and Pienaar met up with him to discuss working together. They released their first theme together a month later and continued working on more. All the while the trio continued to do freelance work on the side.

    By July, sales were far exceeding the earnings from freelance work. So they gave up the freelance work, formalized the relationship, and began focusing exclusively on the company they dubbed WooThemes. Now it’s a full fledged business that designs and develops templates for WordPress as well as TumblrExpressionEngine & Drupal.

Custom WordPress Taxonomies | Mark Parolisi

http://markparolisi.com/articles/tutorials/custom-wordpress-taxonomies

  •  wp_tag_cloud( array( 'taxonomy' => 'language', 'number' => 45 ) );  
    //make tag cloud
     echo get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'language', 'Language: ', ', ', '' );  
    //print out the values for the post
     query_posts( array( 'language' => 'PHP', 'showposts' => 10 ) );  
    //query the posts for a specified value in your custom taxonomy.

noob bb/wp installation issues « bbPress Support Forums

http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/noob-bbwp-installation-issues#post-70095

  • You basically want to upload bbPress into it’s own folder below wordpress. You can call this anything you want (forums, support, bbpress, chat etc).

    Edit your config file in that folder, and load that folder in a browser (same way you install wordpress basically) and an installer appears.

    Now, there is a guide on this website found here: http://bbpress.org/documentation/installation/

    Personally, i think it’s a clear and detailed as mud so I strongly recommend the following guide:

    http://wpbbpthemes.org/integration/

    It’s very procedural, but given that it takes 19 steps to explain to you what the official documentation explains in 1 step (“6.Follow the instructions in the installer”), i think thats a really good thing.

Hidden Forums « bbPress Plugin Browser

http://bbpress.org/plugins/topic/hidden-forums

  • Make selected forums completely hidden except to certain members or roles. Uses streamlined code and methods in bbPress 0.9 to be faster than previous solutions without their quirks. Now 1.0 compatible.

wordpress 3.0 and bbpress « bbPress Support Forums

http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/wordpress-30-and-bbpress#post-70247

  • It was always suggested that one should use Buddypress if using WPMU.

    How that will stand up against myBB, Simple:Press, WP-United and others

PROFILE – user specified fields « bbPress Support Forums

http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/profile-user-specified-fields#post-2670

  • this really cool feature is available in Vanilla and i really do think bbPress should use it too. rather than everyone creating a specific plugin and/or hack for adding new fields: DOB, website, messengers, quote, interests, etc… why not have it user specified?

    like say i’m in my profile editing page, i can choose to fill in the existing fields, or add new ones of my choice. say i create a new field: “mobile number”, then i fill in the field’s data and save it for my profile. nobody else will have this “mobile number” field in his/her profile page except me (unless they add such a one too).

Extra dropdown field in registration page « bbPress Support Forums

http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/extra-dropdown-field-in-registration-page#post-70021

How Much Time Does It Take To Do Social Media? – Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Use Social Media to Power Social Networks for Change

http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2008/10/how-much-time-d.html

  • How much time and resources does it take to implement social media?

    In my presentations, I use a slide from Nina Simon’s blog post called “How Much Time Does It Take To Do Web2.0 In A Museum?”   I’ve been thinking about remixing that slide so it matches the framework I set up for WeAreMedia tactical modules.

    So, how can you quantify – as close as possible – the amount of time it takes to put social media in practice with good results?  It’s so hard and you could cop out with “It depends …”   It does take more time in the beginning if you’re just acquiring the skill with a particular tool.  As soon as you have the workflow in memory and have routine, it will take less time than when you first started.  But, there’s the whole issue of being efficient – and if you have super human getting things dones with social media skills, then it will take you less time.

The Journalist’s Guide to Facebook

http://mashable.com/2009/08/03/facebook-journalism

  • Ethics Tips from Jane E. Kirtley

    1. Verify facts, identification of sources, etc. Be as certain as possible that the information you are providing is truthful and accurate, or, if that can’t be determined, making very clear what the source of it is.

    2. Remember that nothing on Facebook or social media is really private.

    3. Once it’s posted there’s no way to take it back or restrict what other people might do with it once they get access to it.

    4. Reporters should disclose in their stories that they utilized Facebook as one of their reporting tools.

    5. Be cautious about friending controversial individuals.

    6. Be aware that others may draw inaccurate conclusions from your decision to friend someone.

    7. Friending an unnamed source is the same as revealing the source’s identity. If you’ve promised confidentiality, you shouldn’t do it, even if the friend is using a pseudonym.

    8. Journalists are regarded as “journalists” virtually 24/7, especially nowadays with people with all kinds of agendas who are constantly looking for evidence of journalists’ bias.

    9. Use images and content from sites such as Facebook with care. How do you know it’s accurate? Don’t spread lies.

    Tips on Using Facebook from J.D. Lasica

    1. Be human. You’re not a detached observer, but a participant who need to share and give back instead of just taking.

    2. If you’re using Facebook just to publicize stories you’ve written, you’re using it wrong.

    3. Remember that Facebook is about sharing, not about broadcasting.

    4. It’s all about karma. The community won’t share with you unless you’ve shared (your experiences, your thoughts, your passions) with them.

View online files using the Google Docs Viewer – Official Google Docs Blog

http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2009/09/view-online-files-using-google-docs.html

  • PDF viewer on google docs is not working well, always display “Sorry, we are unable to retrieve the document for viewing”

    Have to refresh 4,5,6,7 x times to open it.

    6/8/10 8:11 PM  

    InfiniteGraph said…

    By the way, just noticed in the past week or two, that anyone not already logged into a Google account, is prompted to login – for docs that are not hosted within any Docs account. This is new behavior, and NOT just some random problem with IE (I’m seeing it in all other browsers now too). Please let us know if this was an intentional change. The whole reason for using this widget was to display documents for my visitors without the need for any plugins, and also without requiring any login.

Christian Freedom « Northwest Baptist Seminary

http://www.nbseminary.ca/archives/christian-freedom

  • Brown’s thesis is quite basic — Christians in North America have lost the true sense of Gospel freedom that they possess. Instead, Christianity has become another religious system, using rules and other pressures to provoke its followers to moral living and good deeds. In succombing to this less than Gospel understanding of  Jesus’ message, believers remain “afraid, guilty and bound.” Legalism, wrong teaching, abusive leadership, false expectations all conspire to rob believers of their freedom.  “There is so much more to being a Christian than obeying rules, doing religious things, and being ‘nice’.”

    With considerable wit, insight into ‘churchianity’, personal transparency, pastoral care, and theological acuity, Brown challenges us to be free. His goal is to help Christians recapture true Christian freedom and  become the potent Kingdom force that God intended them to be, living with joy, courage, and peace. They will know God’s love, God’s grace, and God’s forgiveness and it is deeply liberating.

Worship, Mercy, Talents, and Barry White | Shelly Weiss

http://www.shellywcrc.com/2010/05/23/worship-mercy-talents-and-barry-white

  • God has given me so many gifts and talents, and I keep them to myself instead of using them to glorify Christ. Repeatedly, I promise Him I will try harder, work harder, and share my talents. I always fail… feeling such shame and guilt. Through Pastor Brown’s sermon, I learned I was forgetting GRACE and MERCY from my Father… we are no longer under the Law. To believe God is holding a grudge against me for neglecting to use the gifts He has given me is to discount the Jesus’ death and resurrection! THAT motivates me to USE my talents to do whatever I can to glorify Jesus!

Steve Brown Etc. » Blog Archive » God Doesn’t Need Protecting or Defending!

http://stevebrownetc.com/2010/06/blogs/the-old-white-guy-blog/god-doesnt-need-protecting-or-defending

  • You will remember that the third servant, knowing that his master was a “hard man,” went out and buried the money given to him. When the master came home, he gave the master back the original money. Jesus said that the master said, “You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents…And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (vv. 26-30).

    Now if that doesn’t make you wince, you’re dead.

    But I’m here to help and, at the same time, wreak good-natured revenge on everybody who ever said to me, using this text, that I wasn’t living up to my potential. This parable is a kingdom parable and, not only that, Jesus was talking to the religious priests and religious elders about religion…orthodox, protective, good, righteous and dead religion.

    Jesus isn’t talking about doing, he’s talking about dancing. It’s not about doing right, it’s about doing something. It’s not about potential, it’s about protection-the danger of protecting what you’ve got.

    (In the very next chapter, those religious leaders are so ticked at him that they make plans to kill him. They, at least, “got it” even if my mother, my teachers and a long list of Bible teachers didn’t.)

    If the wicked servant had lost everything, it would have been okay.

The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/business/27incubate.html?th&emc=th

  • By providing academics like Professor Hart a bridge to the business world, M.I.T. is in the vanguard of a movement involving a handful of universities nationwide that work closely with investors to ensure that promising ideas are nurtured and turned into successful start-ups.

    At first glance, the centers look like academic versions of business incubators. But universities are getting involved now at a much earlier stage than incubators typically do. Rather than offering seed money to businesses that already have a product and a staff, as incubators usually do, the universities are harvesting great ideas and then trying to find investors and businesspeople interested in developing them further and exploring their commercial viability.

    In the jargon of academia, the locations of such matchmaking are known as “proof-of-concept centers,” and they’re among a number of new approaches to commercializing university research in more efficient and purposeful ways — and to preventing good ideas from dying quietly. The first proof-of-concept center, the William J. von Liebig Center, was established in 2001 at the University of California, San Diego.

Off-Road Trail Rides in Orange County, Calif.: Off-Road.com

http://www.off-road.com/trails-events/trails/offroad-trail-rides-in-orange-county-calif-52465.html

  • The action to be had amongst Los Pinos, Trabuco, Bald, Pleasant, Sierra and Santiago (originally called Saddleback) Peaks is neatly illustrated in state-specific map books. We’ve used Benchmark Maps’ California Road & Recreation Atlas
  • Legal access to the southern end of the Saddleback Ridge complex is available at two points along Ortega Highway (SR74), each of which are closer to Lake Elsinore than the 5. Long Canyon Road (6S05) is the first you’ll encounter heading east, 10 minutes past the San Juan ranger station. Fifty yards past the El Cariso fire station you’ll see the 3S04 turnoff. Both go left, and meet at the unpaved trailhead. We’d seen these turnoffs countless times while chasing the crotch-rocket guys up and down Ortega in the STi (this road is always full of fast guys – signal your turns in advance and keep an eye in the mirror), so it was a treat to finally explore them.
  • minute climb up semi-improved roadbed is necessary before hitting dirt (a Y intersection easily identified by one of the park’s medieval white swing-gates), so wait until you reach the gate to air down. We’ve done the entirety of this trail complex with our Wranglers at 35 psi, though in a few spots 20 psi would have been nice. Beyond enhanced traction, low psi also smoothes the ride in the lumpies. Headed roughly north from the southern entrances, your first big intersection is the fork at Indian Truck Trail (5S01), which lies just past Trabuco Peak (east of N. Main Divide). Take that right, and the truck trail will bring you back to the 15 along a tame ridge route with a few gnarly bypasses that are tougher than they look (and through another unfinished Riverside subdivision – pick your exit politely). At the same intersection, a slight left-right uphill jog will keep you on the 3S04, bound for the antennas at Old Saddleback and points north, and the densely forested canyon switchback at the top of Holy Jim Trail (groovy spot).

    For a long time after the 2007 fires, this right turn was your only option, as trails and local flora were reinvigorated further north on the 3S04. CleveNat access info, maps of burn areas, and details of repair efforts and other goings-on are available online through the Forest Department’s websites. This is a good place to start: fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/conditions/index.shtml.

  • Orange County’s favorite CleveNat access is Maple Springs Road past the shoehorn town of Silverado, straight out of Orange County, and a shade north of Holy Jim Canyon and Cook’s Corner along the S18 (Santiago Canyon Road). Holy Jim, off Live Oak Canyon Road (the S19) is also known as Trabuco Canyon, a popular Orange County spot to play in the dirt, but it no longer connects to N. Main Divide unless you’re on a bike or foot (or really good at muscling an enduro or dirt bike around). Maple Springs Road (5S04) has no such problem, and in less than an hour delivers you to the intersection of Harding Road (the 5S08, closed for now – politely ask the ranger about access) and N. Main Divide, about as close to the middle of the Saddleback complex as you’re going to get without a helicopter. A fine newbie moment is to be had about a third of the way up Maple Springs, not far past the end of the pavement, where on a stiff right-hand switchback (uphill) if you look left – and down – you’ll see at least two trucks that missed the turn by about 100 feet, plus a barbecue.

Southern Baptists’ diversity in leadership doesn’t reach the top | baxterbulletin.com | The Baxter Bulletin

http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20100626/NEWS01/6260301

  • Once an all-white denomination founded by slaveholders, Southern Baptists have become one of the most diverse religious groups in America. About 19 percent of their congregations have African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American or other minority congregations. That number continues to grow. From 1998 to 2008, the convention added 5,221 new churches, two-thirds of them with diverse congregations. But few minorities hold positions of leadership.

How To Command Influence & Authority Through Blogging | BloggingPro

http://www.bloggingpro.com/archives/2010/05/24/how-to-command-influence-authority-through-blogging

  • Keys To Obtaining Authority

    Therefore, in summary, here are the most important things we should be aiming at to truly push our blogging journey to its limits:

    1) Be Original – To truly stand out, its a waste of time to be just average. You know for yourself that you won’t spend the time to read articles that are old news.

    2) Be Awesome -Always go the extra mile to provide more useful information than the average blogger.

    3) Learn Something New Each Day -Depending on your niche, you will be better able to provide unique content that appeals to your audience. If you are consistently providing new techniques and strategies to help your audience in their field then you will be their first choice, every time.

    4) Be Professional – Operate your blog like a business. Always be a step ahead of what the market is producing.

    5) Connect With Your Readers – While being professional, be super social! Respond to your readers’ requests, questions and feedback. Connect with them on Twitter, Facebook and the other major social sites. This is where they get their information and spent most of their online time.

The Most Powerful Characteristic of Successful Bloggers : Performancing

http://performancing.com/the-most-powerful-characteristic-of-successful-bloggers

  • After taking note, you will find that there are a few key characteristics that most probloggers possess like persistence, focus and passion but there is one more requirement to the mix. That ingredient is the ability to change and adapt.

The End of Men? | onehandclapping

http://julieclawson.com/2010/06/23/the-end-of-men

  • In my opinion these proponents of biblical manhood and womanhood are sailing a sinking ship (and aren’t that biblical either). They are so afraid of their cultural assumptions being challenged that they’ve lost sight that those assumptions are in fact cultural. While others will read this article and celebrate that women now have opportunities and then work hard at helping men and boys overcome years of false programming regarding what they were told a man had to be, some will continue to live in fear of the idea that God values and gifts women as well as men. That truth is finally being seen in society in major ways. The question remains if Christians find ways to help both men and women succeed, or will the church continue to fail men in its attempts to keep women down?

The End of Men – Magazine – The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/8135

  • Even more unsettling for Ericsson, it has become clear that in choosing the sex of the next generation, he is no longer the boss. “It’s the women who are driving all the decisions,” he says—a change the MicroSort spokespeople I met with also mentioned. At first, Ericsson says, women who called his clinics would apologize and shyly explain that they already had two boys. “Now they just call and [say] outright, ‘I want a girl.’ These mothers look at their lives and think their daughters will have a bright future their mother and grandmother didn’t have, brighter than their sons, even, so why wouldn’t you choose a girl?”

Fixing 404 errors thrown by sub-category pages in WordPress

http://www.someusefulinfo.com/blogging/fixing-wordpress-subcategories-404-errors

  • What Top Level Categories plugin does is, it makes the category page URLs look like your-domain-name/category-name instead of the default your-domain-name/category/category-name, the latter has an extra “category” in the URL. I did this to create a perfect directory silo structure at my blog.

HOW TO: Get Up-to-Date on WordPress 3.0

http://mashable.com/2010/06/23/wordpress-3-0-how-to

  • One of the features that many developers (and designers) are most excited about in WordPress 3.0 is enhanced and improved custom post types. To me, this feature (along with custom taxonomies) is what is finally making WordPress viable as a content management system in the more traditional sense.

    Custom post types basically mean that you can create rules based on the type of content you are adding or creating and that these rules will define how they are displayed. For instance, with custom post types, creating robust event calendars inside WordPress or creating a portfolio showcase can be much, much simpler and easier to manage.

Twitter / Jeff Sayre: New BuddyPress patch: JQue …

http://twitter.com/jeffsayre/statuses/17023050390

How to Create the Most Flexible Widget Area in Your Sidebars | BloggingPro

http://www.bloggingpro.com/archives/2010/04/29/how-to-create-the-most-flexible-widget-area-in-your-sidebar

  • When I say sidebars, I don’t necessarily mean sidebars. Widget areas are of course not limited to the visual sidebars in a theme. Most themes have one or two sidebars and a matching 1 or two widget areas, but some themes have just two sidebars, but a total of 13 widget area’s.

    The problem, even with two sidebars, is that you have very little control over which widget goes on what page or post.. or category or archive even. Luckily there are two plugins that can help us out here. Widget Logic and Section Widget. Both widgets do pretty much the same thing, be it that Section Widget is a lot easier to use when you’re not very familiar with Conditional Tags.

    Widget Logic

    Widget Logic gives every widget an extra control field called ‘Widget logic’ that lets you control the pages that the widget will appear on.

    There is also an option to add a wordpress ‘widget_content’ filter — this lets you tweak standard widgets to suit your theme without editing plugins and core code. Do check out the FAQ for this plugin for extra insight on how to use this plugin.

How Many Types of Intimacy Do You and Your Partner Share?

http://rhettsmith.com/2010/06/how-many-types-of-intimacy-do-you-and-your-partner-share

  • 12 Types of Intimacy
    1. Sexual Intimacy: Sharing passion and physical pleasuring
    2. Emotional Intimacy: Being tuned to each other’s wavelength
    3. Intellectual Intimacy: Closeness in the world of ideas
    4. Aesthetic Intimacy: Sharing experience of beauty
    5. Creative Intimacy: Sharing in acts of creating together
    6. Recreational Intimacy: Relating in experiences of fun and play
    7. Work Intimacy: Closeness of sharing common tasks
    8. Crisis Intimacy: Closeness in coping with problems and pain
    9. Conflict Intimacy: Facing and struggling with differences
    10. Commitment Intimacy: Mutually derived from common self-interest
    11. Spiritual Intimacy: Unity shared in religious expression
    12. Communication Intimacy: Mutual understanding and affirmation

    Blocks to Intimacy

    1. Expecting feelings of intimacy to just happen
    2. Blaming each other when it doesn’t happen
    3. Superficial Communication
    4. Devoting most of time and energy to job, children, home, career, etc.
    5. Too much togetherness–smothering
    6. Withdrawing affirmation, caring behavior, support
    7. Not Using Platinum Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Custom Fields Hacks For WordPress – Smashing Magazine

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/13/10-custom-fields-hacks-for-wordpress

  • Getting custom field values isn’t hard for developers or those familiar with PHP, but can be such a pain for non-developers. With this hack, getting any custom field value has never been easier.

