Sat.Aug 11, 2012 - Fri.Aug 17, 2012

Why don’t my friends like me on Facebook?

Connection Cafe

Author: Miriam Kagan.Well actually they do. But lately, I've noticed an interesting trend: I post something on Facebook that I think is fascinating, hilarious, or some deep revelation into the mysterious world of Miriam Kagan, and my social sphere reacts in.dead silence.

Lame spam of the day: Fake eFaxes

Robert Weiner

This one's scary since I'm an eFax user. But I was suspicious that it was asking me to click on a link (pointing to a server in Germany) rather than open an attachment. There were lots of warnings in 2010 about fake eFax messages delivering malware. I don't know what this one does and don't intend to find out. Here's what they look like. Sender: eFax (message@inbound.efax.com). Subject: Corporate eFax message - 4 pages. Text: Fax Message [Caller-ID: 369-716-1218].

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Social Media and College Admissions

SocialFish

Check out this infographic about how colleges are searching for students online. Many associations have similar audiences (on both sides, the admissions side and the student side). Tip o’ the hat to Online.Colleges.net for this. Presented by: OnlineColleges.net. Useful Data

40% of Association Members’ Online Time is in Professional Communities [Research]

AFP Blog

40% of Association Members’ Online Time is in Professional Communities [Research] : A new research project from the Society of New Communication Research called, The Social Mind, examines the rise of new social behaviors and interrelationships between individuals, organizations, and influencers. The three year series of studies surveyed more than 400 professionals and highly educated people in North America who participate in social media networks.

Please tell me I didn't just hit send

Connection Cafe

Author: Brandy Reppy. Ok, I'll admit it. I really love the show The Newsroom on HBO. I recognize that it's got its flaws, but frankly, I like it. Time will tell how it all plays out (am I the only one who thinks it's rapidly getting closer to real time?),

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President’s Update - Spring 2012

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Telling the Benetech story better is crucial to our future: crucial to making the social change at scale that we consider the essence of innovation. It also helps with recruiting employees, volunteers, and donors! In 2012, we’ll be rolling out new branding, new media, and new stories all with the goal of getting better at what we do and raising our impact. However, the very first step we took was to ask our team to describe the core values that make us who we are.

How to Apply Social to Communications

SocialFish

Do you work in the Communications Department? We live in a world where anyone, anywhere, can sound off about anything at any time.

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This. Country. Is. Crazy.

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Yesterday, I''m sitting in my room in Oakland, and I hear a series of gunshots very close to my house. I look out of the windows, but don''t see much. The police block off the street, and apparently, someone was at least gravely injured, but I haven''t heard details. But of course, this was only one of many incidents of gun violence, in Oakland, in Californai, and in the United States. .

Benetech, Bookshare and Google Summer of Code

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Many thanks to Thushan Ganegedara for this guest post about his summer open source project. I’m Thushan Ganegedara, a 3 rd year undergraduate from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. My interests are Mobile Development and Computational Intelligence. My first-ever experience with Google Summer of Code has been with Benetech. I have realized that Benetech is indeed “technology serving humanity.”

Trust is Better than Control

SocialFish

So says Sandy Carter, Vice President and Social Business Evangelist at IBM. Humanize

AFP Suncoast Blog

AFP Blog

AFP Suncoast Blog : Social Media and Fundraising: Tampa Metropolitan YMCA

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Lame spams of the day: More people sending me money

Robert Weiner

Even more people want to send me money. Here are a few examples: Sender: Authorize.Net (emailreceipts@authorize.net). Subject: Successful Credit Card Settlement Report. Text: Dear Customer, The following is your Credit Card settlement report for Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Transaction Volume Statistics for Settlement Batch dated 14-Aug-2012. Batch ID: 320541579. Business Day: 14-Aug-2012. Net Batch Total: 8172.92 (USD). Number of Charge Transactions: 1. Amount of Charge Transactions: 8172.92.

