The Cost of Free Technology for Nonprofits: Thoughts On Ning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, Ning, announced a complete end to free services for its users. Manny Hernandez, author of Ning for Dummies, nonprofit social media consultant, and organizer of two of the most successful nonprofit communities ( Tudiabetes and Estudiabetes ) on Ning, offered his two cents to the new CEO of Ning. He is concerned about the small nonprofits and grassroots groups that will not be able to stick with Ning because of cost. Photo by Eurleif.

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Nonprofits Using Ning: An Interview with Community Media Workshop and Best Practices

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week for WeAreMedia project, I put a call on Twitter for case studies, best practices, and links about nonprofits using social networking sites, including Ning. Ning, which lets you set up your own custom social network, has attracted attention for its ability to create communities that are more functional than those created through competing services from Google and Yahoo listservs. Nonprofits, support groups, and nonprofit professionals have found their homes on Ning.

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Ning/Social Networking Expert Needed for My Pops

Have Fun - Do Good

I have a personal request for all you Ning and social networking experts out there. They are using Ning to build a social network and need some help setting it up to meet their needs, for example, they'd like to incorporate LinkedIn on the site. They are looking for general social networking advice as well. I just sent them Jusin Perkins of Care2's ROI Calcualator for Social Networking , but I'm not enough of a Ning expert to be of more help than that.

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My Social Actions - is it yours, too?

Amy Sample Ward

Social Actions , the platform that makes it easy for individuals and organizations to share actions across the web, has just launched it’s Ning-powered social network: My.SocialActions. It’s built on Ning, so it has some features you’re probably familiar with, too. Get advice.

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An Amazing NpTech Social Media Link Buffet: Take Your Pick!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

SocialGiving , a Ning app that allows for peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives for Ning Network Creators was launched this week by PincGiving. Ning has been a popular platform for nonprofits to create communities of interest around their causes. Manny Hernandez, author of Ning for Dummies, is the founder of tudiabetes and estudiabetes - two highly successful nonprofit communities on Ning. Follow his blog for expert Ning advice.

Guest Post by Manny Hernandez: Transitioning From Social Media Cloud to Nonprofit Organization

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

His online communities are the most tech-savvy of the independent diabetes communities : Hernandez built it on social networking platform Ning, the company at which he worked before starting these online communities and his nonprofit. It's filled with good advice on this topic. Manny Hernandez is a social entrepreneur, community strategist, president of the diabetes hands foundation , founder of tudiabetes and estudiabetes , author of ning for dummies.

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An Interview With Dr. Lynda Kelly, Australian Museum

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She also just set up a social networking site on Ning where museum professionals are discussing the future of museums in a Web 2.0 " (That is let people from work know who their friends are) When someone showed me Ning, I thought it was great to try for a community of practice because it is about the network and a good way to introduce people who are new to social media and give it go. What advice would you offer to other museums and nonprofits who want introduce web2.0

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How To Get Started Thinking About Online Peer Learning Communities for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

Ning – Popular with nonprofits, reasonably priced, may require some customization. Provides advice, tips, tricks, questions, and support. Note from Beth: This one of my favorite photos of a workshop I designed and facilitated at SXSW called “ Peer Learning Session for Nonprofit Social Media Managers.”

NPTechTag Roundup: Election Debriefs and Wikis in Your Kitchen!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It will be interesting to see if this advice holds true for the voters of the future based on Dannah Boyd's post " What i mean when i say "email is dead" in reference to teens. Video Blogging Steve Garfield offers this advice when selecting a video host for your videos: Be aware of where you put your Creative Commons Non-Commercial videos. (An Click To Play. Found via the NpTech Tag at

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Study Provides A Baseline for Nonprofit Use of Social Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Where do branded social networks like Ning sites fall? There's a lot of advice available on how to make that decision (see slide 30 ), but there's a lot to be learned about the steps nonprofits are taking to develop their online community strategy on social networks or house social networks and a greater understanding of the life cycle of a nonprofit's social network community.

Stop Cyberbullying Day: Some Inspiration from the Blogosphere

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

First off, I want to thank Andy Carvin for organizing this day and the ning site and leading by example - showing us how to take an issue and integrate the use of new social media tools! Here's her advice for educators, students, and parents on how to stop Cyberbullying Today!: Some advice on what's needed on the Web/Blogopshere for the here and now for adults.

Explaining Open Social to Your Executive Director

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

where your mini-application can extend to: MySpace, Bebo, SixApart, Orkut, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Ning, Hi5, Plaxo, Friendster, Viadeo and Oracle. But what if your organization is just getting started, what is the advice? The buzz has been going full blast about Google's Open Social API, from TechCrunch to ZDNET. The nonprofit technology community is aksing: " What will Google Open Social mean for nonprofits?

NpTech Tag Summary: Scarcity Thinking, Social Network Fragmentation?, and Engagement Strategies

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Netsquared Net Tuesday next week in SF is about " How Nonprofits Can Use And Build Online Social Networks ," featuring speakers from and Ning. Building on Each Others Ideas Heather over at the Aspiration Blog hosted this week 's Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants which includes a good roundup of advice. Flickr photo from handsome monkey. Engagement Strategie s.