    The solution. Here’s the function. Paste it into your theme’s functions.php file. If your theme doesn’t have this file, create it.

    function get_custom_field_value($szKey, $bPrint = false) {
    	global $post;
    	$szValue = get_post_meta($post->ID, $szKey, true);
    	if ( $bPrint == false ) return $szValue; else echo $szValue;
    }

    Now, to call the function and get your custom field value, use the following code:

    <?php if ( function_exists('get_custom_field_value') ){
            get_custom_field_value('featured_image', true);
    } ?>

WordPress MU › WordPress MU Forums » Running WP 3.0 with Multi site enabled. Subdomain blog loading first post…

http://mu.wordpress.org/forums/topic/18116?replies=5

  • In terms of the second blog .htacess, as it runs off the main WP install using WordPress 3.0’s multi-site function, I assume it would use the same .htaccess as the main WP install?

Custom post types in WordPress

http://justintadlock.com/archives/2010/04/29/custom-post-types-in-wordpress

  • One of the things I’ve been hoping would be implemented in WordPress for years is the ability to create custom content types. The inability to do this has been WordPress’ weakest point when compared to rivals in the CMS market.

    In WordPress 3.0, we’ll have the capability to easily create and manage content via custom post types. Not only that, but you won’t have to rely on a plugin to do this for you. It can be done via your theme’s functions.php file with a few lines of code.

  • Viewing a custom post type

    WordPress will show the singular view of your custom post types without any extra work. Once you create a new post, you’ll be able to view it by clicking on the View Post link.

    View post link in the WordPress admin

    If your WordPress theme has a single.php template, this will be used to display your custom post type. If not, it will fall back to the index.php template. Since this is a “custom” post type, I’ll assume you want to customize how it’s output. To overwrite the default, you can create a custom template. Our template will be called single-super_duper.php.

  • query

BuddyPress.org | Community/groups | Installing BuddyPress | Forum

http://buddypress.org/community/groups/installing-buddypress/forum/topic/bp-1-4-2-and-wp-3-0-blank-wp-admin-with-multisite-enabled

  • BuddyPress 1.2.4 onwards should/is meant to work fine with WordPress 3.0. If it doesn’t, it’s a bug we need you to report at http://trac.buddypress.org/ so that we can fix it for the next build. BuddyPress 1.3 will require WordPress 3.0, and won’t work with any previous version of WordPress.

BuddyPress.org | Community/groups | Installing BuddyPress | Forum

http://buddypress.org/community/groups/installing-buddypress/forum/topic/cant-create-forum-topics-wp-3-0-rc3-15260-buddypress-1-2-4-1

  • I installed BuddyPress on WP 3.0 (with Multi-Site enabled) and was able to create a group. and a blog for the group, but whenever I try to create a new forum post, I get an error message: “Sorry, there were no forum topics found.” I turned off all the plugins, but that didn’t help. This is a new install of bbPress for the forums. I’ve never used BuddyPress or bbPress before and have no idea where to look for conflicts or whether this is something that hasn’t been sorted in the 3.0 compatibility push. All help appreciated!

  • Avatar Image LPH2005 said 1 week, 1 day ago:

    Maybe start with the settings for the group. There is a checkbox for forums that sometimes is not checked when a group is setup.

    admin –> group settings

    domain.com/groups/the-name-of-the-group/admin/group-settings

WordPress › Support » Add www to WP3 RC3 nultisite/multiblog installation

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/410689?replies=5

  • Just a note that Tools_Network_SubPanel has this recommendation:

    “We recommend you change your siteurl to example.com before enabling the network feature. It will still be possible to visit your site using the www prefix with an address like http://www.sample.com but any links will not have the www prefix.”

Daily Tip: Fatal Error Exhausted Memory Size When Upgrading to WordPress 3.0? Here’s the Fix. – WordPress MU and BuddyPress plugins, themes, support, tips and how to’s

http://wpmu.org/daily-tip-fatal-error-exhausted-memory-size-when-upgrading-to-wordpress-3-0-heres-the-fix

  • This is a common problem among WordPress users upgrading to 3.0 since the package size is bigger than previous versions. You may see something like this:
    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted
    

    Solution: Increase Memory Limit:

    One way to do this is to add this line to your wp-config.php file:

    define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M');
    

    Another solution that some may be more comfortable with is to install a plugin to help you increase the memory limit. Check out Memory Limit. You can install and activate it for your upgrade. Then you can deactivate it afterwards if you want to.

APR and APY: Why Your Bank Hopes You Can’t Tell The Difference

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/basics/04/102904.asp

  • Compounding is especially important in our APR vs. APY discussion because many financial institutions have a sneaky way of quoting interest rates that use compounding principles to their advantage. Being financially literate in this area will help you spot which interest rate you are really getting.

    Defining APR and APY
    APR is the annual rate of interest without taking into account the compounding of interest within that year. Alternatively, APY does take into account the effects of intra-year compounding.

MindoMondo | What Church Taught Me About Social Media

http://mindomondo.com/2010/06/what-church-taught-me-about-social-media

  • What I took away wasn’t drastically different, however, it did make me think about what we, as marketers, look at when going to market and utilizing social media.  Marketers continue to try to segment people and label them with what we think they are.  I have a hard time “labeling” people in this day and age.

    To me, we as marketers, need to let them decide for themselves, but we guide them by giving them the “tools” to make their decision a little bit easier.  We want these people to become our ‘disciples’ and the way to make them advocates (consumers), is not by pushing on them what we think they should be, but by pulling them in.  We give them the voice and opportunity to embrace what they could be…to their peers and to us (the brand, the product, the service and so on).   You do that by offering free conversation, a place to feel comfortable, limitless and a place to be who they want to be – in essence you are building a ‘CHURCH’.

Dream Year Application – Formstack

http://www.formspring.com/forms/?749853-2GQLuKI38W

  • Okay… let’s talk price.

    If Dream Year were free, you wouldn’t value it.

    And if it were free, I wouldn’t value it.

    I have just enough time to give this process exceptional care and attention. But like you, my time costs me other endeavors I could be pursuing… and time with my family. So I have to charge something.

    At the same time, I think it’s stupid to charge dreamers tons of money when they don’t have much to begin with. I’ve seen some coaching networks charge $200+ a month, but this feels too rich for my blood. You’ll need some of that money to start your projects.

    But then again… I’m going to show you how to raise money for your projects. Take STORY for instance. I had no job and no backing. Yet I raised $137,000 for the event in five months. I’ll walk you through the process of funding your dream.

    So I’m setting the price at $100 a month.

    Think of it like a college course, but instead of a grade, you end up living out your God-given dream. How you respond to this fee says something about how highly you regard your dream… how much you believe in it.

    And yes, you might have to sacrifice something – like cable tv or dinner at Outback on Friday nights. But you’re going to learn how to fund big dreams through this process. A hundred bucks a month will be easy.

    Keep in mind this is the lowest price that Dream Year will ever be. When the world sees your project come to life, this process will attract other interested leaders, and the price will grow in response to the demand.

WP-Orphanage « xentek

http://xentek.net/code/wordpress/plugins/wp-orphanage

  • Users who have not been assigned any Roles or Capabilities are called “orphans”. When using the shared users table trick to link up multiple WordPress installations, users who register on one of your blogs, are not given any privileges on the other blogs in the network. WP-Orphanage is a plugin that automatically adopts your orphan users by promoting them to the Role of your choosing. By default it will use the same default role set in the main WP Options, but the options page introduced in v1.0 of WP-Orphange will allow you to set it to any role you like.

Implementing the WordPress Shared Users Table Trick « xentek

http://xentek.net/articles/528/implementing-the-wordpress-shared-users-table-trick

  • That’s when I ran across these little known wp-config.php keys: CUSTOM_USER_TABLE and CUSTOM_USER_META_TABLE. By setting these keys to the same values in all of your wp-config.php you can have multiple WordPress installs share the same user tables and essentially create a nearly-perfect single sign-on system for your blog network.

    There are limitations, of course, but by and large the shared users table trick works like a charm. I’ll show you how to set it up yourself for some newly installed blogs. You can convert existing blogs over, but that takes more DB fiddling then I’ll go into in this article. The biggest limitation is that all of the blogs have to be installed in the same Database. However, they can be on different servers, as long as they can all talk to the same Database.

Shared login in WordPress – PHP – Snipplr Social Snippet Repository

http://snipplr.com/view/11809/shared-login-in-wordpress

  • For example, you might have a primary blog with the table prefix wp_ on the database wordpressblog and you install a new blog on the same wordpressblog database but with a different prefix (this is important) – you can share the the primary blogs already populated user tables (in other words a shared login).

BuddyPress.org | Community/groups | Installing BuddyPress | Forum

http://buddypress.org/community/groups/installing-buddypress/forum/topic/blank-site-after-installing-buddypress-in-wordpress-3

  • Unless otherwise specified, BP will install in main site when you activate it. In order for BP to work in subsite, you have to add the following to your wp-config.php file
    define ( ‘BP_ROOT_BLOG’, $blog_id );

    so if you want to install BP in site2, then do this
    define ( ‘BP_ROOT_BLOG’, 2 );

The Essential Guide to WordPress 3.0 Custom Taxonomies

http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/wordpress/essential-guide-wordpress-custom-taxonomies

  • WordPress makes it possible for theme developers to create their own taxonomies which are created within the functions.php theme file. This is what we are going to cover today. We will learn how to work with Custom WordPress taxonomies.

    Recently, I’ve started working on my portfolio WordPress theme, and I needed to define different information for each project/template, like price, colors, style, etc.

Query multiple custom taxonomy terms in WordPress 2.8? – Stack Overflow

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1155565/query-multiple-custom-taxonomy-terms-in-wordpress-2-8

  • Apparently query_posts cannot help in this specific situation. (Hopefully it will be added in future versions of WordPress!) The solution is to use a custom select query like the following:

WordPress › Support » Simple Taxonomies – any place of the post

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/284217

  • How to insert the function in any place of the post, but not at the end of it?

  • MichaelH
    Moderator
    Posted 12 months ago #

    Wouldn’t you put the code in your template before the_content?

    From yoast’s example:

    People: , ,
    <?php the_content('<p >Read the rest of this entry &raquo;</p>'); ?>

Simple Taxonomies – Yoast – Tweaking Websites

http://yoast.com/wordpress/simple-taxonomies

  • WordPress 2.8 introduced a “simple” way to add taxonomies to WordPress. It still required coding though. This plugin allows you to add taxonomies just by giving them a name in the backend. It then creates the taxonomy for you, provides a widget you can use to display a “taxonomy cloud” or a list of all the stuff in there, and it allows you to show the taxonomy contents at the end of posts and excerpts as well.

WordPress › CSV Importer « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/csv-importer/other_notes

  • As of version 0.3.0, the plugin includes support for custom taxonomies. Once custom taxonomies are set up in your theme’s functions.php file or by using a 3rd party plugin, csv_ctax_(taxonomy name) columns can be used to assign imported data to the taxonomies.

Extend WordPress With Custom Fields – Smashing Magazine

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/29/extend-wordpress-with-custom-fields

  • WordPress displays posts through something called a loop. Another WordPress function, query_posts, allows you to choose exactly which posts are displayed in your loop. One parameter lets you display only posts that have a custom field and/or that have a specific custom field value. Going back to our camera website, we could display only posts that have the custom field Camera_Specs:

WordPress › Support » Display posts with the same custom field value as the current post

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/334007

The Essential Guide to WordPress 3.0 Custom Taxonomies

http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/wordpress/essential-guide-wordpress-custom-taxonomies/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • Below are some examples of what we were talking about in this tutorial:
    • PopCritics.com is using custom taxonomies to output different details about the movies. See the Genre(s), Actor(s), etc…
    • TypeChart.com is another great example of WordPress site that is making good use of taxonomies for finding font styling. You can see that in the sidebar.
    • Soh Tanaka’s portfolio is also using taxonomies to output details on projects. Observe the Client, Date, URL, Tasks, etc…

WordPress Custom Fields, Part II: Tips and Tricks • Perishable Press

http://perishablepress.com/press/2008/12/22/wordpress-custom-fields-tips-tricks

  • Custom fields may be added when you create or edit any page or post. Each custom field consists of two variables, the key and its associated value. An example key would be “current mood”, and an example value would be “happy”. Each custom field remains associated with its corresponding post or page, but may of course be called apart from the loop and displayed anywhere on the page.

    There are several ways to retrieve and display custom field information on your pages. The first and easiest way uses the the_meta(); template tag, which always echoes an unordered list containing the attributes/values

Using custom taxonomies to create a movie database

http://justintadlock.com/archives/2009/06/04/using-custom-taxonomies-to-create-a-movie-database

  • At the end of last week, I managed to talk my cousin into helping me set up a movie database. I thought this would be a great testing ground for custom taxonomies and allow me to present an example of how they can be used.
  • I hope this helps explain how taxonomies can be used on a site. I wanted to give everyone a real-world example to better understand the concept.

    I didn’t go into complete detail on each bit of code because the post was getting much too long. In order to better understand how the code works, read over my tutorial on creating custom taxomies. There’s a lot of great information in that post.

    As always, feel free to ask questions and discuss. I’ll be happy to help out. Heck, go rate a few movies on the movie database. It could be fun!

WordPress › wpSearch « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsearch

  • wpSearch is a very powerful search plugin for WordPress. It is based on the open source search engine “Lucene” which means its fast and relevant. If you need an awesome blog search, you’ve come to the right place.

    New Version 1.5.x: The fastest, lightest, most portable release yet.

    The major features of wpSearch are:

    * Unmatched and customizable search relevancy (thats the power of Lucene!)
    * Very fast search speed
    * Wildcard and Boolean operator support
    * Easy installation
    * Instantly updated searching after a post has been written
    * Searching of Posts and Pages
    * Integration into any blog
    * No javascript / css includes
    * Optimized integration into the WordPress search mechanism
    * Searching of comments
    * Foreign character support

Function Reference/get taxonomies « WordPress Codex

http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_taxonomies#Output_a_list_of_all_public_custom_taxonomies

  • The call to get_taxonomies returns the registered taxonomies.
    <?php $taxonomies=get_taxonomies(); ?>
    

    Output a list all registered taxonomies

    <?php 
    $taxonomies=get_taxonomies('','names'); 
    foreach ($taxonomies as $taxonomy ) {
      echo '<p>'. $taxonomy. '</p>';
    }
    ?>
    

    Output a list of all public custom taxonomies

    This return all custom (not builtin) taxonomies.

WordPress › Relevanssi « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/relevanssi

  • Relevanssi replaces the basic WordPress search with a partial-match search that sorts the results based on relevance. It is a partial match search, so if user inputs several search terms, the search will find all documents that match even one term, ranking highest those documents that match all search terms.

Social Media Leaders:Do You Validate? | Jim Gray Online

http://www.jimgrayonline.com/ideas/social-media-leadersdo-you-validate

  • So, forget all the fancy plans; forget the ever-unsatisfying pursuit of ROI. Please just let this video sink in. Let this one thought permeate all that you do on social media. If you will, I guarantee you that you will discover exactly what you should DO on social media.

    Here’s the foundational principle at work on social media:

    • everyone wants to be heard
    • everyone wants to be understood
    • everyone wants to know his or her life matters.

    You START that process by paying attention. On Twitter that starts by following the people who are following you. Period. It is just that simple. The next step is making social media about them, not you. And that starts by acknowledging their presence.

Why Don’t Churches ‘Get’ Social Media?

http://www.brandonacox.com/2009/02/23/why-dont-churches-get-social-media/?wpmp_tp=1

  • I’m a firm believer that the rise of social media is a revolutionary moment for the church’s ministry. We’ll either embrace it (as we did print media and mass media) or we’ll begin to fade (as perhaps we are already doing). John Saddington runs a couple of great blogs and wrote a pertinent article related to why churches don’t “get” social media.

Church Metrics Gone Bad | Matt Farina

http://mattfarina.com/2010/1/church-metrics-gone-bad

  • Are these disciples? I’d argue they aren’t. Going back to the metric that means the wrong thing is being measured. Church attendance isn’t a good metric. It doesn’t relate back to the goal.

    Even worse is that by focusing on church attendance growth it’s easy to be sidetracked what we are really called to do in order to improve church attendance numbers.

Christ Seeker: Missional Metrics

http://christseeker.typepad.com/christ_seeker/2008/08/missional-metrics.html

  • A new friend of mine named Hugh Halter who leads a missional community called Adullam in Denver, CO and trains missional leaders through the Missio (www.mcap.info) has suggested the following as a potential missional report card.  (In no particular order…)
    1. Number of new relationships formed where I know their names and they know mine.
    2. Number of people who have been uniquely blessed by me and my community.
    3. Number of people who invite me to be with their friends who don’t follow Christ.
    4. Number of ways, my street, neighborhood, or community are more livable because of my influence.
    5. Number of Christians that are actively confronting their consumerism and making adjustments at the life level.
    6. Number of Christians that I ask or persuade NOT to go on mission with us.
    7. Number of incarnational communities that commit to form around benevolent action instead of just a bible study.
    8. How long people remain at our weekly gathering after the formalities are over.
    9. Number of community-based initiatives our people are supporting with their time or money.
    10. Number of young leaders we’re intentionally developing.
    11. Number of people baptized for the first time.
    12. Number of Bibles purchased because someone asked for one.

Technology and the Church an Interview with Bobby Gruenewald – Digital @ Leadership Network

http://digital.leadnet.org/2010/06/technology-and-the-church-an-interview-with-bobby-gruenewald.html

  • Our goal is to use technology in a connecting way. The number one win for us at Church Online–our online website which offers multiple live worship experiences throughout the day–isn’t to get someone to look at content, but to actually connect with someone and interact through a live prayer or chat. If in that moment they can share something about themselves and something they want prayer for, that is the most meaningful interaction I can aim for. In all honesty, this is often more likely to happen in an online context than in the context of a physical church environment.
  • Churches can easily use Facebook to create a page for their church, share upcoming activities or post photos from church events. Then see what happens. If there is a positive reaction then start adding more social communication tools.

