Great reads from around the web on February 1st

Amy Sample Ward

To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). Pundits have been weighing in on the role of social media in sparking the uprising, and whether it is a necessary ingredient in accelerating modern revolutions or simply an over-hyped notion. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Great reads from around the web on April 14th

Amy Sample Ward

Yet in addition to bringing greater awareness to that tool, the hype surrounding Moldova revealed misunderstanding of the value of of Twitter for activism and, even though the realists responded strongly, there was not a stand-alone resource which clearly defined how Twitter could be used by activists." Tags: roundup bookmarks These are some links I wanted to share from April 14th. Find me on Delicious for more!


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Rebooting Charity

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10 Instagram Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Like Facebook Stories, there’s a lot of hype about stories (which disappear 24 hours after posting), but for most nonprofits, there’s very little tangible ROI in exchange for the time required to create visually appealing, engaging stories.

Are You Going To Adopt Google+ for Professional Learning/Networking? Why or Why Not?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What we’re witnessing with the hype and geek love swirling around Google+ follows a well established pattern identified by Gartner analysts called “ hype cycles.&# It begins with a technology trigger, followed by the peak of inflated expectations and punditry. And, of course, all the funny comics showing the demise of Twitter and Facebook anything else that stands in Google + way to getting more adoption or increasing it stock value.

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Social Media Adoption: The Line Between Individual/Personal and Organizational

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Technology providers also try to avoid getting seduced by the hype cycles. As Jon Stahl notes, in reaction to the recent Overbook Foundation Report , I wonder how much of this anxiety is the product of nonprofit sector consultants and pundits hyping Web 2.0 How short was the hype cycle of MySpace? Should all nonprofits be doing all of these things, plus blogging, social bookmarking, IM, screencasting, user-generated content, etc.

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Google + for Social Change Activists: Dive in Early or Wait?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m not recommending that all nonprofits should immediately just say no (or yes) to the latest technology tool that is capturing the imagination (and time) of geeks. But, it is important to have a framework like Gartner Technology Hype Cycle to think it through. There are three choices: Early Move: Willing to combine risk taking with an understanding that risky investments don’t always pay off.

NpTech Tag Summary: Chimp Personality, Convio Open API, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In " The Social Web Ain't Rocket Science " Worldchanging blogger Jon Lebkowsky reminds us that blogs, wikis, and social networking sites may not be appropriate for all nonprofits and that hype and pressure shouldn't drive adoption decisions or they may not be successful. Social Bookmarking. A terrific step-by-step guide guide called Social Bookmarking with Find out what kind of monkey you are for a good cause.

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Giving the Gift of Technology

Museum 2.0

In most cases, the hype that precedes a tool is so overwhelming that its functional value is lost in its charm appeal. When hype is the driver, the essential step of evaluating a given technology for its functional value is lost. The technology, like other gifts, is evaluated, not hyped or coerced. Museum 2.0 is on semi-vacation this week. I’m writing this from Lake Tahoe.

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nfp 2.0 » What does Second Life success look like for non-profits?

Rebooting Charity

And there’s much to be said for this assessment: Bilder describes the deployment of tech as having to pass through processes that includes a hype, failure and then re-emergence phase. The trouble with this, he says, is that we focus on one instance of a technology during the hype time. I (just about) remember the hype surrounding VRML2.0

The Ultimate Guide to Promoting Your School’s Giving Day

Connection Cafe

From branded animated gifs to graphic updates and even hype videos, your options for developing creative content are endless. That way, your donors can even bookmark the page, saving it for easy access for later. Joe Garecht’s eBook, How to Hold a Successful Giving Day for Your School , offers great advice for development teams on running a giving day event.

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