More online than local: Why I love Google Docs

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, I've used wikispaces, pbwiki, socialtext, jotspot, and writely (now google docs). But, since Google combined writely and its spreadsheets into Google Docs - I'm going to consolidate there. You can easilyl collaborate with spreadsheets and docs. No folder structure and that takes some getting used to). Last month, when I had my horrible computer crash, I lost one or two documents and a few emails. It was because I wasn't only backed up within 24 hours, not minutes.

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 3: Content Strategy

Connection Cafe

Messaging hierarchy – Word doc or PowerPoint deck. Page Description Diagrams – Word doc. Editorial Calendar – spreadsheet or Word doc. Note: This is the seventh in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process.

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Finest Choices for the Best SEO Works Now 

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

The first is to organize and structure the content. We thus find, in the manner of Google Docs a title menu, from the largest (the main title in h1) to the smallest. The title elements of a website serve two purposes. This is the second to animate the curiosity of users.

Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts

NTEN

As we all know, the nonprofit tech community is loaded with smart and thoughtful organizers who give their time and efforts to help the rest of us do the good work we do. We recognize NTEN’s 501 Tech Clubs (local in-person groups) and Communities of Practice (CoPs) (online affinity groups) organizers are one clever and innovative bunch! We learn new community organizing tips and tools from them all the time.

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Advocacy Policy, Part Two - And Why Now is an Especially Good Time to Create One

Museum 2.0

We reviewed a handful of existing policies from other institutions (local and national, museums and not), discussed their attributes, and started drafting/stealing/reworking with a Google doc. We wanted enough of a process to provide clarity and structure without too many hoops.

Software for Collaboration

Idealware

Google Docs) Remote File Sharing Tools: Mechanisms to allow users to access and edit a pool of shared documents (i.e. vBulletin or phpBB) Longer Term, Structured Collaborations Online Project Management Tool : Users share documents, calendars, tasks, and structured conversations (i.e. Everyone suddenly wants to collaborate!

New Book: How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Use virtual tools to manage campaign internally (Yammer, Google Docs, Listening Dashboards, Private Facebook Groups, etc). The book also covers what staffing structure is required for success of multichannel campaigns.

Can Nonprofit Organizations Work More Like Clouds? How?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We use google docs, chat, spreadsheets etc. One problem with NP's is that they took their governance structures from for-profit corporations and these are obviously not optimal for the type of work they do. . Source: Rob Cross, What is ONA? Organizational Network Analysis).

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5 Questions: Social Media's Potential for Faith Based Communities

NTEN

As social media “flattens” the landscape, it will (is) having a strong impact on the structure and function of faith based organizations, many of which have developed as fairly “top-down” institutions. For success is this evolving marketplace, I want attendees to realize that the implications range from mission and strategy, to the nuts and bolts of setting up a Google doc, and everywhere in between.

Technology is 90% Psychology

NTEN

Even if you've managed to stave off the social media hounds in your nonprofit so far, you've seen other signs: Those twenty-something staffers who look dumbstruck when you inform them you don't know GDoc from Doc Holliday. Today, we need decentralized structures to succeed. As your organization has felt the push of technology - social media and otherwise - what has it meant for how your organization is structured?

Content Management Ease of What? For Who?

Idealware

Add an image, doc, video? Ease of Setting Up a Simple Site: How easy is it to configure the structure and pages for a simple site - just a handful of pages and perhaps an event calendar? Here at Idealware world headquarters, we're in the thick of researching a report comparing open source content management systems - WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone.

Live Blogging: 09NTC Mapping Your Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Themes that people want to learn: new metrics structures can bubble up. Qui - for clients that are larger, we set up media citation reports (like a word doc with titles and links and relevant info about the mentions and how they should respond). I’m here at NTEN’s 09NTC and am going to live blog Beth Kanter’s session on mapping your social media strategy to metrics. Below is the live blog or the archive of the live blog. Can’t wait!

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Rebecca Leaman, Guest Post: What Else Can We Talk About? 10 Years Since The Cluetrain Manifesto

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ten years ago, Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger laid out 95 principles for communicating with customers online. Non-profits, traditionally structured on the same top-down model as businesses are, might read The Cluetrain Manifesto to their advantage.

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Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for 300 People

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A conversational panel or keynote does some blending of learning modalities – it includes some content-delivery and structured small group and full group conversations. There is a lead facilitator – in the panel or keynote model – it’s the Oprah with the mic.

The Best Productivity Tools (Part 2): Favorites Revealed

Tech Soup Blog

InVision and Marvel are prototyping tools in which you can have many people contribute and leave comments, like Google Docs for design. It includes card sorting and tree tests to help you decide on your website navigation structure (and help people find things on your website more easily).

Making the Best of Data Conversion

Idealware

The top level lists are often cleaner, easier to check, more essential, and less encumbered with old-to-new data structure changes. Use a shared Google doc or some other collaboratively editable document to hold the conversion steps. Ask most any developer what's the worst part of a software project and mostly likely you'll hear, “data conversion.” And what's most magical when working a project spec? We're going to start fresh with new data.”

NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Trends in the Living Networks blog gives an analysis of the structure of influence and social opinion which offers some insights into leveraging a network effect. Laura Whitehead of Laura's Notebook highly recommends the recent CommonCraft video on Google Docs in Plain English.

NetCentric Advocacy: A little outrage for Thomas L. Friedman

Network-Centric Advocacy

We are not building a physical structure. It might be as simple as skype call among the organizers, listserves, or blogs and google docs. We are not building a physical structure. It might be as simple as skype call among the organizers, listserves, or blogs and google docs. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

1stfans: An Audience-Specific Membership Program at the Brooklyn Museum

Museum 2.0

We couldn't use our exisiting setup to process these memberships, so we had to rethink it by using Google Checkout for payment and Google Docs to keep track of folks. I think of this is a living membership structure in this way - we watch and we adapt.

Non-Profit Technology Recommendations Your Nonprofit Should Consider | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I hope Yahoo seriously considers a special pricing structure for nonprofits similar to Google Apps for Nonprofits. Their Office lookalikes for Word and Excel (Writer and Sheet) actually function better than Google’s Docs.

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Non-Profit Technology Recommendations Your Nonprofit Should Consider | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I hope Yahoo seriously considers a special pricing structure for nonprofits similar to Google Apps for Nonprofits. Their Office lookalikes for Word and Excel (Writer and Sheet) actually function better than Google’s Docs.

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