WordPress 3.0 adds better customization – BusinessWeek

http://www.businessweek.com/idg/2010-06-18/wordpress-3-0-adds-better-customization.html

  • The most dramatic change in WordPress 3.0 is the ability to host multiple sites. Using one installation of WordPress 3.0, thousands of users can each have their own blogs under a common domain name.

    Most users of this configuration are large-scale entities that have previously relied on WordPress MU. For example, Best Buy uses such a setup to give each of its retail stores its own blog and event calendar. WordPress divides The New York Times beats across multiple blogs. And Harvard Law School uses WordPress to offer a free blogging platform to any of its faculty, staff and students.

    WordPress 3.0 comes with support for these blogs to exist as either subdirectories (example.com/blog) or subdomains (blog.example.com). Unofficially, it also supports multiple domains via a domain-mapping plug-in.

Everything you wanted to know about creating a network of multiple sites in 3.0 – WPMU Tutorials

http://wpmututorials.com/basics/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-creating-a-network-of-multiple-sites-in-3-0

  • While the basic of Creating a network are in the codex, there are a few extras that it’s hard to know exactly where to put them. Before you embark on this new feature, I figured I’d have a one-stop resource page for all the fiddly little bits you need to know.

    And after I’ve been working with WordPress MU for so long (3 years? Already?) I can assure you that it had WAY more fiddly bits and the devs have distilled this down to as little fuss as possible.

    What you need to know before you begin

    I’ve been reading many questions and blog posts about the “new” multisite feature and wondering how it compares or not to WPMU. The functionality is basically exactly the same. There were no new features added.

  • If you’re new, there’s a few things you need to be aware of.
    1. The sites are virtual. They don’t exist on the server, just in the database.
    2. The sites are siloed content. While you do have one username and password across the site, you still need to go to each one to do things like post.
    3. Your webhost has to support it. By support, I don’t mean answer specific questions about functions, I mean support from a technical perspective. The subdomain sites are driven by the use of wildcard subdomains. For subfolders, mod_rewrite. The mod_rewrite function is also used to serve uploaded files in either format. in other words, Windows servers are a little more trouble.

Configuring WordPress 3.0 for Multisite With Multiple Domains Setup | Interconnect IT – WordPress Consultants, Web Development and Web Design

http://www.interconnectit.com/840/wordpress-3-0-multisite-with-multiple-domains-setup

  • Change the row in wp_blogs that matches your new site and make a note of the blog_id.
    1. Change site_id to the new site_id created above.
    2. Change domain to our new domain name.
  • Open up wp_[blog_id]_options table.
    1. Change siteurl to the new domain name.
    2. Change home to match the new domain name.
    3. Change the fileupload_url to match the new domain.
  • Your new site should now be ready, you’ll need to go in and set all the options for the domain now. If you wanted a clone of the root sites options you could copy all the rows in wp_sitemeta with a site_id matching the site you wanted to clone and just change the site_id to the new site.

Blogger in church tussle can’t have it both ways | jacksonville.com

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/columnists/phil_fretz/2009-05-04/story/blogger_in_church_tussle_cant_have_it_both_ways

  • For a year and a half, a blogger posted a stream of anonymous rants against the downtown First Baptist Church. Fine. That’s his free speech right.

    But someone apparently also stalked the pastor’s wife and stole his mail. So police learned the blogger’s identity and did an investigation. They didn’t find any connection, however.

    In his lawsuit, the blogger claims police and prosecutors violated his constitutional rights to anonymity and free speech by revealing his identity to church officials.

    Memo to blogger: There is no constitutional right to anonymity once you have, of your own volition, thrust yourself into the public spotlight.

Unmasked Baptist Blogger’s Lawsuit (Mostly) Moves Ahead | Liveblog | Christianity Today

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2010/04/unmasked_baptis.html

  • Mac Brunson and the leaders of First Baptist Church Jacksonville didn’t much care for FBC Jax Watchdog, one of many Baptist watchblogs.

    No surprise there: Brunson was a frequent target of the anonymous blogger’s critiques. The surprise is that the church asked one of its members, a police officer (who is also a Brunson bodyguard) to find out who the blogger was. The officer got assistant state attorney Stephen Siegel to subpoena records from Comcast and Google to unmask the blogger as longtime church member Tom Rich—whereupon the church leadership immediately barred Rich and his wife from ever coming near the sanctuary again.

How should a church respond to critics? – The Gospel.com Blog

http://www.gospel.com/blog/index.php/2010/02/19/how-should-a-church-respond-to-critics

  • Ed Young, pastor of the 20,000 congregant Fellowship Church, was recently accused of keeping financial secrets from his congregation by WFAA, a Dallas/Fort Worth news organization. Among the report’s claims are that Young owns a private jet and has a 10,000 square foot home valued at $1,500,000.

    Oh, he also reportedly makes a million bucks a year from the church.

    Suffice to say, the claims put forward by WFAA have been summarily rebuffed by Young and a few of his church’s board members. You can see Fellowship’s side of the story in the 25 minute video below. The truth seems to be that they lease the plane because of Young’s international speaking engagements and tight schedule, and the home is closer to 7500 square feet. The salary? Not so much

Do You Need a Social Media Policy? | tonysteward

http://tonysteward.me/2010/05/do-you-need-a-social-media-policy

  • That said, I wanted to share the Social Media Guidelines that LifeChurch.tv has put together (Thanks Lori!). We didn’t want a set of rules, instead we wanted to encourage awareness on the personal responsibilities and provide helpful insight to help our team fully leverage the opportunities of social media. You can find our Guidelines :Here:
    • What has your organization or church done in regards to a policy or set of guidelines around Social Media?
    • Do you think they are necessary?
    • And I’d be even more interested in your thoughts on how far does the reach of an organization extend into the online social life of their employees?

10 Must-Haves for Your Social Media Policy

http://mashable.com/2009/06/02/social-media-policy-musts

  • There are generally two approaches to social media policy making. Some organizations handle social media in an evolutionary way. Chad Houghton, the director of e-media and business development at the Society for Human Resource Management, told me that he thinks, “it might be beneficial not to create some arbitrary rules without first seeing where the opportunities and risks really are.”

    Other organizations, meanwhile, feel more comfortable establishing a clear policy from the outset. IBM, for example, has published their social media guidelines publicly for anyone to read. It’s a great policy, though rather long.

Having a Social Media Policy for your Church or Ministry. (YouthPastor.com)

http://www.youthpastor.com/news/index.cfm/Having_a_Social_Media_Policy_for_your_Church_or_Ministry_6736.htm

  • Here are some guidelines I would suggest for any church, ministry etc.

    I. Use common sense. There are just some things that are not meant to be posted online and shared with the world. (I’ve learned this recently). Write and post things as if your Mom is reading it. (Actually my Mom does ..she recently joined facebook , and follows that, my blog and several websites.)

    II. Be a Christian at all times. Love your neighbour. Remember the Golden Rule. On forums, social media sites, email, etc. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Love people and love God.

    III. Have a Disclaimer. Sure you are a leader and it reflects that, but also make sure that people know that not everyone believes or has the same opinions as you do.

    IV. Have Fun. Some suggest don’t have your parishioners as your followers etc. I disagree. Have fun with it, build those relationships. That is what Ministry is about.

Safe Church guidelines for social media

http://www.ctdiocese.org/Content/Safe_Church_guidelines_for_social_media.asp

  • Safe Church guidelines for social media

    Developed through the Office of Pastoral Response. Presented at Clergy Day, Oct.6, 2009.

    Text version below. Click here for PDF pages to create a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 booklet to print and distribute at meetings (or whatever)
    (use page numbers to guide in creating a booklet of two pages, printed on both side: print the page that shows page 6 on the left and the front cover on the right, and on the reverse, print the page with blank on left, and page five on right. Print the next two PDF pages (pages 4 and 1, and pages 2 and 3) back to back. Collate and fold. Note: Final booklet will be blank on inside front cover.

Workflow – Social Media Pastor

http://www.chrisbrogan.com/workflow-social-media-pastor

  • Some churchgoers in his extended online community are doing things like Twitter their local service. Others have been confronted for bringing technology into the church. In some affluent churches, there are even Second Life outposts, and online campuses. It’s a balance of concerns and considerations: are you still part of a community when represented digitally? Does God hear your prayer in pixel form? Emilio leans towards yes, but he knows that others aren’t as understanding.

    Emilio knows that there are more challenges to taking religion into social media. He’s read and studied the book UNCHRISTIAN, by David Kinnamon. In this book, Kinnamon talks about what outsiders think about Christianity: hypocritical, focus on conversion, antihomosexual, sheltered, too political, judgmental. Emilio feels there’s a much greater risk of these concerns spreading in the online world, where some context is lost.

WordPress › Support » multiple Multisite installs on single IP?

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/407121

  • Otto was able to clue me onto what I was missing; I needed to log onto the wp-admin.php of the domain which I wanted to map, not the wp-admin.php of the main blog.

WordPress 3.0: Multisite Domain Mapping Tutorial » Otto on WordPress

http://ottopress.com/2010/wordpress-3-0-multisite-domain-mapping-tutorial

  • Here you have a few different options, but two main ones that count. You can either put in the IP address of your server (as defined in your domain’s main A record) or you can put in a CNAME that points to your server. The IP address is what most people will want to use. If your server uses more than one, you can enter them all here, separated by commas.

    Other options on this page:

    • Remote Login – This will make your login pages for all sites redirect to your main site to do the actual login. The benefit of this is that when you log in to one, you log into all of them. The downside is that the URL changes to another domain in order to log in.
    • Permanent redirect (better for your blogger’s pagerank) – This makes your subdomain or subdirectory sites redirect to their domains. You should leave this on.
    • User domain mapping page – Turn this on if you want users to be able to put in their own domains for mapping.
    • Redirect administration pages to blog’s original domain (remote login disabled if redirect disabled) – This makes all admin pages show up on the original domain instead of on the top-level-domains. You need this enabled for remote login to work.

    Generally I leave only the middle two on. Remote-login is iffy at best, and I want my top-level-domain name to show up everywhere.

  • The other way to set domain mapping is through the Super Admin->Domains menu. Here you’ll find a list of sites and their ID numbers. You can map an id number directly to a domain name here. The Tools approach is a bit easier to use, but this will allow you to map domains without visiting them, as you can access this list from your main domain. You can also correct broken domain mappings from here.
  • Special Note: See in the picture how I’m using a subdirectory install? That’s relatively new. In older versions of the domain mapping system, you had to use a subdomain installation and wildcard DNS for domain mapping to work. This is no longer the case, domain mapping works just fine with subdirectories.

Using multiple Domains with WordPress MU | WPWebHost

http://www.wpwebhost.com/using-multiple-domains-with-wordpress-mu

  • The two slashes (//) at the beginning of the line are what we need to remove.
    define( ‘SUNRISE’, ‘on’ );

    Save your changes. If you get an error, it will be because this file is created by the server on install, so you may not have permissions. Just ask support to make this change for you.

    Before we map our domain to a blog, let’s set up our second domain so it knows where to go.

    Login to your domain registrar, and change domain2.com’s nameservers to the same nameservers as your WPMU account. It will be something like ns102.wpwebhost.com & ns103.wpwebhost.com.

    Now login to your control panel for your WPMU web account. In the main cPanel menu, scroll down to the Domains box. Click the “park a domain” icon.

WordPress 3.0 Multi-site on DreamHost | PlanetWP

http://planetwp.net/2010/06/19/wordpress-3-0-multi-site-on-dreamhost

  • I host this blog on DreamHost and ran a query by their Support Team today to see what it takes to take advantage of the WordPress 3.0 Multi-Site feature on their hosting plans.

    Multi-Site is not supported on our shared servers. You will need a PS to enable the feature. You will also need wildcard DNS which also requires a PS. See our policy here: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Wildcard_DNS

    So, if you’re on shared hosting, you’re out of luck. Upgrade to their Private Servers (PS) and you can take advantage of WordPress 3.0 Multi-site.

Subdomain Or Subdirectory for WordPress Addon blogs

http://www.shoutmeloud.com/subdomain-or-subdirectory-for-wordpress-addon-blogs.html

  • This is specially good for businesses , who have a static website, and they want to start with a blog, instead of going for blog.company you can go for company.com/blog.

WordPress › Yet Another Multi-Site Manager « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yet-another-multi-site-manager

  • This plugin basically allows you to host blogs on multiple domain names while maintaining one main site.

    For example, the main site could be example.com but users will also be able to sign up for blogs on example.net, example.org or any other domain name that you choose to add.

Activating WordPress 3.0 Multi Site (Formerly Multi User, MU)

http://journalxtra.com/2010/06/activating-wordpress-3-0-multi-site-formerly-multi-user-mu

  • The WordPress development team intend a future WordPress release to be able to manage multiple domain names and not just sub-domains and sub-directories. To explain that another way, a future WordPress release will let you create a sub domain and mask it with another top level domain that has its DNS records set up to point to your server. In the meantime you must use the Yet Another Multi Site Manager (YAMM) plugin to achieve the same result.

    The author of YAMM intends to update his plugin with improved WordPress 3 support. But that does not mean it does not work now. It does, here’s how to install it:

WordPress › Support » Seperate WP installations -> single 3.0 multiblog

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/412921

  • The additional blogs will be subdomains or subdirectories of your TLD e.g.

    TLD http://my-site.com
    Subdomain http://subdomain.my-site.com
    Subdirectory http://my-site.com/subdirectory

    I use subdomains because search engines treat them as individual sites; but to use subdomains you will need a host that supports wildcard DNS records (easier to set-up than they sound).

    !Check Plugin Compatibility First!

WordPress › Support » wp 3.0 multi-site multi-domain permalinks not working

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/411660

  • Does anyone have wp 3.0 running multi-site and separate domains for each site with permalinks working? I am fairly positive that the rewrite rules in the .htaccess file need to manually be modified for this, I am just not sure what needs modified.

Article: Say Goodbye to Command-and-Control – Charlene Li | Catalyst

http://www.catalystspace.com/content/read/say_goodbye_to_charlene

  • At one time, country rulers, army generals, and company executives thought the only effective way to organize and manage was through a system of command-and-control. The king/general/boss gave the orders; everyone lower did what they were told.

    The system contained some hidden assumptions: (1) The boss knew more than anyone else. (2) Workers could be trained—or threatened—to follow orders unquestioningly. (3) Any other system was inefficient and slow to react to threats and change.

Ministry Best Practices: Top 10 Reasons People Leave Your Church

http://www.ministrybestpractices.com/2008/03/top-10-reasons-people-leave-your-church.html

  • Here are the top ten reasons LifeWay Research found why people switch churches:1. The church was not helping me to develop spiritually. (28%)
    2. I did not feel engaged or involved in meaningful church work (20%)
    3. Church members were judgmental of others (18%)
    4. pastor was not a good preacher (16%)
    5. Too many changes (16%)
    6. Members seemed hypocritical (15%)
    7. Church didn’t seem to be a place where God was at work (14%)
    8. Church was run by a clique that discouraged involvement (14%)
    9. Pastor was judgmental of others (14%)
    10. Pastor seemed hypocritical (13%)

What is Kyria.com? | Kyria

http://www.kyria.com/help/gettingstarted/whatiskyria.html#answer

  • Kyria.com is a resource of Leadership Journal and Christianity Today International. Its mission is to equip women to use their gifts, take responsibility for their spiritual formation and the discipleship of others, and to fulfill the work God has called them to—through the power of his life-transforming and life-sustaining Spirit.

New tech moves beyond the mouse, keyboard and screen – CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/06/18/natural.user.interface.mouse/index.html?hpt=C2

  • Instead of sliding a mouse across your desk, you could just point at whatever you’d like to select. Instead of pecking away at a keyboard, you could just say what you’re thinking. And instead of glaring at a big screen all day, why not just project that information on the surface of your contact lenses?

Overcoming the Technological Divide | The Global Conversation

http://www.christianitytoday.com/globalconversation/june2010/response2.html?start=2

  • it is time to leave behind the endless examining of good and bad aspects of technology. We need to look for a new paradigm. Probably the time has come for Christians in developed countries to honestly ask whether it is justifiable to pursue the current trend of technological progress—both in the way engineers design it and in the way ordinary people adopt it. We might have to start searching for new technologies that are available for more people, in a more efficient, a more environmentally friendly, and a less expensive way, rather than those developed at the expense and sacrifice of other people’s needs and well-being.

Overcoming the Technological Divide | The Global Conversation

http://www.christianitytoday.com/globalconversation/june2010/response2.html

  • Technology not only alters the way people do things but also the nature of the activity and the agents involved in that activity. Fast transportation, for example, transforms the context and meaning of family life and work. When sermons are televised, the message itself is bound to change to a certain degree. During the last few decades, Koreans experienced a radical change with respect to the definition, context, and meaning of tradition, education, work, leisure, family life, community, birth, aging, illness, death, etc. Christian ideas and activities were no exception. Technology has touched us to the core of our being.

The Face-to-Face Gospel and the Death of Distance | The Global Conversation

http://www.christianitytoday.com/globalconversation/june2010/index.html?start=3

  • what technology has done to people. We all see that people have shorter attention spans, read less, and try to do two things at once and get distracted. Churches see both the positive and negative aspects of technology every week. It is great to deal with people who can instantly respond to needs since they are always connected. It is challenging to deal with a congregation that is text messaging in church or gets distracted when the sermon goes longer than 20 minutes.
  • if you put your best into an article and people read it at another time, does that count as communication? We know it does, though it’s a different kind of communication than having a conversation.

Unboxed – Yes, People Still Read, but Now It’s Social – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/business/20unbox.html?th&emc=th

  • “THE point of books is to combat loneliness,” David Foster Wallace observes near the beginning of “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself,” David Lipsky’s recently published, book-length interview with him.
  • If you happen to be reading the book on the Kindle from Amazon, Mr. Wallace’s observation has an extra emphasis: a dotted underline running below the phrase. Not because Mr. Wallace or Mr. Lipsky felt that the point was worth stressing, but because a dozen or so other readers have highlighted the passage on their Kindles, making it one of the more “popular” passages in the book.
  • With “popular highlights,” even when we manage to turn off Twitter and the television and sit down to read a good book, there will a chorus of readers turning the pages along with us, pointing out the good bits. Before long, we’ll probably be able to meet those fellow readers, share stories with them. Combating loneliness? David Foster Wallace saw only the half of it.