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This. Country. Is. Crazy.

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Yesterday, I'm sitting in my room in Oakland, and I hear a series of gunshots very close to my house. I look out of the windows, but don't see much. The police block off the street, and apparently, someone was at least gravely injured, but I haven't heard details. But of course, this was only one of many incidents of gun violence, in Oakland, in Californai, and in the United States. .

Best Practices for Association Microsites

SocialFish

This is a guest post by Andrea Bona , of One Orange Feather, on their great survey of associations’ use of microsites. Download the paper here. It’s awesome.

Razoo raises $100M for social causes without dancing, PBS, or Milton Berle | VentureBeat

AFP Blog

Razoo raises $100M for social causes without dancing, PBS, or Milton Berle | VentureBeat : Crowdfunding-for-causes platform Razoo hit the $100 million mark today. It raised more than half of this amount in the past nine months, ever since veteran gaming executive Lesley Mansford took over as CEO and applied her unique expertise to fundraising for social good. NPCrowdfunding

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Lame spam of the day: How are you

Robert Weiner

OK, this is totally lame. No graphics, no links, no attachments. One copy came from Marcus Richmond (besiegersr032@chinesegamer.net) and one came from Brent Gaines (taciturnoxx28@wonderware.com). The subject line of both was "hi". The text was "How are you." That's it. Each took a twisting path through servers in multiple countries. I'm guessing someone is taking their new spam software for a test drive.

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Three Strategies to Plan Campaigns and Engage Supporters

Frogloop

As a consultant to nonprofits , I get calls and emails daily from organizations are who are looking to market their online campaigns, grow their email list, and raise more money. Often they are looking for a quick fix, which is just bad strategy and frankly a waste of money. When you focus on one-off marketing campaigns (even if they are done through multiple channels) that don’t have a long shelf life, you see a quick bump and everyone at the organization is jumping for joy.

Thai Chickpea Almond Curry from Let Them Eat Vegan!

Have Fun - Do Good

During my blogging sabbatical , we started a new cookbook over at VegCookbook Club : Let Them Eat Vegan! by Dreena Burton. So far, most of the things I've made from it have been super yummy.

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How to Raise Funds Through Crowd Funding Platforms | Social Media Today

AFP Blog

How to Raise Funds Through Crowd Funding Platforms | Social Media Today. NPCrowdfunding

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Lame spam of the day: You pig!

Robert Weiner

I got a kick out of this one. It's short and sweet -- and, I hope, ineffective. Sophos says it's a malware delivery device. Sender: LAU18eRogelio@aol.com. Subject: You pig! Text: You should be stoping ignoring me or i will send this photos to your spouse!!! Attachment: DCIM.zip. Malware Spam Malw

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How to Share Bad News with Your Supporters and Keep Your Choir Engaged

Frogloop

You look forward to sharing victories with your community. Who wouldn’t? A big win offers a jolt of enthusiasm and shows that your hard work is paying off. As any seasoned campaigners know though, advocacy work isn’t always smooth sailing. You are bound to hit patches of rough water. The way you address these challenges and how you share bad news with your community are critical to the long-term health and strength of your movement. Ok, so you lost the vote.

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Compassion and Play

Have Fun - Do Good

Compassion: "from com- ' together'.

One Tweet from a CEO is worth 100 Tweets from Staff

AFP Blog

One Tweet from a CEO is worth 100 Tweets from Staff

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Lame spams of the day: 123Greetings

Robert Weiner

Supposed friends have been sending me lots of electronic greeting cards lately -- a dozen in the past few days. Of course, the person mentioned in the cards is a stranger. The From address has been ecards@123greetings.com. The subjects have been: Your friend sent you an e-card. New e-card for you. An E-card from your friend. You have received an e-card. Your loved one sent you an e-card. The text has been variations on the following: Sheila varius.ultrices@auctor.ca

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37 Tips to Engage Your Website Visitors

Frogloop

If you are in the process of planning to redesign your organization’s website, we have 37 tips and best practices for you to check out. Last week I had the opportunity to co-present on the panel 37 Must-Have Strategies to Better Engage Your Website Visitors at the annual Bridge Conference in Washington, DC. During the panel, Sue Anne Reed of the Engage Group, Rob Manix of Defenders of Wildlife and I spent 90 minutes talking to a packed room of nonprofits.

