Sat.Apr 24, 2010 - Fri.Apr 30, 2010

Video Interview with Andre Blackman of Pulse + Signal

NetWits

I spent some time with Andre Blackman while at South by South West Interactive 2010. Andre writes at Pulse + Signal where he talks about how technology and new ways of thinking can impact the field of public health. If you’re wondering where Pulse + Signal comes from Andre describes it like this … Pulse = Life, Health, "what keeps you going" and Signal = Technology, standing out, a prompt to action

Slacktivism: Why Snopes got it Wrong About Internet Petitions

Frogloop

"It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done," observed Oscar Wilde.

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8 New Facebook Social Plugins And How They’ll Socialize Your Nonprofit Website

John Haydon

On Monday I shared with you my initial thoughts on how Facebook will change how we all experience and use the internet – and how this change will impact your nonprofit. Right now, when people visit your website, they see the same content as every other visitor.

Do-Good Mother's Day Gift and Donation Ideas

Have Fun - Do Good

Mother's Day is only a couple weeks away (Sunday, May 9th). Do you know what you're going to give your mom? Gifts of time, and homemade gifts are probably some of the best gifts you can give your mom, but sometimes you live too far away to get together, or don't have time to make something special.

HOW TO: Create a Mobile Website for Your Nonprofit for $8 a Month

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The Web is going mobile. Faster than anyone thought. Smartphones are transforming the Internet and how individuals access the Web. One in five Americans now access the mobile Web daily. Some through Apps. Others through mobile Web browsers.

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Four Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Reconsider Facebook

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Reconsider. To think about again. To reassess. To reevaluate. I have been mulling this post over for months, and with some recent changes made by Facebook, the time has come.

Social CRM, part 2: Metrics vs. CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

So while I’ve been off twitter, I’ve had time to research social CRM (funny, that.) And what I’ve found is pretty interesting. CRM stands for “Customer Relationship Management&# (not to be confused with “Cause Related Marketing&# - it came from the for-profit space. In the nonprofit world we use this acronym to mean “Constituent Relationship Management&# , generally.

Social Media and Privacy: Best Practices for Managing Your Personal and Professional Identities

NTEN

Andrew Heller, andrewheller.com. Here's the situation: midnight is fast approaching and the server is still down. After working on the problem for hours with your manager, you're still scratching your head over how to solve the problem. As the night wears on, business conversation slowly turns into personal conversation. While you're applying a patch and a window reads "90 minutes remaining" questions such as "So, go to the game last night?"

Does Privacy on Facebook, Google, and Twitter Even Matter? | Fast Company

AFP Blog

Does Privacy on Facebook, Google, and Twitter Even Matter? Fast Company: "What was Google thinking? When the search company launched Buzz a couple of months ago, engineers came up with what they thought was a clever way to kick-start the new social-networking service: They would build Buzz directly into Gmail. Kick-starter number two: Buzz would mine your contacts so you didn't land in a

Four Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Question Facebook’s Integrity, Longevity, and ROI (Return on Investment)

Nonprofit Tech for Good

This very long post has been a long-time coming for so many reasons. Some of the opinions I express below I have had for a while and speak to them in my webinars and trainings, but some are so recent that I am still in the stage of “Seriously Facebook? Really?&#.

#1MillionShirts and the Power of the Network

Amy Sample Ward

I can’t count how many times an organization, a campaigner or a consultant has asked for my opinion about “how can I make this go viral ?&# My response is usually broken down into two parts: 1. what do you think viral means? what are you actually trying to do (no campaign, no program, no service has the goal of simply being “viral&# )?

NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: April 30

NTEN

(Note: This is a weekly round-up of NTEN members doing and sharing their nptech awesome. Members are in bold. Tag your own news with "nten member" or "nptech" to help us find your awesome online, or contact Annaliese with your updates.) . Back from the NTC hiatus of these weekly round-ups, I figure it's only fitting to start out with the round-up of all the online notes and media the NTEN community generated around and after the 2010 conference.

Census Bureau Data Displays

VisionLink

Have you returned your Census Bureau form? Using this year of the Census as a kick off, we are pleased to integrate US Census Bureau data into our mapping layer. This is the same module that allows our customers to display the locations of their clients (or sub-sets of clients), and the location of relevant community services as well.

Volunteers can access centralized database for nonprofits - The Reporter

AFP Blog

Volunteers can access centralized database for nonprofits - The Reporter: "With support from organizations such as United Way, First 5 Solano and the Valero refinery in Benicia, a new online volunteer center for Solano County has been launched.The new site allows local nonprofit organizations to sign up to be part of a mass database, where those interested in donating or volunteering time can.

Great reads from around the web on April 28th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of April 28th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. 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).

Calling All Nonprofits: Its Time for a Privacy Upgrade

NTEN

Nicole A. Ozer, ACLU of Northern California. More and more, nonprofits rely on technology to fulfill our missions. We connect with members using e-mail and social networking, carry out research on search engines and Web sites, and use online services to purchase supplies and produce and store documents. And our members also rely on technology to take part, booking reminders in online calendars or using GPS-enabled cell phones to get to events.

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Data Exchange White Paper: Benefits

VisionLink

We have a new White Paper on the Thought Leadership section of our main VisionLink Web Site : Non Profits Sharing Data: Increasing Effectiveness Through Data Exchange As we work with a wide variety of social services, homeless management, elder care, 2-1-1s, disaster relief, volunteer, and donation networks, we often find ourselves at the center of data exchange conversations. To inform and kickstart the conversation in your partnership, check out the White Paper.