    Mr. Carr’s argument is that these distractions come with a heavy cost, and his book’s publication coincides with articles in various publications — including The New York Times — that report on scientific studies showing how multitasking harms our concentration.

    Thus far, the neuroscience of multitasking has tended to follow a predictable pattern. Scientists take a handful of test subjects out of their offices and make them watch colored squares dance on a screen in a lab somewhere. Then they determine that multitasking makes you slightly less able to focus. A study reported on early this month found that heavy multitaskers performed about 10 to 20 percent worse on most tests than light multitaskers.

    These studies are undoubtedly onto something — no one honestly believes he is better at focusing when he switches back and forth between multiple activities — but they are meaningless as a cultural indicator without measuring what we gain from multitasking.

Migrating a bunch of WordPress blogs to a single WordPress 3.0 multi-site installation | Claus Conrad

http://www.clausconrad.com/blog/migrating-a-bunch-of-wordpress-blogs-to-a-single-wordpress-3-multi-site-installation

Twitter’s inane chatter and Media140 – Telegraph Blogs

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/kateday/9840187/Twitters_inane_chatter_and_Media140

  • The basic principles of journalism don’t seem to be changing; the way stories are told is changing all the time. Have a look Adam Westbrook’s project One Week In Iraq or this remarkable film about the art of videojournalism. Reading online is becoming a richer experience as people find new ways to use pictures, video, audio and so on.

    Twitter, with its speed and ability to forge strong connections, undoubtedly has a part to play in journalism. Almost certainly another product will be making headlines in the future but the principle of building a network by engaging with people will surely live on in some form.

    Twitter is just a tool. Like all tools it has its uses but it can’t do everything or even most things. But unlike some journalistic tools, Twitter and other digital innovations, just might have uses that very few people have thought of yet. That is what I am hoping to find out tomorrow.

God hates Twitter – Blogs – Yahoo! Canada Tech

http://ca.tech.yahoo.com/blogs/the_working_guy/rss/article/3557

  • Leave it to God to spoil the party: The Catholic churches of Scotland are speaking out against Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking technologies, which are being decried by the Church as creating an “obsessive” reliance in their users.

    A message from Bishop Tartaglia, president of a Bishops’ Conference of Scotland communications group, has been sent to the 500 Catholic parishes of Scotland with instructions that it be read aloud at mass in every church.

    Tartaglia writes that “we need to be wary of the inane chatter that can go on in the digital world which does nothing to promote growth in understanding and tolerance.” In other words: Idle hands, when outfitted with a Twitter account, truly do perform the devil’s work.

    The letter goes on to complain that e-friendships are poor substitutes for those in the real world and that “we should avoid an obsessive need for virtual connectedness and develop primary human relationships, pursuing true friendship with real people.”

    As well, the letter naturally wonders about the safety of our children on social networking sites, worried that the minions of Satan may be on the other end of the virtual conversation.

    This is hardly the first time the Catholic Church has dabbled in technological matters. In March, the faithful were urged to give up SMS messaging for Lent, and even the Pope has his own YouTube channel. A Catholic-centric social network, Xt3.com, also exists.

    Which technologies are bad and which are good? That’s a question only you — with the help of your priest, perhaps — can answer.

    Amen.

Social Media is the 3rd Era of the Web

http://socialfresh.com/social-media-is-the-3rd-era-of-the-web

  • What the above graph shows is that we’re at an inflection point in the language we use to describe the macro trends of innovation on the web. I believe it’s the indicator that we’re in the 3rd Era of the Web and it’s The Era of Social Media.
  • What’s also interesting is that the decline of Web 2.0 and the rise of social media are connected. Since Facebook has hit the scene, the original social media tools have peaked in usage: blogs, wikis, forums and RSS.
  • What all of this means to business is that social is the innovation to invest in. I’ll be writing more posts about how to invest in social. Next up: News Feed Optimization (NFO). Since Facebook gets more visits and sends more traffic to news sites already, then developing a news feed strategy is critical for traffic dependent sites. NFO is the new SEO.

Upgrading / moving WordPress 2.9 installs to multisite WP 3.0 « Mixu’s tech blog

http://blog.mixu.net/2010/05/23/upgrading-moving-wordpress-2-9-installs-to-multisite-wp-3-0

  • Moving the posts, links, comments and terms to WP 3.0 is quite easy. A table-by-table comparison shows that the main tables have identical structures (comparison between a 2.9.2 site and 3.0 beta 2). This means that we can use SQL for the migration. Alternatively, you could export and import (see the functionality under Tools -> Export / Import).

    In WP 3.0, the tables are sharded – each blog has it’s own set of tables, and the id of the blog is used as a part of the table name: for example, wp_2_commentmeta is the wp_commentmeta table for the multisite blog with id=2. Find out what the blog_id for your blog is, and use it in the SQL queries below.

HOW TO: Use Social Media at Events « WhatGives!? Do Something Good…

http://www.whatgives.com/2010/06/17/how-to-use-social-media-at-events

  • Five Fun Ideas to Incorporate Social Media into Your Event!

     

    • Photos = Instant Social Media Promotion

    Don’t stress about twitpic-ing or facebook album-ing every single moment that happens.  Instead, focus on telling people where they can find the photos.  Hand out cards, bracelets, whatever it takes to get them to remember.  People love seeing photos of themselves, so make it as easy as possible for people to find them when they get home, and be sure to personalize each photo description and tag your guests if possible.

    • Hold a Mini Video Contest

    Here’s an idea. Instead of having someone in your organization video record the event, turn the responsibility over to your network.  Nowadays, many people carry iPhones, FlipCams, and other devices with which they can easily create (quality!) videos.  Challenge them to give their own event wrap up, interview a fellow attendee, vlog about the event, or anything else along those lines.  Think they’ll need incentive?  Reward with recognition – you can promise that you’ll post the video on your nonprofit’s homepage, show it at your next event, etc.

    • Create a Virtual Presence for Virtual Attendees

    You can do a number of fun things to make those not able to attend feel connected.  Livestreaming your event (Ustream anyone?), setting up a formspring page so people can ask a speaker or celebrity questions, blogging or tweeting about the event while you’re there, these are all ways you can make others feel a part of the fun.

    • Take Advantage of Foursquare

    Are your supporters using Foursquare or Gowalla?  Maybe, maybe not.  Encourage them to start by setting up the location ahead of time, and be sure to tweet it out.  People will catch on.  You could take it to the next level by partnering with a local restaurant to create a giveaway, or even better, a donation. “Whoever is the mayor at 4PM gets to choose where this $1000 donation from X’s restaurant goes!”

    • Create a Physical Twitter Wall/Stream

    A Twitter Stream is fun when you have a concert, or any event with a large crowd gathered in a central location.  You basically set up a #hashtag that lets people view any tweets that use that particular hashtag – and you display it live at the event.  Trust me, people will get creative with it if you encourage them to.

WordPress 3.0 Walkthrough: Getting Started with Multisite « Weblog Tools Collection

http://weblogtoolscollection.com/archives/2010/06/02/wordpress-3-multisite

  • Multisite is the most talked about new feature in WordPress 3.0 – the WordPress team has folded the functionality of WordPress Multiuser into the main WordPress project. So how do you use it?

    This tutorial assumes your are comfortable using FTP clients such as Filezilla and doing basic edits of WordPress files.

WordPress › Support » Multiple installs/blogs upgrade to 3.0 multisite

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/404321

  • Pick which one is going to be the main install, the mother ship if you will.
    Set up the sub-blogs as placeholders for now.
    Go to the other installs. Export the content.
    Go back to the sub-blogs. Import each one.
    Move over all the plugins & themes from the other installs into the one 3.0 install. you only need one copy of each, so if half of your other installs all used the same contact form, you just need one copy now.
    If you have a bunch of users on the others blogs, there’s no easy way to bring them over. you can add each one to the main install manually though, then assign them to the right sub-blogs.

    okay, so now you should have subdomain or subfolder copies of all your other blogs. you need to *map* your domains to them.

    Get the domain mapping plugin. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/
    Set it up like this:
    http://wpwebhost.com/using-multiple-domains-with-wordpress-mu/
    Yes it works the exact same way.

    Go back server side to the old installs. You won’t be able to access it via the domain anymore, but often yourIPaddress/~username/cpanel/ works. Clean up & delete the old stuff.

Version 3.0 « WordPress Codex

http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_3.0

WORLD Magazine | Colson: Stanley should resign | Edward E. Plowman | Jul 01, 00

http://www.worldmag.com/articles/3984

  • Anna Stanley first sued for divorce in 1995. That August, Mr. Stanley stepped down from administrative duties at the church and told his congregation if and when the divorce became final, he would resign. The church’s rules prohibit men from serving as deacons or ministers if they are divorced. However, the deacons intervened and by a vote of 35 to 3 recommended the congregation retain him as pastor. Nearly 90 percent of about 5,000 members at an October 1995 meeting voted to accept the deacons’ recommendation. (The church was in the process of relocating to the northern suburbs; an expensive new complex was underway.) In protest, some members and several senior staff resigned-including Mr. Stanley’s son Andy, who said his father should have left the pulpit. Andy Stanley a few months later founded North Point Community Church, today a booming church in nearby Dunwoody. Mrs. Stanley agreed to withdraw the divorce suit and work for a reconciliation. Things seemed hopeful by 1998, then fell apart again. Last February, she again filed for divorce, and a judge issued a final decree May 11, ending the 44-year union. Mr. Stanley partly blamed “childhood difficulties.” He didn’t say whose. No one has alleged infidelity. Mr. Stanley repeatedly rejected counsel of evangelical leaders who suggested he take a year or two away from the pulpit “to get his life together.” Three different sources confirmed this to WORLD but none would speak for the record and none would be more specific for fear of betraying confidences. (WORLD tried to reach Mr. Stanley for comment, but his assistant said the minister declines to speak with reporters about the matter.)

Charles Stanley Divorce – What were the grounds for Charles Stanley’s divorce? | Child Custody Blog

http://www.childcustodycoach.com/blog/?p=147

  • Sadly, after several years of separation Charles Stanley’s 44 year marriage to his wife Ann Stanley ended in divorce in May 2000. For many, the grounds for Charles Stanley’s divorce still remains unclear leaving many wondering what were the grounds for Charles Stanley’s divorce.

    Reportedly, Charles Stanley’s wife, Anna Stanley, originally filed for divorce on 6/22/93 following their separation in the spring of 1992, but the two agreed Anna would amend the lawsuit to seek a legal separation instead (”separate maintenance”) while seeking reconciliation. Ann Stanley again filed for divorce on 3/20/95. Charles Stanley told the congregation in 1995, “If my wife divorces me, I would resign immediately.” Reportedly, Ann Stanley agreed to withdraw the divorce suit and work towards reconciliation. Things reportedly seemed hopeful by 1998, then fell apart again. In February 2000, she again filed for divorce, and a judge issued a final decree May 11, 2000 ending the 44-year marriage. Charles Stanley partly blamed “childhood difficulties.” But the grounds for Charles Stanely’s divorce was reported to be the marriage was “irretrievably broken.” Reportedly, Charles Stanley remained eligible to be pastor of First Baptist Church as long as he did not remarry.

13 Church Video Ideas for YouTube | Bulk Email marketing Tips & Services

http://www.hellomails.com/blog/?p=16318

  • 11. Video used in your church services: Does you church use videos during the services. Why not post them online?
    12. Commenting on current events: This can have the benefit of using the pop culture and hot topics of the day to reach more people. But be careful of divisive issues, such as the political topics. I’m not saying you can make a political statement, but you risk turning people off your church and the ultimate message of your church, Jesus Christ. Remember, Christ died for Republicans and Democrats alike.
    13. Video Contests: Have a contest for youth or some other group to create videos about a particular subject or about the church and then post the videos. This can be a great way to make several videos, get the congregation involved, and have a great time.

Church Marketing – YouTube and the Church – Should They Go Together?

http://ezinearticles.com/?Church-Marketing—YouTube-and-the-Church—Should-They-Go-Together?&id=2797984

  • No surprise that more and more churches are using YouTube!

    The trick is determining the right kind of video to upload, and then finding a way to for people to want to see it. Because when this article was created, if you put the term “church” in the YouTube search engine, it returned over 626,000 entries. So you need to separate yourself from the rest of the clutter.

    What types of videos do I post?

    Sometimes churches have some difficulty thinking of videos to share. Do you already have videos of activities that have happened at your church? Below are just some ideas that will get you started. Be creative. You don’t need a pro to capture these moments. Most churches have plenty of talented people in their congregations that can perform this service. If so, you are just one click away from being able to upload those videos to YouTube.

Why Every Church Leader Should Be on Facebook « MEDIA SALT

http://www.mediasalt.com/2010/06/10/why-every-church-leader-should-be-on-facebook

  • Facebook is a strategic tool you can leverage to build relationships beyond your face-to-face contact on Sunday.  I am not asking any leader to invest a ton of time here – leaders are all really busy.  What I am suggesting is that Church is all about community.  You may or may not be a fan of online community (it is not as authentic as many make it out to be) but at this point, Facebook is a widely adopted sub-section of community in today’s media saturated world.  Upwards of 60-70% of your congregation is on Facebook every week.  By investing a few minutes a day, by responding appropriately and strategically, you can expand the boarders of your relational ministry care.

    As a church leader, I have done these things and they work.  Grow your church community with more meaningful, authentic, and personalized relationships.  People need you to care.  Facebook is one tool that can help you build the deeper Christ-centered community you desire.

How do you use social media with church ministry? – Church – daveramsey.com

http://www.daveramsey.com/article/how-do-you-use-social-media-with-church-ministry/lifeandmoney_church/churchtext3

  • We attempt to use social media tools to drive our members to action. For example, get them to register for an event, invite their friends, post info on their FB or Twitter account, attend an event. Quick and easy way to get the word out.

    Kevin Miller February 10 2010 10:56 PM 

    We utilize a series of social mediums. I populate all of these mediums with Twitter from my iPhone. E-mail, text, website, facebook, and other sites are instantly updated from one tweet. I also micro blog out of town youth events for parents (including pictures from my phone) Overall, I treat social media as a secondary means compared to face to face interaction.

    Zach February 09 2010 8:36 PM 

    I personally use it as a tool to allow my congregation to see my personality, family and life outside of worship services. Church-wide we use facebook and twitter to promote events and what is happening our community. Fb has also proven to help members connect with one another.

    Terry Rolen February 09 2010 4:00 PM 

    We use facebook and twitter for two primary reasons. 1) To share church news/updates with our folks. 2) For small group members to connect with each other over the web.

How to use Facebook at Your Church – Christian Reformed Church

http://network.crcna.org/content/web/how-use-facebook-your-church

  • “If it isn’t on Facebook, it hasn’t really happened,” a friend‘s daughter told me. Although it’s said jokingly, if something is that vital to people, doesn’t it make sense to look for ways that God can use it? Most of you probably have heard of Facebook, but a brief description may be helpful. When you describe Facebook, you have to use the words “social network”. A social network is an online service that enables groups of people to communicate and to grow communities.

Church Website Help » Blog Archive » How much does your church use Facebook? The answer might surprise you.

http://www.churchwebsitehelp.com/200810/does-your-church-use-facebook

  • I’ve known for a while that our church had a variety of Facebook “groups”.  I had set up a church-wide group, and there were at least a handful of youth-related groups.  I figured maybe 8 or 10 total.  Wow, was I wrong.

    I’ve spent the last few days searching, and I’ve found 42 groups so far!  It’s crazy.  About half of them (22) are by/for students, a few Sunday School classes have their own, our music ministry has 7 groups, our Academy has 3, and then there are a few others.  Even our MOPS ladies made their own group!

How to Make a Facebook Page for your Church | eHow.com

http://www.ehow.com/how_4710234_facebook-page-church.html

  • This is an easy, fun and up-to-date way of keeping your church and its members communicating.
  • This is a very easy and free way to let all of your members know what is going on.

The Guide To Earning Extra Income From The iTunes Music Store

http://www.higgs.com/publications/affiliate-itunes.html

  • Once you have become a LinkShare member, the next step is to apply to become an Apple iTunes affiliate. Click on the tab that says “Join Programs” and search for “Apple” or “iTunes”. You will see the iTunes Music Store as on of the available programs. Once you see the iTunes Music Store program, do the following:

Top 4 The Greatest WordPress Plugins » Istanto Blogs

http://www.istanto.net/top-4-the-greatest-wordpress-plugin.html

  • This is mostly the best plugins for low consuming CPU usage and Memory usage, when your blog in shared hosting and you got lot of traffic daily mean you’re in trouble, sometimes bad hosting company will kick you out or they will offer you going for dedicated server. It might not problem if you have money to spend but if you don’t then this plugins should help you reduce CPU usage and Memory usage. very easy in configuration, It also make your Blog loading faster!

php: hiding full paths in error messages – DreamHost Forum

http://forum.dreamhosters.com/programming/45191-php-hiding-full-paths-in-error-messages.htm

  • ini_set(‘display_errors’, ‘off’);
  • ini_set(‘log_errors’, ‘on’);
    ini_set(‘error_log’, ‘error.log’):

Hide PHP errors using htaccess

http://zeo.unic.net.my/hide-php-errors-using-htaccess

  • To disable or switch it off (assuming that you’re on a shared hosting which have limited super power), simply add php_flag display_errors off in your .htaccess file.

How to solve wordpress memory exhausted problem – Go Boxy

http://www.goboxy.com/wordpress/how-to-solve-wordpress-memory-exhausted-problem

  • After researching online and learning that I am not alone with this issue, I deployed a threefold defense strategy to eliminate future memory conflicts related to the now-infamous cache.php pandemic. First, open the file wp-includes/cache.php and place the following code immediately after the opening <?php tag:
    1
    
    ini_set('memory_limit','32M'); // set memory to prevent fatal errors

    After that, create an htaccess file for the wp-includes directory and insert the following directive:

    1
    2
    
    # set memory limit for cache.php
    php_value memory_limit 32M

    Finally, create a local php.ini file in the same directory (wp-includes) and insert this:

    1
    2
    
    ;; set memory limit for ca

WordPress › Support » Fatal error in Dashboard Widgets (memory exhausted)

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/372715

  • define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);

15 ways for churches to use Twitter | Communicate Jesus

http://www.communicatejesus.com/2009/07/15-ways-for-churches-to-use-twitter

  • 15 ways for churches to use Twitter

    by Steven Kryger on 07. Jul, 2009 in for Churchesfor Outreachfor Pastors

    This afternoon I came across “17 ways to use Twitter – a Guide for Beginners, Marketers and Business owners” (thanks @pollystreet). The article is a good read for churches too, but I thought I’d add to the discussion with some more ideas for using Twitter for ministry. Here’s 15, in no particular order, that I’ve sent out from my church’s account – @cbtbkirribilli.