Four Important Lessons from a Nonprofit Board Nomination Process

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Ryan Johnson , Vice President, Publishing and Community. for WorldatWork. My term on the board of a national nonprofit professional association recently came to an end after more than 5 years—including a year as the chair of the board, and a year as immediate past board chair.

Humor Site Aspires to Be 'The Onion' for Nonprofits - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Humor Site Aspires to Be 'The Onion' for Nonprofits - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : John Suart wants his humor Web site to be The Onion for nonprofits. But first he must grapple with the earnestness of nonprofit workers trying to save the world

AskIdealware: How do I use social media to define my brand?

Idealware

What do your Facebook and Twitter posts say about your organization? In this video, Andrea Berry talks through how to define and control your brand on social media. Want to learn more about how social media can help your organization's brand?

What's the String that Ties One Experience at Your Institution with the Next?

Museum 2.0

Reader, I was wrong. In 2008, I wrote a post arguing that museums should focus on the pre-visit, not the post-visit, if they want to capture and retain visitors.

How Storytelling Captivates, Convinces And Inspires Employees And Customers

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Three months into my first job out of college my boss brings me into the company cafeteria and tells me things just aren’t working out. He states a few things he likes about my work. Then, he details a longer list of what he doesn’t like. I’m surprised. Worried I’ll lose my first real job.

How To Create User Personas for Your Website

John Haydon

Developing user personas for your website will help you design a website that resonates with visitors, motivates content sharing, and converts more e-mail subscribers, donors and volunteers.

One Global Development Organization Welcomes Pinterest

Idealware

In the midst of a very exciting project looking at how global development organizations are using mobile technology for fundraising and outreach, I recently spoke with Heifer International’s Rich Cason, Director of Internet Marketing, who provided a wealth of information regarding his organization’s mobile strategy—including a unique connection to Pinterest.

Time Magazine Features Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons

As part of its Wireless Issue, Time featured Mobile Commons and our CEO, Jed Alpert. In an article entitled “Doing Good By Texting,” Time writer Kate Pickert explores how mobile can be used to bring about social change. She writes, To understand what makes the cell phone such a uniquely powerful tool for community organizing and activism, consider three facts about text messaging: it is almost completely spam-free, it’s personal, and nearly every message gets read.

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2012's Required Reading For School Leaders: Leverage Leadership

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Automatically Post Links as Photos on Facebook With Postplanner

John Haydon

PostPlanner is a Facebook Page content management tool that allows you to schedule updates (even reoccurring updates) to multiple Pages, brand updates with your org’s logo, and even add your website URL to every update (awesome for traffic and SEO).

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New Article: How Crowdsourcing Can Help Your Nonprofit

Idealware

From Kickstarter to Kiva and beyond, it seems all anyone is talking about today is crowdsourcing - but what is it? In this new article by freelance writer Soha El Borno, we take a look at the different goals of crowdsourcing, and at a few of the tools and platforms to pool and use the resources of your community. Read How Crowdsourcing Can Help Your Nonprofit. -->. Trackback URL for this post: [link]. Social Media Fundraising How to Choose Software

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Doing Good at SxSW Interactive 2013

Beaconfire Wire

It’s that time of year again, cats and kittens. SxSW Interactive 2013 content programming is up for grabs! Last year were thrilled & honored to have four Beaconfire ideas selected for sxsw Interactive 2012, as well as to be involved with two other well received sessions. This year, we’re hoping lighting strikes again and that some of our sessions will be part of SxSW 2013, along with those from our friends and partners in the NPtech world.