October, 2009

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Using the Social Web to Make Local Impact


Friday, October 2, 2009, is LIVE STRONG Day. As part of the LIVESTRONG Action campaign the LIVE STRONG day is focused on unifying people from all around the world through local events and activities that celebrate cancer survivorship. It’s also designed to generate awareness and foster support so the world can be freed from cancer.

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How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

There are hundreds of millions of blogs according to Technorati, and that’s just blogs! Getting Started. Finding Feeds. Twitter Search. Blogs.

10 Tips for Managing Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Six months ago I came pretty close to complete social media burnout. I was running over 20 social networking profiles, logging in seven days a week, and at minimum pulling 60-hour work weeks. Even when I wasn’t at home at my desk, I was on my iPhone updating Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. Here’s a few tips on how to deal with it: 1.

Social Media and the Performing Arts: Engagement First, Ticket Sales Second

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Arts and Social Media View more presentations from kanter. The questions I got: How do know that our social media strategy can help sell tickets?

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Blogging a crisis: reflecting on some lessons learned

Steve Bridger

This is a story of a blog. In a matter of a few hours, most of Cancún’s resort beach had been sucked away and dumped on the sea bed. Cue sunset.

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29 Nonprofit Bloggers to Follow on Twitter

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Last week I asked the followers of @NonprofitOrgs to nominate their favorite nonprofit bloggers. The list below is the result of that “Tweet Out&#. Some on the list are very known in the nonprofit sector, and others are completely under the radar and providing some very valuable resources to the nonprofit sector. Please follow: 1. David J.

Make Harry's 10th Birthday Wish Come True and Help Children in Cambodia

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As we were singing happy birthday, I realized that Harry is growing up with having social networks and generosity in his life. 

Measuring Organizational Influence In Social Media


John Kelly and Ken Deutsch, Morningside Analytics. So where do you start? Defining the Network. Mapping the Network. Diagram 1. 3. Diagram 2. 4.

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New Study Reveals Nonprofits Still Need to Adapt Online Communications Best Practices


37% of nonprofits did not even bother to send a thank you email. Both email strategies should be a part of any online communications cycle. Yikes.

Why Are So Many Participatory Experiences Focused on Teens?

Museum 2.0

Teens are a known (and somewhat controllable) entity. The first of these reasons is practical. Teens are not the only people with stories to tell.

Twitter Lists for Nonprofits

Amy Sample Ward

Lauren Cochrane has a great post today with ideas for lists organizations could create with Twitter’s new List function.  If you haven’t heard about Lists yet, you’re not behind! They have only been rolled out to around half of the users so far.  You can read more about Lists on the Twitter Blog here. Media. Volunteers.

Small steps to a larger goal


On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I had a chance to share a dinner with an amazingly productive and visionary friend who works in the social change field. In the midst of dinner she asked me a very interesting question, “When your goal is very long-term, how do you decide what to do today? First, I tend to prefer tasks that get others unstuck.

June Holley and The Art of Being Rhizomatic (The Practice of Network Weaving)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meeting June Holley for the first time! The most exciting moment for me was to meet June Holley face-to-face - the guru of network weaving.

Engagement without Joining - Youth Vision

Network-Centric Advocacy

It is tragic that we don't have intentional efforts to drive power, leadership, budgets and responsibility into the hands and power of tested, smart and emerging young leaders.   They are interested in engagement without joining. Why do most of the models for engagement include "joining and membership" vs action, output and results of conversation.

Email is Dead? Long Live Email


First there were rumblings that direct mail was dying. Then TechCrunch said Web2.0 was dying. Yea right! What medium is the next victim?

It's Blog Action Day - time to take action on climate change

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Are Solid-State Drives Ready for Primetime?

Tech Soup Blog

Here's an interesting post by Jeff Atwood about solid-state hard drives ( thanks David! ). As Kevin points out in Should You Upgrade to Windows 7?

Five Essential Apps for Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page

Nonprofit Tech for Good

There are thousands of Apps in the Facebook App Directory that Nonprofit Admins could experiment with on your organization’s Facebook Page, but below I have highlighted my five favorite Apps to get you started: 1. The Static FBML App. icons [ Example: World Wildlife Fund ]. 2. Causes App. Involver Apps. Social RSS App. Links App.