    1. Tweet about upcoming church activities (e.g. “Community lunch this Sunday at 12.30pm. Come along, meet local members of our community, enjoy tasty food”.)
    2. Tweet to encourage church members to read beforehand, the Bible passages that will be preached at church on the weekend.
    3. Tweet a passage of Scripture (e.g. “Jesus – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”. Matthew 22 verse 37″)

Newest Board Members | South Shore Christian Academy

http://www.southshorechristian.org/news/08/05/29

  • Dr. Walter Kim, Minister of Adult Education, Park Street Church, Boston, MA

    Dr. Walter Kim

    Piercing gray skies, the white steeple of Park Street church stands at the Tremont Street corner of the Boston Commons. Devoted to evangelical scholarship and international missions, Park Street Church continues to minister to Boston and the entire world. The mind is invaluable and the Christian mind is one of the mission fields that Park Street does not want to ignore. That is why it values thinking about faith and the life and mind of being a Christian.

    Countless students populate the Boston area and hundreds of them attend the Park Street Church. Education is vital and “having a distinctly Christian worldview is not natural”, states Dr. Walter Kim, minister of Adult Education at Park Street Church. “There seems to be a disconnect between what is learned on Sundays and what occupies the way of thinking the rest of the week.” As a member of Park Street’s staff, Dr. Kim along with other staff members serves to bridge this gap.

    For three years after graduating from Northwestern University, Walter Kim served with Campus Crusade for Christ and ministered to the students at Yale University. Because the Christian mind is as valuable as the Christian body and soul, Mr. Kim went on to study God’s word in greater depth at Regent in Vancouver, Canada, where he pursued a Master’s of Divinity degree and pastored a church.

    Nearing the end of his degree program, Dr. Kim applied to Ph.D. programs with the intention to teach in secular universities. He deeply understood the need for Christian influence in higher education. His invitation to Harvard’s Ph.D program of Near Eastern Languages brought Dr. Kim and his wife to Boston about ten years ago.

    This past November, Dr. Kim agreed to join South Shore Christian Academy as a member of the board. “Christian schools are a place where the shaping of the mind and a Christian worldview takes place. This is a vital part of the kingdom of God,” explains Kim.

    As a board member, Dr. Kim is committed to prayer for South Shore Christian Academy. He serves to provide counsel that is faithful to God and the vision of the school. He desires to help SSCA flourish so that the students will flourish and thrive.

    Dr. Kim and his wife have been married for thirteen years. They have two children, Nathan, age 5 and Naomi, age 3. In addition to ministering in adult education, the Kim’s are also committed to the people with disabilities at Park Street, “the entire body of Christ benefits from what people with disabilities teach us of what it means to be human and redeemed.”

When Google Fails, Yahoo & Ask.com Win: Study

http://searchengineland.com/when-google-fails-yahoo-ask-win-44209?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+searchengineland+%28Search+Engine+Land%29

  • Users who first searched at Google chose Yahoo for the follow-up search almost 50% of the time, which is perhaps not much of a surprise. But that Ask.com grabbed more than 30% of presumably unsuccessful Google searches is a surprise; that’s almost double Bing’s 16.4%.

Counterfeit Gods – Timothy Keller : Firwood Church

http://www.firwoodchurch.com/resources/review-central/book-reviews/counterfeit-gods-timothy-keller

  • We are still driven by a desire to be beautiful, desirable and to be loved. We still lust after success, power and influence. We remain obsessed and driven by our passion for wealth, money and financial security. We have conned ourselves that we have moved beyond the superstitious preoccupations of our forefathers and yet we all continue to worship at the shrines of Aphrodite, Artemis and Dionysus, only now masked by other names.

    This critique of Western culture and the ideology which lies beneath it is masterful. Dr Keller engages with the philosophical and ideological presuppositions which , most of the time, go unnoticed and yet permeate everything, shaping the way in which we see the world.

Holiday photos: 8 clever tips, tricks and online trends

http://hubpages.com/hub/Holiday-photos-8-clever-tips–tricks-and-online-trends

  • This relatively nascent Microsoft software is still only being used by a small number of tech-savvie photographers, but don’t let that put you off. Photosynth allows you to create three-dimensional visualisations using digital photographs – you take a bunch of pictures of one view/object and this software creates an interactive montage.

    It’s similar to the photo stitch/merge function that you get on many cameras and software programmes to stitch together a series of adjoining photos (see my effort here using a Nikon D80 and Apple laptop) – but Photosynth adds an extra dimension.

    The pictures don’t look very clever at first viewing, but click around and you can get inside a landscape or view from all sorts of angles.

Barack Obama Inauguration and CNN use of Photosynth « Francesco Lapenta’s Logs – Visual Sociology & Visual Studies

http://francescolapenta.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/barack-obama-inauguration-and-cnn-use-of-photosynth

  • UPDATE: and there you go! It was a rather banal application of Photosynth, the special occasion and world wide distribution of the picture will sure make this picture a favorite among the examples of scholars that will flock on the subject. Collective Image Making it is, one more reason to read my article -teaser- and the final article (which is way more juicy then the teaser) about the evolution and the implications of these new forms of Image Making

    this is the link to “the moment”

Tell | Sarah Markley

http://www.sarahmarkley.com/tell

  • I am me.  Read me for a few days or weeks and I think you’ll get to know me quite well.  In this Life 2.0 when so many of us are all digital it seems, sometimes I just want to be me without the Twitter, Facebook and blogging.  I sometimes even want to throw my iPhone in the ocean and see if it will sink or if it might float.

How to use Apple Keynote Remote on your iPhone without WiFi | iTalk Magazine

http://italkmagazine.com/using-apple-keynote-remote-without-wifi

  • On your iPhone, flip on wifi, and you should now see your Ad-Hoc network (in my case Mr K Laptop) in the wifi list. Select this (enter password if you set that up) and return to the home screen. Launch Keynote Remote and Keynote 09 on your Mac. Your iPhone should now see Keynote on the Mac & you can launch your presentation.

    I was able to present – and there was no wifi present :)

Do Leadership and Social Media Go Hand in Hand? – Advertising Age – CMO Strategy

https://adage.com/cmostrategy/article?article_id=144324

  • Essentially about “how leaders must let go to succeed,” this Wiley-published book is an important, perhaps urgent, read, especially if you’re serious about moving social media up the enterprise value chain. Part social-media primer, part execution guide and part leadership compass, the book is a smart read for anyone looking navigate the choppy, rarely predictable waters of business change.

The Open-Source Church « David Housholder’s Journal

http://robinwoodchurch.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/the-open-source-church

  • 5) The monopolies on resources (remember that standard-issue icon: the official denominational hymnbook?) will disappear. Books will always be with us, but they will be produced POD (print on demand) and new media will proliferate.

    6) Pastors who cannot attract large followings in social media will need to look for something else to do vocationally. They won’t have the chops to make it in the brave new world. If you can’t attract sheep, you’re probably not a shepherd.

About : Production

http://production.marshillchurch.org/about

  • This website exists as a resource to equip volunteers at the various MHC campuses by providing full system design documentation and answers to frequently asked questions. At the same time this website also aims to serve the greater Church community by giving a window into our systems, history, past and current projects, and equipment decisions.

Top 50 Companies That Make the Best Use of Facebook | pamorama

http://www.pamorama.net/2009/12/02/top-50-companies-that-make-the-best-use-of-facebook

  • Slate’s TheBigMoney.com has devised a ranking of companies based on their social media engagment. The list ranks the top 50 companies that are making the best use of Facebook, with Coca-Cola and Starbucks leading the pack.

50 Informative and Well-Designed Infographics | Inspiration

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/50-informative-and-well-designed-infographics

  • Information graphics or better known as infographics are visual explanation of data, information or knowledge. These graphics are excellent visual tools for explaining huge amounts of information where complex data needs to be explained immediately and clearly. Let me show you how Rick Mans explain how infographics ease the process of communicating conceptual information

20+ mind-blowing social media statistics revisited | Econsultancy

http://econsultancy.com/blog/5324-20+-mind-blowing-social-media-statistics-revisited

  • Facebook claims that 50% of active users log into the site each day. This would mean at least 175m users every 24 hours… A considerable increase from the previous 120m.
  • Twitter now has 75m user accounts, but only around 15m are active users on a regular basis. It’s still a fair increase from the estimated 6-10m global users from a few months ago.
  • LinkedIn has over 50m members worldwide. This means an increase of around 1m members month-on-month since July/August last year.
  • Facebook currently has in excess of 350 million active users on global basis. Six months ago, this was 250m… meaning around a 40% increase of users in less than half a year.
  • Flickr now hosts more than 4bn images. A massive jump from the previous 3.6bn I wrote about.
  • More than 35m Facebook users update their status each day. This is 5m more than towards the end of July, 2009.
  • Wikipedia currently has in excess of 14m articles, meaning that it’s 85,000 contributors have written nearly a million new posts in six months.
  • Photo uploads to Facebook have increased by more than 100%. Currently, there are around 2.5bn uploads to the site each month – this was around a billion last time I covered this.
  • There are more than 70 translations available on Facebook. Last time around, this was only 50.
  • Back in 2009, the average user had 120 friends within Facebook. This is now around 130.
  • Mobile is even bigger than before for Facebook, with more than 65m users accessing the site through mobile-based devices. In six months, this is over 100% increase. (Previously 30m). As before, it’s no secret that users who access Facebook through mobile devices are almost 50% more active than those who don’t.

Is Social Media Just A Fad? (STATS, VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/10/social-media-statistics-s_n_569816.html

  • – 96% of millennials have joined a social network.

    – Social media has overtaken porn as the number one activity on the web.

    – 1 out of 8 couples married in US met via social media.

    – The fastest growing segment on Facebook is females 55 to 65 years old

    Story continues below

    – It took radio 38 years, TV 13 years, the Internet 4 years, and the iPod 3 years to reach 50 million users–while Facebook reportedly added 200 million users in under a year.

    The Socialnomics video seems intended to convince businesses to invest in their social media strategy–“25% of search results for the world’s top 20 largest brands are links to user generated content and 34% of bloggers post opinions about products and brands,” the YouTube clip warns, asking “Do you like what they are saying about your brand?”

    Here’s another caveat: The video fails to cite its statistics, so take them with a grain of salt.

How to Add Transitions to Objects in Keynote 09 « Keynote

http://keynote.maccreate.com/2009/04/30/how-to-add-transitions-to-objects-in-keynote-09

  • Keynote 09 is an incredible presentation application. It allows you to display information on screen as elegantly as possible. Your presentation is not about just quickly showing an object on a slide and letting it appear and disappear. Keynote 09 allows you to do a lot more than that by adding transitional effects, ensuring your presentation is dynamic and interesting. There are twenty seven different and powerful effects to choose from.

    This tutorial will show you where they are, how to use them and how to customize your presentation to make it so unique and interesting it will not be forgotten.

To Those Who Suffer

http://www.tothosewhosuffer.org

  • Suffering = Need
    Need = Intense interaction with the Lord
    Intense interaction with the Lord = Better understanding of God
    Better understanding of God = Christlike character
    Christlike character = Blessing

Sysomos | In-Depth Look at the 5% of Most Active Twitter

http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/mostactiveusers

  • Among the things that we discovered about the most active Twitter users are that:
    • Of the most active Twitter users updating more than 150 times/day, nearly all of them are bots operated by sources such as hotels offering deals, regional and national news services, regional weather services, the top news within Digg, games, anim services, tags within del.icio.us and financial aggregators. These very active bots account for one-quarter of all tweets.
    • Among the most active Twitter users with more than 50,000 followers, we find singer Tyrese (@tyrese4real), actress Alyssa Milano (@alyssa_milano), celebrity Tila Tequila (@officialtila), tv host Jonathan Ross (@wossy) and evangelist Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki).
    • 60.6% of the most active Twitter users live in the United States, while 6.9% are located in the U.K, 4.7% in Japan, and 4.3% in Canada.

How important is Social Media? « Micah Foster

http://micahfoster.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/how-important-is-social-media

  • Why does social media matter?

    First, social media is a game changer. Right now the community-wide water cooler is social media, predominantly Facebook.

    This is where people talk about their lives, their needs, what’s important to them, their struggles and their victories. The church needs to be “hearing” these things and then responding when appropriate. It’s a window into the lives of your people and the people you are trying to reach. No longer are you dependent on someone calling you to deliver news; there’s a constant stream of it right there in front of you.

    A second reason is relevance: a relevant church knows and understands the things that impact its people and its community. If you’re in a farming community you should know all about rainfall, government subsidies and all the other things that affect your community. If you’re in a suburb it’s typically all about the schools and the ball fields. Social media is bigger than all that because wherever you live it encompasses every single part of daily life. Being part of that shows you care, that you get it, and that you’re not out of touch.

Twitter: how often do you tweet? | The Sign-Up.to Blog

http://blog.sign-up.to/2010/02/23/twitter-how-often-do-you-tweet

  • In other Twitter news, Mashable today reported  some new Twitter statistics from the research company, Neilsen. According to their recent research, 7% of Twitter users are what they call heavy users (i.e. they spend over 60 minutes on the service every month) and account for 79% of time spent on Twitter. In comparison, 52% of Facebook’s users are heavy users and they account for 98% of the total UK time spent on the website.

The Twitter Marketing Blog: How Often Should You Tweet? A Mathematical Discussion of Twitter Frequency

http://www.thetwittermarketingblog.com/2009/08/how-often-should-you-tweet-mathematical.html

  • So when I log in to Twitter, I see different names all the time…with a few exceptions. And those exceptions are the people who are keeping their name and marketing message in front of as many people as possible.

    So how often is often enough? The answer to that question could probably be calculated with some certainty using a mathematical formula of that considered the number of users your followers each follow. Unfortunately, most Twitter users have many followers, which would make this a difficult and time consuming task.

Wrapping Text Around Images « WordPress Codex

http://codex.wordpress.org/Wrapping_Text_Around_Images

  • img.alignright {float:right; margin:0 0 1em 1em} img.alignleft {float:left; margin:0 1em 1em 0} img.aligncenter {display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto} a img.alignright {float:right; margin:0 0 1em 1em} a img.alignleft {float:left; margin:0 1em 1em 0} a img.aligncenter {display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto}

Displaying Posts Using a Custom Select Query « WordPress Codex

http://codex.wordpress.org/Displaying_Posts_Using_a_Custom_Select_Query

  • The practical example, outlined below, demonstrates a process of selecting all posts with a particular Custom Field value stored, and displaying them in a Page based on a Page Template. Originally, this code was used to implement a post tagging plugin, which allowed organizing posts in less structured collections than the WordPress Categories. Your own usage may be very different, but the content and example should still give you a useful introduction to the general process involved.

WordPress › Support » Getting Custom Fields to link to a page listing all pages with that custom field

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/331247

  • Using categories or tags would be nice because you can have hierarchy with categories and both allow you to present links (e.g. with the_tags or the_category) that when clicked on take you to archives (other posts) that match that particular category or tag. But thinking about it, not sure that categories or tags are the right solution for you.

    Two other possibilities:
    1. Using Custom Fields along with a plugin such as Custom Field Taxonomies. This plugin uses the word Taxonomies but it is different than what’s discussed in then next option. The nice thing about Custom Fields is the fact there are quite a few plugins available that give you good control over the entry (add/edit post) of that data (Author, Composer, etc)

    2. Use a relatively new thing, called custom taxonomies. Post categories, tags, and link categories are the native WordPress taxonomies. With the help of a plugin such as Simple Taxonomies or Custom Taxonomies, you might find better access to your posts. Taxonomies can have hierarchy (parent/child/grandchild relationships) if that is important.

In Praise of WordPress Template Tags, Part II: The Magazine Layout | Darren Hoyt Dot Com

http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2007/07/24/in-praise-of-wordpress-template-tags-part-ii-the-magazine-layout

  • In Praise of WordPress Template Tags, Part II: The Magazine Layout

    Previously, we saw how WordPress can capably handle data more like a small-scale CMS than a traditional blog, assuming the developer is willing to get creative with some Template Tags and The Loop. With that in mind, let’s move toward a more sophisticated homepage concept.

China Church’s Reps Visit New York, Announce Plan for Bible Exhibition | Gospelherald.net-Chinese Christian News Online

http://www.gospelherald.net/article/church/46331/china-church-s-reps-visit-new-york-announce-plan-for-bible-exhibition.htm

  • Rev. Gao Feng, general secretary of Chinese Christian Council (CCC), revealed their plan to host the second “China Bible Exhibition” in October of next year in Washington D.C. and Dallas, Texas, at a meeting hosted by New York Theological Education Center on May 13.

    Besides Feng, members of the visitation team include Rev. Pao Jia Yuan, vice general secretary of CCC, Presbyter En-Lin Oh, vice director of CCC’s overseas contact department, Jin-Ching Gu, secretary of CCC’s overseas contact department, and director of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs of Christian sector.

Hong Kong’s Protestant Churches Blooming | Gospelherald.net-Chinese Christian News Online

http://www.gospelherald.net/article/church/46386/hong-kongs-protestant-churches-blooming.htm

  • Protestant churches in Hong Kong are blooming with an annual growth rate 6.2% over the last five years and the number of Protestants in the former British colony drawing close to 300,000.

Christians in Mainland Hold Faith Forums and Festival for Lunar New Year | Gospelherald.net-Chinese Christian News Online

http://www.gospelherald.net/article/mcat/46059/christians-in-mainland-hold-faith-forums-and-festival-for-lunar-new-year.htm

  • Shenzhen Christian Church business fellowship was founded in January 2006; their membership grew exponentially, where presently they have 50 co-workers and their gatherings sometimes reach as many as 1,500 participants.

Hong Kong Megachurch Pastors Speak of Ministering in Challenging Times | Gospelherald.net-Chinese Christian News Online

http://www.gospelherald.net/article/mcat/45617/hong-kong-megachurch-pastors-speak-of-ministering-in-challenging-times.htm

  • Rev. Patrick So Wing-chi, senior pastor of EFCC Yan Fook church, Rev. Peter Ho, senior pastor of EFCC Tung Fook Church, and Rev. Leung Wing-sin, senior pastor of Remembrance of Grace Church each shared their experiences and reflections on ministering at a two day seminar on pastoral care held at the Divinity of School at Chung Chi College from Sept. 21-22.

