The Most Common (Yet Completely Obvious) Mistake Made by Nonprofits on Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nonprofits have been utilizing social media for five years now (beginning with Myspace and YouTube in 2006), and while most at this point have invested the time and resources into designing a solid, visually distinct, social media-compatible avatar, many nonprofits still make the very common (yet completely obvious) mistake of using a cropped logo as their avatar in their social media campaigns. Please do not underestimate the power – or lack thereof – of your nonprofit’s avatar.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofit Social Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ask for your raise first, and then ask for a budget for graphic design work (avatar, Twitter background, YouTube Channel background, Facebook banners, etc.), One of the biggest downsides for me personally from being connected to the Social Web 50-70 hours a week is that my brain has a hard time reading for extended periods of time.


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Meet Budley Omegamu/Sombit Mishra

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I met an avatar named Budley Omegamu who turned out to be Sombit Mishra who is a Technology Associate at GlobalGiving. If you're curious, skeptical, or trying to wrap your brain around the possibilities of nonprofits in Second Life, put July 18th 6:00 PM PST on your calendar. I've been attending the weekly Friday TechSoup meetings in Second Life and you run into the most fascinating people.

4,393 Reasons Why I Like TweetDeck And Other Ways To Drink from the Fire Hydrant

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Photo by Spike 55151 I read recently that the reason for "senior moments" - you know when you can't quite recall someone's name in an instant - is because the aging brain is simply taking in more data and trying to sift through a clutter of information.   Profile View:  You can click on the person's avatar/profile and it shows up in another screen. 

Guest Post by Amanda Rose: Reflections on Cause Fatigue

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Recently, my best friend Alyson ( was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. I don’t have a Livestrong band on my Twitter avatar because it is the cool thing to do. Note from Beth: Last week, I wrote a reflection on a CNET article called "Crowded Roads Ahead for Charity 2.0," musing about the solution. A number folks offers some insights in the comments or on Twitter, including Amanda.

Guest Post: A New Role for Science Museums--Playground for Scientists

Museum 2.0

Beck is the brain behind the risk-taker/space-maker paradigm I''ve shared here in the past. Using facial morphing software to change a player''s avatar to a different ethnicity, we fed the game with hundreds of photos that were judged in a "hot or not" type interface and gave players a view of how intelligent, attractive, and trustworthy others perceived them to be as two different ethnicities. One of the greatest gifts of my babymoon is the opportunity to share the Museum 2.0

NpTechTag Summary: Connected Conversations, Live Blogging, and Other Great Finds

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Social Web and Altruism Nick Booth, high fibre podcasting blog, points us to some fascinating brain research that has discovered the part of the brain responsible for altruism and he links it to why nonprofits should be using the social web to advance their missions. photo of Lucy Bernholz live blogging during the Northern California Grantmakers Briefing. Photo in flickr from Community Technology Foundation.

Nedra Weinreich: Social Marketing Guru

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

People generally know what it is that they SHOULD be doing, but what they ACTUALLY do is often related to things beyond the rational side of their brain. ve been exploring Second Life and avatar marketing ??? Nedra Weinreich, Spare Change Blog Nedra Weinreich was one of the first nonprofit tagged blogs that I discovered while browsing the blogher blogroll a few months back.

nfp 2.0 » Charities: Are you cool or old school?

Rebooting Charity

Now I’m not qualified enough to judge the credentials of the founder Dan Morrell and the scientific brains behind Global Cool, nor get into a debate about whether carbon offsetting will really make a difference, or whether we need to go much further … but that’s not my point anyway.

Game Friday: Games that Make You a Better Person (Really!)

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I have a friend with a GPS-enabled running watch that tracks his path, and then shows a little animation of an avatar representing him on his last run to "race" the same trail. alpha brain waves game I always see at ASTC. There's a lot of interesting gaming stuff going on since GDC and SXSW have just finished up, but this week, I want to focus on some gaming in the real world, with an environmental twist.

If we’d had Twitter on 9/11

Connection Cafe

Or, more recently, how the native population in Avatar are connected to one another through a planetary-wide nervous system. If people who are more socially-linked are truly faster to catch an infection, perhaps the most socially-linked leaders would be fastest to identify & respond to destructive impulses in our now more collective brain. Author: Jennifer Darrouzet.