January 31, 2006

Naked Conversations

Naked Conversations, the long awaited book about blogging by Scoble and Israel is out now. Here's a review by Kathy Sierra. I'd be very interested in the thoughts of anyone in the church IT community about this book. Has anyone read it (or started to read it)?

January 22, 2006

What can we learn from b-linked?

A number of church tech bloggers have linked and commented on the reports regarding a recent study about teens and religion (for example: here and here). Teenage Research Unlimited did the study for B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) an international group committed to reaching and teaching Jewish teens.

There are actually two stories here. The first story is the survey data (Word document) that BBYO released and many newspapers reported and bloggers have commented on.

The second story is that BBYO has built a new online community for Jewish teens called b-linked. The site is their strategy to address two findings: 68% of teens say religions is important to them and 92% say they want a better connection. I wish I had more time to investigate and comment further on this, but at first glance it seems that they've spent some money and built a really nice site. They report having 3,480 teens signed up so far. We need to pay attention to this. If they stick with this strategy and make it work, there will be a lot for us to learn.

January 18, 2006

1/20th of a second

Wired News reports that visitors to your website form an impression of the visual appeal of your site within 1/20th of a second. So how important are visual designers on your web team?

January 17, 2006

Another use for blogging in the church

Here's another use for blogging in the church. First United Methodist Church of La Vergne, TN recently started using a blog to publish their church newsletter to the web. I think this is a cool way for a small church to get started using web technology at no cost.

January 13, 2006

Mark Batterson on prayer

Mark Batterson: "Prayer is spiritual priming. When you live in prayer mode your spiritual radar is on. Your spiritual antenna is up. If you don't pray there will be countless God-given opportunities that come and go without you even knowing it. Why? Because you aren't primed and ready!"

January 11, 2006

MySpace is the top social networking site

USA Today just published an article on social networking sites. All the teens I know have Xanga, but it appears that MySpace is the place to be now. And of course Facebook is still exploding on college campuses.

Hat tip: Richard MacManus

January 04, 2006

Our default answer is "yes"

The people on my team will attest to fact that one of my favorite things to say is: "Our job is to find a way to say 'yes'." "No" is easy. "Yes" requires you to exercise your creativity. My "say 'yes'" philosophy is echoed in this post by Dave Ferguson.

January 02, 2006

The new Intel

Check out Business Week's story about major changes at Intel brought about by Paul Otellini who took over as CEO in May 2005.