WP-Devel Plugin for WordPress | WebDevStudios.com

http://webdevstudios.com/support/wordpress-plugins/wp-devel-plugin-for-wordpress

  • Hot off the press is our latest plugin and this one is geared toward developers! The WP-Devel plugin for WordPress features a ton of debug options to help developers. Debug information is easily turned on/off from the WP-Devel toolbar.

    wp-devel-toolbarIncluded debug information:

    • Show template file viewing
    • Display page/query load times
    • Display all queries executed w/ load times
    • Enable WP_Debug
    • Show all phpinfo

BuddyPress Registration Options Plugin | WebDevStudios.com

http://webdevstudios.com/support/wordpress-plugins/buddypress-registration-options

  • A WordPress BuddyPress plugin that allows for new member moderation, if moderation is turned on from the admin settings page, any new members will be blocked from interacting with any buddypress elements (except editing their own profile and uploading their avatar) and will not be listed in any directory until an administrator approves or denies their account. This plugin also creates bp profile field checkbox groups on the /register page from checked off groups or blogs in the admin settings section so any new members can join one or more groups or blogs that you specify at registration. If moderation is turned on admins can create custom display messages and email alert messages for approved or denied accounts.

Top 20 WordPress Authors & most popular plugins for 2009

http://wordpresspluginguide.com/plugin-info/wordpress-tips-tricks/top-20-wordpress-2009

  • Let’s take a look at the most popular WordPress plugins. Below you will find the top 20 of the most downloaded WP plugins up to 1/1/2010, ordered by total number of downloads at WordPress.org (number of downloads is updated in realtime). Below the small description of each plugin you can find links which go to the plugin’s homepage, or you can download the plugin directly from WordPress.org.

What is Carrington? The Q&A – Carrington

http://carringtontheme.com/2009/08/what-is-carrington-the-qa

  • Carrington is a new (we think better) way of organizing a WordPress theme, coupled with a core framework engine that provides a bunch of exciting functionality for free, just by creating different named templates.

    The Carrington framework is a completely additive framework. It builds on the existing core WordPress theme structure and functionality and uses core WordPress theme functions for easy adoption by experienced theme authors.

    You can even use the Carrington framework selectively when creating a theme, more on this later.

Why Custom Post Types are Great | alexking.org

http://alexking.org/blog/2010/05/19/why-custom-post-types-are-great

  • WordPress 3.0 will introduce a simple programatic way for developers to create custom post types. I’ve seen people talking at length about this feature, but most discussion focuses on how you can have a custom display for certain content, support custom URL structures or manage content differently. These things aren’t new – they are all things you could do previously without too much trouble by using a little custom code with taxonomies or post meta (especially with the Carrington framework).

    No, the real power of custom post types is more subtle – it removes those posts from default queries.

    Selecting posts based on certain criteria has always been pretty straightforward in WordPress. What has been hard has been excluding that content from all default queries (home, archives, category, feeds, comment feeds, etc.). By using a custom post type, you can easily exclude content from these default queries, and this is a huge win.

WordPress › Support » [Plugin: CSV Importer] Updating/appending posts

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/334211

  • YMO: Okay, I can see how updating posts instead of deleting and re-importing can be convenient. But I think that CSV Importer is simply the wrong tool for the job. What you need is not a tool to import content, which is sort of a one time procedure, but a kind of CMS built on top of WordPress that keeps all of it’s data in CSV file(s). Different paradigm, I’m afraid. True, you could pile this up on top of CSV Importer, but I seriously doubt that it could be both general-purpose and pretty. I’ll definitely consider implementing something like this, though.

Jazz Up Your Site: 28 Ways To Use WordPress Custom Fields : Performancing

http://performancing.com/jazz_up_your_site__28_ways_to_use_wordpress_custom_fields

  • You create a custom field, then choose on a post by post basis what information you will add. That information can be manipulated by custom WP/PHP code to present additional textual or visual content when a visitor views a post page. To summarize:
    1. Add metadata for reporting or other purposes.
    2. Add visually cohesive elements to your site.
    3. Manipulate information and control its display programmatically.
    4. Make global changes across all your posts with a single code change, instead of manually updating each post.

http://wparena.com/how-to/the-power-of-wordpress-custom-fields/

http://wparena.com/how-to/the-power-of-wordpress-custom-fields

  • Custom Fields is the most powerful tools for customizing template files,  these are special fields in the WordPress database that you can create yourself by giving them a name (which can be then shared by all other posts or pages) and assigning a value for the particular post.
  • Custom Fields is the most powerful tools for customizing template files,  these are special fields in the WordPress database that you can create yourself by giving them a name (which can be then shared by all other posts or pages) and assigning a value for the particular post.

Smarter Navigation | scribu

http://scribu.net/wordpress/smarter-navigation

  • Two template tags have been added:

    If you have posts in multiple categories, you can use get_referrer_category() to retrieve the category object, based on the referrer url.

    get_referrer_url() returns the full URL of the referrer.

    Also, there are two extra arguments for previous_post_smart() and next_post_smart(): $in_same_cat and $excluded_categories.

Version 2.0 | scribu

http://scribu.net/wordpress/smart-archives-reloaded/sar-2-0.html

  • An elegant and easy way to present your posts on a single page

plugin | scribu

http://scribu.net/tags/plugin

  • Custom Field Taxonomies: Version 0.5

    Custom Field Taxonomies is a plugin that lets you use post metadata as ad-hoc taxonomies. For each taxonomy, you have Tag cloud with all values of that field Show only posts with field = value Any theme can add a meta.php template

AGC Conversational Case Studies: A special sauce for contest success?

http://www.casefoundation.org/blog/agc-conversational-case-studies-special-sauce-contest-success?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=Email%20Newsletter&utm_term=connectwithcharles@gmail.com&utm_content=Newsletter%20Early%20June%202010&utm_campaign=Newsletter

  • Contests are important to this concoction because they provide a framework for engaging the community, an urgent deadline for action and, in best cases (such as the Giving Challenge), matching funds for the winners. But in the end, we wonder if there is some other unique quality or combination of these ingredients that makes each person or groups efforts “special” and successful, that turns some combination of activities into a community of energetic people actively engaged in supporting a friend or a cause.

WordPress › Support » [Plugin: Custom Field Taxonomies] Is this possible with the plugin?

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/396421

WordPress Membership Plugin – that works with WPMU & BuddyPress too! – WordPress MU and BuddyPress plugins, themes, support, tips and how to’s

http://wpmu.org/wordpress-membership-plugin-that-works-with-wpmu-buddypress-too

  • simply, Membership.

    Put simply, this plugin allows you to turn any WordPress, WPMU, MultiSite or BuddyPress installation into a paid membership site… with a heap of flexibility.

12 Amazing Buddypress Themes and Getting Started Guides – Speckyboy Design Magazine

http://speckyboy.mobify.me/2010/02/19/12-amazing-buddypress-themes-and-getting-started-guides

  • This post has been written to give beginners a basic insight and starting point into using Buddypress, and to highlight the free and amazing WP themes that it offers (sadly, there are actually not that many which was disappointing).
    If you are here just for the themes, scroll down…

    Quick note: Ten minutes after I published this post, I received an email from Buddypress informing me that Buddypress is not restricted to only WPMU but can also be used with standard WordPress as well.

Daily Tip: Want to Run BuddyPress on Multiple Blogs in Your WPMU Install? Here’s how… – WordPress MU and BuddyPress plugins, themes, support, tips and how to’s

http://wpmu.org/daily-tip-want-to-run-buddypress-on-multiple-blogs-in-your-wpmu-install-heres-how

  • Allow BuddyPress to function on multiple blogs of a WPMU installation, not just on one root blog:
    define ( 'BP_ENABLE_MULTIBLOG', true );
    

    Add that bit to your wp-config.php file and you’re good to go!

WordPress › Gradient « Free WordPress Themes

http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/gradient

  • A bluish gradient child theme for buddypress. Simply cool !

Content as a Platform + three actions that matter

http://freshout.us/notebook/content-as-a-platform-publishers

  • It’s when people use a fragment of some content as a means to remix, discuss, modify that content in some way with an audience thereby increasing the value of the content.

    You need to add something else… stop thinking of content as content and more as a platform. It can be so much deeper than that. This is your opportunity to change the economics of your business.

    Think of your content in fragments… think of it as a hundreds and thousands of reactions to the readers rather than the words in the article… By treating the content more as a platform, you start to create depth in the experience. The more deep the experience, the more likely it is to be shared. Sharing is what you ultimately want the user to do. It introduces (or re-introduces) your content into the first part of the equation.

Displaying Posts Using a Custom Select Query « WordPress Codex

http://codex.wordpress.org/Displaying_Posts_Using_a_Custom_Select_Query#Query_based_on_Custom_Field_and_Category

  • This example, tested WordPress 2.9.2, is made to get posts in selected categories that are after a date, sorted ascending. It limits the number to just 4 items returned.
    <?php
    global $wpdb;
    global $post;
    $querystr = "
    SELECT wposts.* 
    FROM $wpdb->posts wposts
    	LEFT JOIN $wpdb->postmeta wpostmeta ON wposts.ID = wpostmeta.post_id 
    	LEFT JOIN $wpdb->term_relationships ON (wposts.ID = $wpdb->term_relationships.object_id)
    	LEFT JOIN $wpdb->term_taxonomy ON ($wpdb->term_relationships.term_taxonomy_id = $wpdb->term_taxonomy.term_taxonomy_id)
    WHERE wpostmeta.meta_key = 'customDateField'
    	AND wpostmeta.meta_value >= CURDATE()
    	AND $wpdb->term_taxonomy.taxonomy = 'category'
    	AND $wpdb->term_taxonomy.term_id IN(1,2)
    ORDER BY wpostmeta.meta_value ASC
    LIMIT 4
    ";
    ?>

Displaying Posts Using a Custom Select Query « WordPress Codex

http://codex.wordpress.org/Displaying_Posts_Using_a_Custom_Select_Query#Query_based_on_Custom_Field_and_Sorted_by_Value

  • Query based on Custom Field and Sorted by Value

    This example pulls pages with a certain custom field key, then sorts on the key’s value.

     $querystr = "
        SELECT wposts.* 
        FROM $wpdb->posts wposts, $wpdb->postmeta wpostmeta
        WHERE wposts.ID = wpostmeta.post_id 
        AND wpostmeta.meta_key = 'custom-key' 
        AND wposts.post_type = 'page' 
        ORDER BY wpostmeta.meta_value DESC
        ";

WordPress › Support » Custom select query – sort by meta value within category

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/249692?replies=9

  • You shouldn’t need to use a custom query for this at all…

    You can add “additional” parameters into query_posts.

    $query_string should contain the current query parameters, so you’d preserve that by literally adding on like so..

    query_posts($query_string . '&args');

    Where args is any number of supported arguments(parameters) as shown here.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts

    So with a meta value..

    query_posts($query_string . '&meta_key=YOURFIELDNAME');
    or (if you need the custom field to match a value to)
    query_posts($query_string . '&meta_key=YOURFIELDNAME&meta_value=YOURVALUEHERE');

WordPress › Support » Orderby custom sorting links?

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/281363?replies=2

  • I am trying to create links and sort the posts by custom fields. How does one do this? I tried WP-Smart-sort and it was great, but the free version didn’t provide me with quite what I was looking for. I bought the pro version, and it won’t run on my server.

    So I’d like to custom-code this. It seems as if this should be simple. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I’m no pro at PHP, but I can get by.

    Website in question: http://horizonrentals.com/listings/vacation-rentals/

    I want to create these links above the posts area:
    Sort by Title | Sort by Max. Occupancy | Sort by Bedrooms

5 Social Media Time Wasters and How to Avoid Them | Mirna Bard

http://www.mirnabard.com/2010/04/5-social-media-time-wasters-and-how-to-avoid-them

  • Spreading yourself too thin. There are thousands of social media sites, but that doesn’t mean you have to be active on all of them. In fact, you shouldn’t. Go where your target audience is sticking to two or three of the best sites for your business.

WordPress › Prologue « Free WordPress Themes

http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/prologue#post-21

  • A group blog theme for short update messages, inspired by Twitter.

How do I convert a Twitter User ID to a Twitter Username – Stack Overflow

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2868512/how-do-i-convert-a-twitter-user-id-to-a-twitter-username

AllGov – News – Poll: Arnold Schwarzenegger Most Unpopular Governor in California History

http://www.allgov.com/Unusual_News/ViewNews/Poll__Arnold_Schwarzenegger_Most_Unpopular_Governor_in_California_History_100325

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Most Unpopular Governor in California History

Custom Field Taxonomies | scribu

http://scribu.net/wordpress/custom-field-taxonomies

  • If some of your field values have commas ‘,’ character in them, don’t enable the OR query.

    Also, if some of the field values have spaces ‘ ‘ in them, don’t enable the AND query.

    Currently, you can’t enable both the AND query and the “Show posts that don’t match all key=value pairs” option. This will probably be fixed in the future.

WordPress › Custom Field Taxonomies « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-field-taxonomies

  • Customize your theme with template tags

    The plugin features several template tags that will help you display item information easily:

    • meta_filter_box() generates an advanced search box
    • meta_cloud() displays all the custom field values for a specific key (can also be restricted by post author)
    • the_meta_title() outputs a nice title for the search results page
    • all_meta_info() displays all the meta values for each post
    • get_linked_meta() works just like get_post_meta() with the difference that the values are links, not text
    • get_meta_taxonomies() returns all searchable custom fields as an associative array
    • is_meta() is a conditional tag that indicates if you’re on a meta taxonomy page
    • meta_relevance() displays a percentage that indicates how many key=value pair matches a post has

The Comprehensive Guide for a Powerful CMS using WordPress – Part one: 101 Techniques for a Powerful CMS using WordPress – Noupe

http://www.noupe.com/wordpress/powerful-cms-using-wordpress.html

  • There is one big drawback to using WordPress as a CMS: the lack of custom content types/groups, an area where developers put restrictions on how clients insert content. This is fairly easy to do with some knowledge of custom fields, but can be a little complicated if your client is new to WordPress. Developers must create workarounds to keep the content clean, portable and relatively unbreakable. Darren Hoyt discussed some solutions for this issue, probably not the best solution out there but could get the job done.

WordPress Advanced Content Management – Jean Galea – Internet Consultant in Malta | WordPress Expert

http://www.jeangalea.com/wordpress/wordpress-advanced-content-management

  • By default WordPress gives you a Title field, Content field, and a number of custom fields when creating a new Post or Page. Sometimes these are not enough / ideal for the content you want to put on your page. Enter some great plugins that can help us in this area.

    In my opinion the plugins that shine in this area are the following:

  • Other Interesting Plugins

    CMS Press opens up the ability to create and manage custom content types and taxonomies for your WordPress site. It adds the flexibility to have more than just posts and pages for content by allowing the user to register their own post_types that can use their separate theming from the post and page template along with its own permalink structure. It gives you the ability to create and manage custom content types and taxonomies for your WordPress site.

    This plugin is still in its very early stages, but it’s worth keeping tabs on how it develops.

    Supple Forms offers two significant functions for your blog: 1) building custom write panels for the WordPress Write Post page; and 2) easy inserting of form data and HTML snippets into your posts.

Custom Permalinks for Custom Post Types in WordPress 3.0+ | x + 3

http://xplus3.net/2010/05/20/wp3-custom-post-type-permalinks

  • Custom Permalinks for Custom Post Types in WordPress 3.0+

    I’ve been playing around with WordPress 3.0 to create a bug/issue-tracking plugin (i.e., using WP to track bugs, not to track WP bugs (although it could conceivably do that)). More details about the plugin will be forthcoming, but now is as good a time as any to share the solution to one problem I came across.

    Creating New Post Types and Taxonomies

    When you create a new post type, you use the register_post_type function. When you create a new post type through that function, WP creates a new rewrite rule base on the name you give the post type. In my case, I’ve created an issue post type, so all issues, by default, will have the permalink /issue/%issue%/ (where %issue% is replaced with the post slug). Using the rewrite argument to register_post_type, you can change the beginning of the permalink to something different (e.g./bugs/%issue%/) should you so desire.

WordPress › Support » [Plugin: More Fields] Causing 404 Errors

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/316642

  • @Mitchell you called it with the culprit being the rewrite filters… I changed more-fields-object.php lines 770:778 to the following and it seems to be working now.
    $slug = substr($field['slug'], 1, strlen($field['slug']));
    if (!$slug) continue;
    $key = $field['key'];
    
    $new_rules = array(
    	'$slug/(.+)' => 'index.php?mf_key=$key&mf_value=' .
    	$wp_rewrite->preg_index(1)
    );
    $wp_rewrite->rules = $new_rules + $wp_rewrite->rules;

New York Times Forces Apple to Pull Popular ‘Pulse’ iPad Newsreader | Epicenter | Wired.com

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/06/new-york-times-forces-apple-to-pull-popular-pulse-ipad-newsreader/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29

  • Clearly the Times doesn’t understand the purpose of RSS. Further:

    I note that the app is delivered with the NYTimes.com RSS feed preloaded, which is prominently featured in the screen shots used to sell the app on iTunes.

    That’s right. The poor old Times has managed to gain 35,000 subscribers in a few weeks, without doing a thing. Those are pretty good numbers, and you’d think that the paper would be happy about this free exposure, especially as readers will click-through direct to its ad-filled pages. But because the app is paid, not free, it violates the Times‘ terms and conditions by making “commercial use” of the content.

5 Ways to Diversify your Tweets « Socially Popular

http://www.sociallypopular.com/5-ways-to-diversify-your-tweets

  • The simple checklist:

    • Reply
    • Retweet
    • Thought Leadership
    • Promotional
    • Personal

Military Chatrooms from California to Afghanistan – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/08/technology/08homefront.html?th&emc=th

  • As a teenager, Jamie Christopher would tap instant messages to make plans with friends, and later she became a Facebook regular.
  • Now a freckle-faced 25, a first lieutenant and an intelligence officer here, she is using her social networking skills to hunt insurgents and save American lives in Afghanistan.

    Hunched over monitors streaming live video from a drone, Lieutenant Christopher and a team of analysts recently popped in and out of several military chatrooms, reaching out more than 7,000 miles to warn Marines about roadside bombs and to track Taliban gunfire.