Social Learning Isn't Just for Kids: Learning in Public at Conferences and Workshops

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Justin Benttinen. My participation included: An interactive presentation on best practices for using social media for external communications.

Four Things You Should Know Before You Innovate

FI Space

If you want to implement a new idea or if you’re interested in changing your organizational culture to value innovation, there are four things you should know before you begin. You’re not that smart; they’re not that dumb ( Horstman’s Law ) Many people will be cool to your idea. They have other strengths, indeed some of them will be star performers.

Why Women Are the Market for Changing the World, and How to Reach Them: Interview with The She Spot co-author, Lisa Witter

Have Fun - Do Good

If you are in charge of communications for your nonprofit or NGO, I recommend you read The She Spot: Why Women Are the Market for Changing the World, and How to Reach Them by Lisa Witter and Lisa Chen. Lisa is the Chief Operating Officer of Fenton Communications , the largest public interest communications firm in the country. The first C is care.


350.org Day of Climate Action: From Lake Como

Amy Sample Ward

Let’s focus on 350ppm! Learn more about 350.org and get involved in the Day of Climate Action!

This Week in the Learning Center: Internet Privacy

Tech Soup Blog

This week, TechSoup published a new article on site analytics and privacy issues, Site Statistics and User Privacy for Nonprofit Websites. read more.

Common Ground/Salesforce Fall Updates

Judi Sohn

In addition to Winter ‘10 from the mother ship , a lot of good stuff has been happening this Fall in our little ‘ole Salesforce database. Best of all: we haven’t had to spend an additional penny for any of it, since it’s all about tools we were already using. To me, this is what the cloud is all about. So what’s new?

Guest Post by Aspen Baker: Friend or Foe? UC Berkeley Investigates the Legal Landscape of Social Networking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: As I listened to the NPR story this week about online privacy, it is becoming very important for us to understand the implications. really wanted to attend the " Social Networks Friend for Foe? "at UC Berkeley earlier this month, but unfortunately had a conflict.   Fortunately, my colleague, Aspen Baker, was attending.  Yikes. 

HOW TO: Launch an iPhone App for Your Nonprofit for $25 a Month

Nonprofit Tech for Good

2010 is going to be the year that the large national and international nonprofits launch iPhone Apps. Very expensive. How many downloads have you had?

Connecting Creative Women Entrepreneurs

Have Fun - Do Good

We came up with our own description of what an event like that would look like, but we want to hear your thoughts and opinions, too.

LOUDER, a collaborative campaigning platform

Amy Sample Ward

“Together we are…LOUDER!&# It’s true! And that’s the leading tag for a new campaigning platform called Louder.  Dive in!

How Windows 7 Can Help You Green Your Nonprofit or Library

Tech Soup Blog

In these tough economic times, there are a few relatively easy steps you can take to reduce waste in your IT systems. read more.

Data Portability for Good


Michaela Hackner and Sandy Smith, Forum One Communications. For four weeks this summer, we got a crash course in data transparency. Along with 3 colleagues, we volunteered to develop an entry for the Apps for America 2 contest , sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation. Our entry was not only fun, but useful -- a bonus! Because data is powerful! Right?

The Last Blogpotomac: A New Community Rises from the Ashes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Ghbrett. Geoff Livingston invited me to keynote the conference along with Shel Israel , author of Twitterville.  conference in 2010.

16 Starter Tips for Nonprofit Blogging


Jeff Patrick and I recently did a webinar on Nonprofit Blogging. It was a fantastic time that really seemed to help the attendees. thought I’d share some of what we talked about and get the presentation in your hands so you could use it in ways that benefit you.

Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, oh my! How to prioritize?


We are one month in on our Idealware Facebook experiment. know I shouldn't succumb to the Ashton Kutcher complex, but I can't help checking the number of fans multiple times a day (which isn't great for my office productivity). We are up to 247 fans. Just this week we "featured" the page in our eNews, and hada quick jump from 218 to 247.

Social by Social: Book Giveaway!

Amy Sample Ward

I just got my first copy of the Social by Social book I co-authored earlier this year with David Wilcox , Andy Gibson , and Nigel Courtney and Clive Holtham from Cass Business School.  That’s the book next to the SocialBySocial.com website where you can read the book for free or download the free PDF.  And I’m going to give it away!