The Nonprofit Quarterly | The Nonprofit Quarterly | Nonprofit Newswire | Four Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Reconsider Facebook

AFP Blog

The Nonprofit Quarterly | The Nonprofit Quarterly | Nonprofit Newswire | Four Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Reconsider Facebook: "April 27, 2010; Source: Nonprofit Tech 2.0 | Is your organization on Facebook? Like myriad other nonprofits, NPQ is. We came to the social media game after much careful consideration, and so it's heartening to see other trusted advisors offering critical advice about

Will Nonprofits “Like” the More Social Web that New Facebook Features Present?

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. If you’ve been paying attention to the news in the past week , you’ve most likely heard about the new changes making their way into Facebook to make sharing interests across the web easier.

Separating Personal and Professional Lives on Social Media

Robert Weiner

Do you "friend" your co-workers, clients, or service recipients on Facebook? What about LinkedIn? Are your tweets appropriate for all audiences? Andrew Heller discussed the risks of oversharing in his NTEN blog post Social Media and Privacy: Best Practices for Managing Your Personal and Professional Identities. His basic advice: "Be Prepared. Be mindful of your online presence. Think thrice before acting."

Theatre Flashmobs on YouTube and Swarms of Theater Goers on FourSquare

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been preparing for a Leadership Conference with TCG (Theatre Communications Group, the service organizations for theatre companies) on strategic social media. So, I've been looking at a lot of different examples of how theatres are using social media. 

Reasons to Be Wary About Text Giving - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Reasons to Be Wary About Text Giving - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Reasons to Be Wary About Text GivingBy Jacquelyn KasuyaMobile text giving, if used improperly, could result in the loss of committed donors for anonymous, one-time, low-dollar gifts, Jeff Brooks, a nonprofit consultant, writes in a column for this.

Tackling your content inventory

Connection Cafe

Author: Lacey Kruger. After my last post , a reader asked for more information and instruction on creating a content inventory. What a great idea for a follow-up post! Maintaining an up-to-date listing of all content on your site will help your web team make decisions about adding new content and removing or updating outdated content to keep your web site fresh and entice users to come back.

How Facebook Community Pages Undermine Nonprofit’s Official Pages in Facebook Searches

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Today is Arbor Day. I wanted to promote the the National Arbor Day’s Facebook Page on the Nonprofit Organizations Facebook Page. So, I searched Facebook for “Arbor Day&# and three Pages came up: 1) Arbor Day :: 79 Likes: www.facebook.com/pages/Arbor-Day/103129336394300.

Spreadsheet Aerobics: Actionable Measurement for Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Metro Library and Archive. I'm working with a small group of Packard Foundation grantees on a social media lab where they are implementing different social media experiments. Part of the process includes regular check-in calls to reflect on what we're learning.

Enhancing the Donor Experience : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Enhancing the Donor Experience : FundRaising Success: "n her presentation at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore earlier this month, Bridget Brandt, senior marketing manager at Sage Nonprofit Solutions, discussed some keys to creating loyal donors through their experiences with your organization. Here are some takeaways from the session, titled 'How You Can Create

2010 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Reveals Surprising Stats

Frogloop

Thanks to Allyson for inviting me to guest post. I’ll try to keep it short and just sweet enough to fill you in on everything you need to know about the new 2010 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study from M+R Strategic Services and NTEN.

Make a Google Search Story Video in Under 5 Minutes

See What's Out There

Remember the touching Google Search Story about Parisian Love that aired during the Superbowl? Well now you can create your own Search Story in less than 5 minutes.

What's Your Nonprofit's Social Media Measurement Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Halloween Jack. Many nonprofits have are actively exploring social media - from dipping in their toes into the water with a low-investment experiment to jumping off the cliff.

Professional Guides — Pistachio

AFP Blog

Professional Guides — Pistachio: "Professional GuidesIndustry-specific guides to Twitter, by profession.".

The Next Big Shake-Ups In Fundraising

Frogloop

Wonder what the next big shake-up in the fundraising world is going to be so you can prepare and stay ahead of the curve? Frogloop asked some of our favorite fundraising experts to weigh in on this conversation.

Where's the Mobile Museum Project for Intact Social Groups?

Museum 2.0

When a technologist calls me to talk about their brilliant idea for a museum-related business, it's always a mobile application. There are lots of wonderful (and probably not very high margin) experiments going on in museums with mobile devices.

Convio goes public!

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Convio (CNVO) went public yesterday! The IPO did quite well considering the circumstances. When assessing the two tech IPOs of the day, the second being a hardware manufacturer, an industry analyst said: “You can keep selling the same (software) code over and over again. On the hardware side, that stuff is obsolete. By the time it is released, there is already something better in development,&# said Morningnotes.com founder Ben Holmes. Convio was hoping to raise $56.5 million with this IPO.

Facebook and Nonprofits: the Evolution Continues | onPhilanthropy

AFP Blog

Facebook and Nonprofits: the Evolution Continues | onPhilanthropy: "As usual, the prolific Beth Kanter has a great round-up of Facebook changes and how they effect nonprofits and it’s a must-read for anyone trying to parse them and plan for the coming year (after all, who could predict what the Facebook model and jargon will be next year?). Observes Beth