    “2 poss children in fov,” the team flashed as Marines on the ground lined up an air strike, chat lingo for possible innocents within the drone’s field of view. The strike was aborted.

  • Lieutenant Christopher and her crew might be fighting on distant keypads instead of ducking bullets, but they head into battle just the same every day. They and thousands of other young Air Force analysts are showing how the Facebook generation’s skills are being exploited — and paying dividends — in America’s wars.
  • analysts quickly pass on the latest data from drones and other spy planes, they are creating the fluid connections needed to hunt small groups of fighters and other fleeting targets, military officials say.

Trends in Career Management | Career Thought Leaders

http://www.careerthoughtleaders.com/career-trends/career-management

  • Webcam Interviews On the Rise
    Skype and other webcam tools take the principles of candidate selection and interviewing to the next level, technologically speaking, by eliminating the costs of flying candidates across the country to interview for a job. The use of Skype as an interviewing tool and protocol is expected to continue to grow rapidly in 2010 and beyond. Time magazine discussed the trend in the October 20, 2009, issue.

Career Thought Leaders sharing best practices, trends and resources

http://www.careerthoughtleaders.com

  • Please remember my long-held belief that we are all colleagues and not competitors. If we work collaboratively, we can make great things happen.

The Inventure Group – About

http://www.inventuregroup.com/About

  • Our Philosophy
    Do I make a difference?  This is the defining question that The Inventure Group exists to answer.  Our mission is to help people create purposeful work and live purposeful lives.  Our company philosophy is best illustrated by our trademark logo, the chambered nautilus (nautilus pompilius).

The Inventure Group – Taking Charge

http://www.inventuregroup.com/living/takingcharge.aspx

  • Who is it for?

    The Taking Charge workshop is for professionals dedicated to maximizing their personal and professional effectiveness through living on purpose. Entry-level through senior executive leaders will benefit from Taking Charge. The program is particularly valuable for people who want to:

    • Articulate and claim their purpose
    • Bring more of who they are to what they do
    • Develop and express their strengths
    • Balance their work and family responsibilities
    • Make transitions in career or professional direction
    • Explore life’s possibilities and create a plan to achieve them

    What is it?

    Taking Charge is a two-day personal and professional development workshop. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have developed a unique life-planning tool called the Life Map. During the workshop, participants go through a process of visioning and goal setting in four aspects of life: work, personal, relationship and financial. Following Taking Charge, the map serves as a guide for participants as they work to achieve the goals they have laid out for themselves.

TOOLS FOR COACHING ON PURPOSE AND PASSION | Career Thought Leaders

http://www.careerthoughtleaders.com/blog/tools-for-coaching-on-purpose-and-passion

  • Often clients say, “I want more meaningful work.” Yet, they don’t know what it is or how to find it.  With the use of assessments, tools, and coaching your clients will discover their passion and purpose.

    A free initial measure for your clients’ that are working on purpose is a10-question online quiz, “Power of Purpose Quiz” (http://inventuregroup.com/Resources/Quiz.aspx). After completing it, your clients can compare their total score with the average score of other test takers. Then, coach them to explore their answers to the various questions in the quiz.

    “Calling Cards – A Journey of Discovery” (http://www.inventuregroup.com/inventure-store/Calling-Cards-A-Journey-of-Discovery-P5.aspx) is an inexpensive and easy to use tool to help clients focus on what’s most important to them.

Halftime Blog | Chris Crane – One CEO’s Journey to find the Highest Possible Leverage – Micro Loans to Poor Women

http://www.halftime.org/blog

  • How can you find an opportunity to make your second half really count using your unique skills, experiences and in your areas of interest? How can you find this leverage? If you’re looking for leverage in your second half, what are the steps? Having coached hundreds of people like Chris through midlife transition for years, my advice is don’t quit your job or sell your company.

    There are three simple steps that will help you test your way into clarity, the very same three steps Chris has taken:

    Get clear, get free and get going.

    -Get clear on your core strengths, and the difference you would most like to make in the world.

    -Get free of the low value activities/investments that clutter up your life,

    -Get going in a small way, rolling up your sleeves along side someone like Chris who already knows how to get stuff done.

12 Things Good Bosses Believe – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/05/12_things_that_good_bosses_bel.html

  • I have a flawed and incomplete understanding of what it feels like to work for me.
  • My success — and that of my people — depends largely on being the master of obvious and mundane things, not on magical, obscure, or breakthrough ideas or methods.
  • Having ambitious and well-defined goals is important, but it is useless to think about them much. My job is to focus on the small wins that enable my people to make a little progress every day.
  • One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.
  • My job is to serve as a human shield, to protect my people from external intrusions, distractions, and idiocy of every stripe — and to avoid imposing my own idiocy on them as well.
  • I strive to be confident enough to convince people that I am in charge, but humble enough to realize that I am often going to be wrong.
  • I aim to fight as if I am right, and listen as if I am wrong — and to teach my people to do the same thing.
  • One of the best tests of my leadership — and my organization — is “what happens after people make a mistake?”
  • Innovation is crucial to every team and organization. So my job is to encourage my people to generate and test all kinds of new ideas. But it is also my job to help them kill off all the bad ideas we generate, and most of the good ideas, too.
  • Bad is stronger than good. It is more important to eliminate the negative than to accentuate the positive.
  • How I do things is as important as what I do.
  • Because I wield power over others, I am at great risk of acting like an insensitive jerk — and not realizing it.

12 Things Good [Pastors] Believe « Thoughts of Resurrection

http://andrewconard.com/2010/06/07/12-things-good-pastors-believe

  • My success — and that of my people — depends largely on being the master of obvious and mundane things, not on magical, obscure, or breakthrough ideas or methods.
  • One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.
  • How I do things is as important as what I do.

Pet peeves

http://www.webegtodiffer.com/showthread.php/22495-Pet-peeves?p=650983&viewfull=1

  • And my husband does this (I think he thinks he gets a pass because he was cleaning or something) –> Taking out some type of cleaner (glass, dusting, all-purpose) and a rag, do the cleaning, then leave the cleaner with the rag draped over it on the kitchen counter.

Review World of Color Reviews and Photos – (OFFICIAL THREAD) – MiceChat

http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/138192-world-color-reviews-photos-official-thread.html

  • DisneyLD

Praise and Worship Conferences | Worship Leaders | Worship Ministry

http://www.worshipministry.com/worship-conferences

  • Praise and Worship Conferences

    Involved in Worship Music? Below you’ll find an updated worship music conference schedule and links to information about registration, etc. If you’re currently planning any type of praise and worship music conference, tell us about it and we’ll consider adding it to the list! Just use the form located here.

Airlines Work to Catch Up to the Digital Age – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/05/business/05air.html?th&emc=th

  • “Technology is absolutely key for us to be able to offer an exceptional customer experience, which in turn is necessary to succeed as an airline,” said Theresa Wise, chief information officer at Delta Air Lines. “But we recognize that we still have some challenges today.”

6 Ways To Create Custom Write Panels in WordPress | kevinleary.net

http://www.kevinleary.net/6-ways-to-create-custom-write-panels-in-wordpress

  • When you start to use WordPress as a CMS you begin to realize that one WYSIWYG area isn’t going to cut it. At that point you may start to explore the option of custom fields. They’re great, and they work well for handling small changes. But what happens when you need to have multiple WYSIWYG areas, or upload files, or manage content using other form fields like checkboxes, radio toggle’s or text inputs. To do this you’ll need the power of custom write panels.

More API for More Fields | Valentino Aluigi

http://www.maverick.it/tech/more-fields-api

  • Hide custom types from the Loop

    The single most useful function here is mfAPI::activate_filter(). Just call it on top of your functions.php and you’ll filter out all the custom types from the usual Worpress flow.

    This is especially handy if you derived a custom type from posts. In my case I created a type called “product”. Without this trick, I had products popping out everywhere on the blog.

Using WP_Query() with More Fields post types « labs.dagensskiva.com/forum

http://labs.dagensskiva.com/forum/topic/using-wp_query-with-more-fields-post-types?replies=2#post-1026

  • You can do something like this:
    $myQuery = new WP_Query();
    $myQuery->query('meta_key=mf_page_type&meta_value=your_post_type_name_here');

    and so on…

    Of course, you put your custom post type name where I put ‘your_post_type_name_here’.

WordPress › WPlite « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wplite

  • WPlite (“WordPress lite”) is a WordPress plugin that lets you hide ‘unnecessary’ items from the WordPress administration menu—even the Dashboard. On top of that, you can also hide post meta controls on the Write page, so as to simplify the editing interface.

WordPress › WP-CMS Post Control « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-cms-post-control

  • Post Control from WordPress CMS Modifications gives you complete control over your write options for every user level/role. It not only allows you to hides unwanted items like custom fields, trackbacks, revisions etc. but also gives you a whole lot more control over how WordPress deals with creating content.

WordPress › More Fields « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-fields

  • More Fields is a WordPress plugin that adds boxes to the Write/Edit page. These boxes contains input fields, so that additional (more) fields can be added to a post. For example, if you write about books, you can add a box where you can enter title and author, etc. The boxes can be placed either to the right or to the left on the Write/Edit page.

    In addition, the new version of More Fields enables you to define post types, which are custom Write/Edit pages that contains a pre-defined set of boxes. For example, you write about books and you write about your holidays, then you can define a post type ‘Book’ and a post type ‘Holiday’ each containing the input boxes relevant to each type of text. You can also set pre-defined categories, tags and templates for each post type.

WordPress as a CMS: Making Your Content Unbreakable | Darren Hoyt Dot Com

http://www.darrenhoyt.com/2008/10/21/wordpress-as-a-cms-making-your-content-unbreakable

  • Flutter has been frustrating for me – for as much as I want to love it, it’s still too quirky and reliant on other code. I’ve been making good headway with Henrik’s More Fields and even good stuff from WPgogo Custom Fields plugs.

    Agreed that EE (along with so many more CMSs) simply do what a CMS is expected to do. However, I’ve noticed that I’ve spent almost equal time adjusting the backend of EE for the client, to the same amount of time actually building the site and adding content. WP usually is so much quicker for me to turn stuff on/off so the client doesn’t inadvertantly “wander” into places that might wreak havoc.

    Cleaner still is Function’s Custom Write Panels post for the WP “do it yourselfer”.

15 Javascript Web UI Libraries, Frameworks and Toolkits – Speckyboy Design Magazine

http://speckyboy.com/2010/05/17/15-javascript-web-ui-libraries-frameworks-and-libraries

  • Almost all of the rich web applications that we currently see on the web today rely on a subtle set of UI controls, libraries or frameworks (or toolkits) that not only greatly simplify application development, they also provide a consistent, reliable, and highly interactive User Interface. What more could you ask for?

    Currently, there are a wide varied range of Web UI frameworks covering varied languages – for today we will focus on Javascript Web UIs.
    Not all libraries are suited for every project, but most developers will still rely on a single UI framework, a faithful friend they will always turn to in times of need…

100+ Massive WordPress Tutorial Collection | tripwire magazine

http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2009/04/xxx-massive-wordpress-tutorial-collection.html

  • In this article tripwire magazine provides one of the most comprehensive compilations of Tutorials for WordPress.

Top 1000 sites – DoubleClick Ad Planner

http://www.google.com/adplanner/static/top1000

  • Rank Site Category Unique Visitors (users) Reach Page Views Has Advertising
    1  facebook.com Social Networks 540,000,000 35.2% 570,000,000,000 Yes
    2  yahoo.com Web Portals 490,000,000 31.8% 70,000,000,000 Yes
    3  live.com Search Engines 370,000,000 24.1% 39,000,000,000 Yes
    4  wikipedia.org Dictionaries & Encyclopedias 310,000,000 20% 7,900,000,000 No
    5  msn.com Web Portals 280,000,000 18.1% 11,000,000,000 Yes
    6  microsoft.com Software 230,000,000 14.8% 3,300,000,000 Yes
    7  blogspot.com Blogging Resources & Services 230,000,000 14.7% 4,400,000,000 Yes
    8  baidu.com Web Portals 230,000,000 15% 27,000,000,000 Yes
    9  qq.com Email & Messaging 170,000,000 11.1% 25,000,000,000 Yes
    10  mozilla.com Internet Clients & Browsers 140,000,000 9.2% 2,100,000,000 No

Missing Mangoes for Filipinos and Those Who Love Us by Marcelline Santos-Taylor

http://www.oovrag.com/books/2004mangoes.shtml

  • MISSING MANGOES—FOR FILIPINOS AND THOSE WHO LOVE US is composed of selections from Marcelline Santos-Taylor’s weekly column, “Manila Girl,” for the Filipino Express. A compilation of coming-to-America insights peppered with Filipino pop and folk culture tidbits and quotes, the book’s enticing flavor is as Manila as the fruit celebrated in the title—a touchstone for all Filipinos transplanted to foreign lands, where the succulent taste and texture of the authentic Philippine mango is so elusive it holds almost the same kind of mythical quality as an Elvis sighting.

    In this engaging collection of 27 essays, the author examines issues of identity and adjustment, while conveying the strengths of character as well as the unique quirks that define what it means to be Filipino. Of course, one of the best ways to convey Filipino culture is through food, which the book tackles fondly, often humorously and in great detail—from the mouthwatering description of a lovingly prepared and much missed childhood dish to a not-for-the-faint-hearted listing of Fear Factor-worthy native delicacies to the Filipino fixation on the humble Spam. The author’s voyage of discovery is not only defined by moving away from the land of her birth but also the journey-within-a-journey of becoming a wife and mother in America, while infusing her culture and heritage into her family’s everyday life, in ways both big and small, every step of the way.

How The Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies Are Using Social Media « Jeffbullas’s Blog

http://jeffbullas.com/2009/11/19/how-the-top-500-fastest-growing-companies-are-using-social-media

  • Social networking continues to lead the way. The technology that continues to be the most familiar to the Inc. 500 is social networking with 75% of respondents in 2009 claiming to be “very familiar with it” (compared to 57% in 2008). Another noteworthy statistic around familiarity is Twitter’s amazing “share of mind” with sixty-two percent of executives reported being familiar with the new microblogging and social networking platform.
  • The adoption curves for different social media technologies are not all the same. Interestingly, while social networking and blogging have enjoyed growth in actual adoption, the use of message boards, online video, wikis and podcasting has leveled off or declined. The addition of Twitter (considered by respondents to be both a microblogging site and a social networking site) in the latest study shows that an amazing 52% of the Inc. 500 companies are already using this tool for their business.
  • Regardless of the particular technology, social media matters and is here to stay. Forty-three percent of the 2009 Inc. 500 reported social media was “very important” to their business/marketing strategy. And an incredible 91% of the Inc. 500 is using at least one social media tool in 2009 (up from 77% in 2008). In addition, as they ramp up their usage, the Inc. 500 companies are also seeking to protect themselves legally, with 36% having implemented a formal policy concerning blogging by their employees.
  • Social Media that has levelled off or declined are
    • Message Boards 28%
    • Online Video 36%
    • Wikis 25%
    • Podcasting 12%
  • Social Media that has increased
    • Social Networking 80%
    • Blogging 45%
    • Twitter 52%
  • Online Video though slightly declining in use in corporations, their intent to to adopt appears strong with 36% planning to  to use online video, just behind Blogging
  • For monitoring conversations online on social media about their brand, 68% of companies were doing this in 2009

Tom Lin to Lead InterVarsity Missions and Urbana – InterVarsity.org

http://www.intervarsity.org/news/tom-lin-to-lead-intervarsity-missions

  • InterVarsity is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Lin as vice president of Missions and the director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference, effective February 1, 2011.

Neue Magazine – The Future of Church Conferences

http://www.neuemagazine.com/index.php/blog/6-main-slideshow/1029-the-future-of-church-conferences

  • What is the future of church conferences?

    GL: I believe gatherings won’t be focused only around speakers, but will be built around specialized topics and collaboration with peers. If you can create a gathering where most of the content has never been written about or stated publicly before, and the others attending the event are amazing leaders in their own right, your event focuses on what people can do while together in a room, and you host it in a great environment—this can create the motivation to fly cross-country, and spend whatever it costs to get that experience.

    BL: A couple thoughts: One is the move toward connections at events being the most important value, and not necessarily content being the draw and the leading indicator for success. A second thought is how the online experience will continue to evolve. I believe there will be more opportunities for leaders to “attend” events without having to be there in person. A third thought is “generalist” vs. “specific.” More leaders will attend events that meet multiple felt needs versus specific felt needs.

Leaders Are Only As “Successful” As Their Level of Differentiation

http://rhettsmith.com/2010/05/26/leaders-are-only-as-successful-as-their-level-of-differentiation

  • Much of what I have said about leadership can be summarized in the following chart:

    POORLY DIFFERENTIATED LEADERSHIP

    • focuses on pathology
    • is obsessed with technique
    • works with symptomatic people
    • betters the condition
    • seeks symptomatic relief
    • is concerned to give insight
    • is stuck on treadmill of trying harder
    • diagnoses others
    • is quick to quit difficult situations
    • is made anxious by reactivity
    • has a reductionist perspective
    • sees problems as the cause of anxiety
    • adapts toward the weak
    • focuses empathically on helpless victims
    • is more likely to create dependent relationships

    WELL DIFFERENTIATED LEADERSHIP

    • focuses on strength
    • is concerned for one’s own growth
    • works with motivated people
    • matures the system
    • seeks enduring change
    • is concerned to define self (take stands)
    • is fed up with the treadmill
    • looks at one’s own stuckness
    • is challenged by difficult situations
    • recognizes that reactivity and sabotage are evidence of one’s effectiveness
    • has a universal perspective
    • sees problems as the focus of preexisting anxiety
    • adapts toward strength
    • has a challenging attitude that encourages responsibility
    • is more likely to create intimate relationships

Rhett Smith — Transitioning Life’s Journey

http://rhettsmith.com

  • Much of what I have said about leadership can be summarized in the following chart:

    POORLY DIFFERENTIATED LEADERSHIP

    • focuses on pathology
    • is obsessed with technique
    • works with symptomatic people
    • betters the condition
    • seeks symptomatic relief
    • is concerned to give insight
    • is stuck on treadmill of trying harder
    • diagnoses others
    • is quick to quit difficult situations
    • is made anxious by reactivity
    • has a reductionist perspective
    • sees problems as the cause of anxiety
    • adapts toward the weak
    • focuses empathically on helpless victims
    • is more likely to create dependent relationships

    WELL DIFFERENTIATED LEADERSHIP

    • focuses on strength
    • is concerned for one’s own growth
    • works with motivated people
    • matures the system
    • seeks enduring change
    • is concerned to define self (take stands)
    • is fed up with the treadmill
    • looks at one’s own stuckness
    • is challenged by difficult situations
    • recognizes that reactivity and sabotage are evidence of one’s effectiveness
    • has a universal perspective
    • sees problems as the focus of preexisting anxiety
    • adapts toward strength
    • has a challenging attitude that encourages responsibility
    • is more likely to create intimate relationships

FlyAway Bus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FlyAway_Bus

  • The LAX FlyAway from Irvine operates from the Irvine Transportation Center. Service commenced on November 16, 2009 providing for a 60 minute or more journey between LAX and the Irvine Transportation Center.

    The Irvine Transportation Center provides access to Metrolink and Amtrak services and provides more convenient access to Central and Southern Orange County. The LAX FlyAway drop off and pick up location is next to the tracks near the shuttle pick up and drop-off area. LAX FlyAway passengers have access to free long term overnight parking (500 spaces) in a dedicated lot next to the Irvine Transportation Center parking lot.

FlyAway service begins today at Irvine Station | station, irvine, flyaway – News – The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/station-219527-irvine-flyaway.html

  • The FlyAway service includes 12 trips a day – six in each direction – between LAX and the Irvine train station at 15215 Barranca Parkway. One-way fare is $25, with up to two students in eighth grade or a lower grade allowed to ride free with each paying adult, and all children 5 years old or younger riding for free.
  • The bus will leave the Irvine station at 4:45 a.m., 6:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. It will leave the LAX terminals at 9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

    Passengers must pay the bus driver upon boarding with a debit or credit card. Cash will not be accepted. The station will have 500 parking spaces, where FlyAway passengers can park for free for up to 30 days.

LAX FlyAway Bus

http://www.lawa.org/welcome_LAX.aspx?id=292

Setting Up Custom Category URL Structures in ExpressionEngine ~ Blog ~ FortySeven Media

http://fortysevenmedia.com/blog/archives/setting_up_custom_category_url_structures_in_expressionengine

  • As you can see in the diagram above, we’re going to harness the power of segment variables to make our magic happen. What are segments? Well, it’s pretty easy. Segment 1 is the first section in your URL after your .com, Segment 2 is the next and so on. EE will handle up to 9! I hope I hope I never have to use that many.

WordPress › Support » [Plugin: Custom Field Taxonomies] Error on installation

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/329908

  • I’ve tried installing both through the automatic WordPress install, and by downloading and manually uploading. Either way, I always get a fatal error as soon as the plugin is installed (not even activated). I’ve tried deactivating other plugins using custom fields (Custom Field Template by Hiroaki Miyashita and WP Custom Search by Don Benjamin) prior to activation, but it doesn’t make a difference – I always get an error from the script where I can’t access any other page in the dashboard.
  • Are you using any other plugin of mine?

    Deactivate all of them before trying to install CFT and let me know if it works.

WordPress › Support » [Plugin: Custom Field Taxonomies] Problem with custom field with spaces

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/342360

  • Capitalization & spaces don’t work well in URLs.

    I could let you use capitalized custom keys, but the urls would still be sanitized. So, if you have “My Field” for example, the url would be

    http://example.com/?my-field=value

Convert Host Name to IP Address or Find IP address of a host – e.g. find IP address of host name of

http://www.hcidata.info/host2ip.htm

  • This page can be used to find the IP of a host machine (convert host to IP) or domain name (convert domain name to ip address) or find the name of one of the hosts at an IP address (convert ip address).

TweetEffect- When did you lose or gain twitter followers?

http://www.tweeteffect.com

  • Find out which of your Twitter updates made people follow or leave you. Simply enter your Twitter ID in the following form.

Big Is The New Small – Thou Shall Twitter In Church

http://bigisthenewsmall.com/2010/05/02/thou-shall-twitter-in-church

  • Here are 5 Reasons To Twitter During Church:
    1. You have the opportunity to be a real-time extension of your pastor’s voice while he/she is communicating God’s word. You and your pastor can do some tag team teaching while you are being fed all at the same time.
    2. If the pastor shares something that moves you, inspires you or changes your life, there is a good chance it will have the same impact on the lives of some of your Twitter followers as well. Here is a tweet awhile back from Pastor Steven Furtick — “Preaching recently I noticed the crowd was too busy tweeting to verbally respond. Click clack is the new amen.”
    3. When Jesus said: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel… “All The World” applies to the Internet world, as well as the Twitter World.  Do your part by going into all the Twitter World, tweeting the Good News.
    4. You will have a stored database of your compelling thoughts and notes, from your favorite sermons.  Use a #hashtag to keep up with the information that you share.  We could even implement a universal Twitter In Church Hashtag.  There are some being used that are more comical in nature and/or being cross-used by different content.  I’m thinking #iTwic, iTwurch, #TweetInChurch or #TwitterInChurch… Any suggestions?
    5. Many times people suffer from (SADD) Sermon Attention Deficit Disorder.  So instead of just wandering off into space, simply wander off into the space of the World Wide Web.  It’s better use of your time Twittering great thoughts, instead of drawing on the back of offering envelops.

Twittering in Church, with the Pastor’s O.K. – TIME

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1895463,00.html

  • Voelz and David McDonald, the other senior pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, Mich., spent two weeks educating their congregation about Twitter, the microblogging site that challenges users to communicate in 140 characters or less. They held training sessions in which congregants brought in their laptops, iPhones and BlackBerrys. They upped the bandwidth in the auditorium.

Twitter’s Current Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC] | Penn Olson

http://www.penn-olson.com/2010/04/23/twitters-current-statistics-infographic

  • Only 4 out of 10 new users continued to use the service and many of them quit Twitter within a month. So, if the statistics  are accurate, we can deduce that Twitter only has about 40 million active users (105 x 40%). That’s just 10% of what Facebook has, confirming that Facebook is the undisputed champion so far.

The Current State of Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://mashable.com/2010/03/18/twitter-infographic

  • While the site’s growth has certainly been impressive and it has reached the point of non-displacement, there are some interesting hidden truths about Twitter and its users. The following graphic takes a look at Twitter’s path to 10 billion tweets, what we have learned about its users and what they’ve been talking about along the way.

Kids Don’t Hate Twitter Anymore! [Chart] | pamorama

http://www.pamorama.net/2010/02/16/kids-dont-hate-twitter-anymore-chart

  • At the end of 2009, more than 30% of Twitter’s visitors were under 25, this chart suggests, up from about 20% of its visitors at the end of 2008:

Brand Engagement Marketing: Key Practices, Inc

http://keypractices.wordpress.com

  • Then there are the objectives that marketers are seeking to gain from using Social Marketing / Web 2.0 Tools:

    The biggest issue that I am seeing with the push to include Social Marketing / Web 2.0 is that brands are launching the use of these tools without building it into an overall plan. This is not just getting a Facebook page or a Twitter account or having a blogger review your product. There is no cookie cutter process – it’s finding the right voice for your brand and resonating that voice with your target audience to have an engaging conversation.

Led by Facebook, Twitter, Global Time Spent on Social Media Sites up 82% Year over Year | Nielsen Wire

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/global/led-by-facebook-twitter-global-time-spent-on-social-media-sites-up-82-year-over-year

  • U.S. Growth in Average time Person on Facebook and Twitter Outpaces Growth of Overall Category
    People in the U.S. continue to spend more time on social networking and blog sites as well, with total minutes increasing 210% year-over-year and the average time per person increasing 143% year-over-year in December 2009. Year-over-year growth in average time spent by U.S. users, for both Facebook and Twitter.com, outpaced the overall growth for the category, increasing 200% and 368%, respectively. Among, the top five U.S. social networking sites, Twitter.com continued its reign as the fastest-growing in December 2009 in terms of unique visitors, increasing 579% year-over-year, from 2.7 million unique visitors in December 2008 to 18.1 million in December 2009. However, month-over-month, unique visitors decreased 5%

Facebook and Twitter Post Large Year over Year Gains in Unique Users | Nielsen Wire

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/global/facebook-and-twitter-post-large-year-over-year-gains-in-unique-users

  • Facebook and Twitter Post Large Year over Year Gains in Unique Users

    May 4, 2010
    Compared to user activity on social networking sites last year, Facebook and Twitter posted gains of 69% and 45% respectively in the U.S.

    us-social-march2010

Issuu Pro – Pricing

http://issuu.com/business/pricing

  • Main benefits

    • Company Newsstand
    • No advertising in the viewer sidebar
    • All of Issuu´s features. No need to buy extra modules.
    • Upload as many publications as you like.
    • Secure hosting and backup at Amazon.
    • Global content delivery network for fastest delivery anywhere in the world.
    • Worldwide use and distribution.

Community Library – Blog – Managing Domain AccountExecs

http://community.godaddy.com/help/2007/05/14/managing-domain-accountexecs

  • Once your new AccountExec accepts the invitation, you can assign domains for the AccountExec to manage by creating a folder in the Domain Manager with AccountExec permissions.

    To Provide Access to AccountExecs

    1. Log in to your Account Manager.
    2. In the My Products section, click Domain Manager, click New Folder, name your AccountExec’s folder, and then click OK.NOTE: You can also use existing folders.
    3. Click Folders, click the checkbox for your AccountExec’s folder, and then click AccountExec.
    4. From the AccountExec list, select the AccountExec to grant access to the folder, select one of the following access options:
      Administrator access
      Manage all of the following domain features: Contacts, Nameservers, Hosts, Domain Forwarding, Lock/Unlock, Auto-Renew, Cancel, and Sub Domains.
      Custom access
      Manage only the features you select.
      Read-only access
      Only view domains without managing any features.
      None
      Do not let the AccountExec access this folder.
    5. Click OK.

Worship Leader

http://www.worshipleader.com/articles/177/words-from-a-ragamuffin

  • So, how can you join this movement of online love? Here are a few practical steps.

    1. Realize that your age has nothing to do with it. If you are 17 or 70 there is room at the inn for you. Go online, set up a blog on wordpress or typepad or blogger and begin sharing your Sunday wins and losses.

    2. Participate in other online forums besides your own. The easiest way to do this is to comment on other worship leaders’ blogs and communities. This will show that you are not only in it for your own blog stats or ego but honestly in it to spread the love and build the community.

    3. Join Twitter, Facebook, and any other sort of online community where worship leaders connect. One of the coolest things about Twitter is that on Saturday nights people share their #sundaysetlists and you can search Twitter and find more ideas than you know what to do with. Twitter tip: The “#” symbol (referred to as a hash tag) is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. Type #sundaysetlists in the search box and you will see everyone who has tagged their tweets that direct people to the set list they used that weekend.

    4. Be you and don’t try to fit any mold. After participating in this online world for many years now, I feel that diversity in music on Sunday is severely lacking. I am on a personal mission to find worship pastors and leaders with choirs, different styles, and hymnals to get online. The beauty is that God has programmed people to worship in different ways and whatever way your church does it, is needed and the online world has tons to learn from you!

    So to sum it up, we need you online. We need your vision, reasoning, and mind to help us continue to shape our local churches in a way that is pleasing to God. Jump in with both feet and start “confessing.”

Facebook Mania: Privacy Changes for Nearly 500 Million — Printout — TIME

http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1990582,00.html

  • Just six years after Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg helped found Facebook in his dorm room as a way for Ivy League students to keep tabs on one another, the company has joined the ranks of the Web’s great superpowers. Microsoft made computers easy for everyone to use. Google helps us search out data. YouTube keeps us entertained. But Facebook has a huge advantage over those other sites: the emotional investment of its users. Facebook makes us smile, shudder, squeeze into photographs so we can see ourselves online later, fret when no one responds to our witty remarks, snicker over who got fat after high school, pause during weddings to update our relationship status to Married or codify a breakup by setting our status back to Single.
  • Since the site expanded membership to high schoolers in 2005 and to anyone over the age of 13 in 2006, Facebook has become a kind of virtual pacemaker, setting the rhythms of our online lives, letting us ramp up both the silly socializing and the serious career networking. Zuckerberg’s next goal is even more ambitious: to make Facebook a kind of second nervous system that’s rapid-firing more of our thoughts and feelings over the Web. Or, to change the metaphor, Facebook wants to be not just a destination but the vehicle too.
  • It’s a business, and there’s a tremendous business opportunity around Facebook’s member data. And Sandberg knows it. She joined the company in 2008 after helping Google build its ad platform into a multibillion-dollar business. Much like Google, Facebook is free to users but makes a lot of money (some analysts estimate the privately held company will generate $1 billion in revenues in 2010) from its robust ad system. According to the Web-research firm comScore, Facebook flashed more than 176 billion banner ads at users in the first three months of this year — more than any other site. (See “Facebook Wants to Read Your Mind.”)

    The more updates Facebook gets you to share and the more preferences it entreats you to make public, the more data it’s able to pool for advertisers. Google spearheaded targeted advertisements, but it knows what you’re interested in only on the basis of what you query in its search engine and, if you have a Gmail account, what topics you’re e-mailing about. Facebook is amassing a much more well-rounded picture. And having those Like buttons clicked 100 million times a day gives the company 100 million more data points to package and sell.

ur mobile

http://urmobile.com/about.php

bio’s for Jim Killion and Jeff Swan

  • ur mobile is Jim’s seventh direct marketing creation, the fourth in the interactive arena alone. It’s fair to say that no one has been more innovative, effective, or revolutionary in the creation, development, and implementation of communication, marketing, and fundraising resources for nonprofits.

    Jim has helped nonprofit organizations raise hundreds of millions of dollars for causes which improve the human condition. He has served nearly 200 of America’s most respected nonprofits, and has developed many concepts, like Relationship Fundraising, which are now industry standards. Along the way he has mentored a remarkable array of direct marketing and fundraising professionals. Many now lead their own agencies or consulting firms.

    Jim is a pioneer in online communication for nonprofits, first creating websites and an online portal for nonprofits in 1994. He is the winner of more than a dozen International Echo Awards, including the rare and coveted Diamond Echo Award. He created the first two microsites for the Echo Awards.

    Jim was a principal founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of Killion McCabe & Associates (now KMA Direct Communications). He has founded and led multiple companies serving the nonprofit community, including a custom direct mail company, an electronic media group, a CRM software firm, and is7, an award-winning interactive group. He pioneered nonprofit streaming audio in partnership with Mark Cuban and broadcast.com.

    He has served on the boards of more than ten philanthropic and industry organizations. They include: the DMA International Echo Awards Committee, the Dallas Symphony Association, the International Christian Media Commission (US Chairman), and the Baylor University Social Work Advisory Board.

    Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Southern California and his Master of Theology in Education at Dallas Theological Seminary.

  • Vice-President, Sales & MarketingJeff Swan brings a rich background in nonprofit fundraising, brand management, and online marketing to ur mobile.

    Jeff joined Prison Fellowship, the largest non-profit prison rehabilitation agency in the world, in 2005 as Director of Advancement. He raised millions of dollars from major donors, working closely with the founder, Charles Colson, and the current president and board members.

    Prior to joining Prison Fellowship, Jeff enjoyed a prolific career as a brand and product manager for some of America’s leading food companies, including the Quaker Oats Company, Frito-Lay, the Campbell-Taggert Bakery Division of Anheuser Busch, and the State Fair Foods Division of Sara Lee.

    Sandwiched between Jeff’s tenure as a brand manager in food industry was an enriching experience as one of Mark Cuban’s first hires at Broadcast.com. Jeff served as Director of eCommerce Sales at Broadcast.com for five years, topping $12 million in sales for the innovative startup that made billionaires out of founders Cuban and Todd Wagner.

    Jeff helped drive up the value of Broadcast.com by closing multiyear deals with Amazon, Microsoft, Disney, American Airlines, and H&R Block. He also crafted and closed a unique, $7.3 million, three-year deal to host and stream nonprofiit programming on a Broadcast.com channel.

    Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Southern California. While a student at USC, he was a reporter for The Daily Trojan and a DJ for the campus radio station.

    Jeff earned an MBA in marketing and finance from University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA he served on the student council and was a Riordan Mentor to gifted minority students interested in pursuing business careers.

Worship Leader

https://worshipleader.smartevents.com/nwlc-southwest-pre-conference-only

    • Stewards of Technnology in the Serivce of Worship

    Description

    “Not since the guitar came to church in the late ’60s and ’70s, has there been such a fundamental and radical shift in how Christian communities worship. What’s driving this change? New mobile media and social networks.”
    – Chuck Fromm, publisher of Worship Leader magazine

    Without question, your leadership team and congregation needs a guide. Someone who can make sense of the vast landscape of new media communications and how they can be used to encourage and build your worshiping community. The NWLC pre-conference, Stewarding Technology In the Service of Worship, will equip you and your team to be better servants and better leaders in the advancing worship revolution.

    Technology stewards navigate such issues as:

    * Creating a Flikr group to minister to your church’s neighborhood
    * Invite participation in worship through worship forums and blogs
    * Coordinating live text Q&As with the teaching pastor
    * Giving a senior pastor a further reach with blogs, podcasts, and video feeds
    * Ignite teaching with live text Q&As
    * Extend your reach with blogs, podcasts, and video feeds
    * Find the best solutions for YOU: a simple tool, new feature, or brand new configuration.
    * Explore what new media applications are available

    Not only will we discuss what tools are available (and how to use them), but we will also tackle the big topics: “How much digital tech is too much?” “How do we evaluate the right media needs for our community?” “When does technology distract worshipers and when does it assist them?”

    This pre-conference is a gathering place for the big picture dreamers as well as the detail oriented computer gurus on your team. A chance to unite the practical applications with the deeper implications.

    What is a worship tech steward? And what do they do?
    They help grow the congregation as a community of worshipers. AND Tech stewards serve by connecting their congregation with technology appropriate to the theology, culture, needs, resources and vision of their community to deepen, enrich, and enhance worship.

National Worship Leader Conference

http://nationalworshipleaderconference.com/index.cfm?tdc=dsp&page=preconf&CFID=8166372&CFTOKEN=49638179

  • Technology stewards navigate such issues as:
    • Creating a Flikr group to minister to your church’s neighborhood
    • Invite participation in worship through worship forums and blogs
    • Coordinating live text Q&As with the teaching pastor
    • Giving a senior pastor a further reach with blogs, podcasts, and video feeds
    • Ignite teaching with live text Q&As
    • Extend your reach with blogs, podcasts, and video feeds
    • Find the best solutions for YOU: a simple tool, new feature, or brand new configuration.
    • Explore what new media applications are available
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