Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

Amy Sample Ward

The session focused on using core social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to raise awareness and inspire others as a volunteer. For many organizations, we provide guidance or goals for using social channels to our staff, but this session was for the volunteers who want to make a difference from outside of the organization. What you want to be doing with your voice and story via social media will shape the tools and content.

Twitter Makes Profile Updates

Connection Cafe

For those of you who haven’t yet heard, your Twitter profile page just got a facelift, and many think that Twitter seems to have “borrowed” (to put it nicely) elements from other rival social networks to revamp its look. Now, you can make whatever assumptions you wish as far as where Twitters ideas came from; however one thing is for certain – the new Twitter layout has successfully made the social network extremely conducive to online marketing.


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Social Networks and Digital Sharecropping

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Social Networks and Digital Sharecropping October 1, 2007 I was reading Deborah Finn’s curmugeonly post about Facebook. I have been having curmudgeonly thoughts about social networks in general. Time suck: Social networks are a time suck. They own my profile, and whatever time I spend adding content.

Social Networking Strategies: The Limits of Cutting and Pasting

Amy Sample Ward

My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up on the opinion blog – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR blog or read the full post below. —– Google+, the social network launched by Google nearly 5 months ago, has recently opened up the platform to organizations and brands with a profile type akin to the options for individuals and Pages on Facebook.

Using Social Networks to Recruit Employees


One creative solution is social networking. Social networking technology” is the term used to describe websites that allow members to use their personal and business relationships for networking, hiring, and obtaining references. At Blackbaud, we have turned to sites such as LinkedIn ®, MySpace ®, Facebook ™, and Spoke to build social networks designed to attract candidates that may not be actively looking for a job.

SXSW: Future of Social Networks

Amy Sample Ward

Social networks will be like air.&#. 3 things need to make social networks like air: Identity - who are you? facebook/ facebook connect. professional v personal = two profiles. pick your friends once - social networking fatigue. calendar, call, sms, facebook, twitter, address book = level of closeness of social data. facebook? most social ads require explicit action.

Facebook Profiles and Pages and Groups, oh my!

Wild Apricot

If questions from our readers are any indication, there’s still a lot of confusion about the differences between Facebook’s Profiles, Fan Pages, and Groups — and which of these might best suit a nonprofit’s social-networking plan. Facebook was conceived as a social network of individuals, so everything starts with the individual Profile.

Is it illegal to give away social networking profiles in exchange for a donation to charity?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

When I first started DIOSA Communications I also offered social media training to small businesses, but my background and interest was much more aligned with the nonprofit sector so I stopped offering small business services in 2010. However, I still have numerous profiles that could be very useful to a business that offers services to small businesses. Social Media

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Sold Activists’ Data That Turned Into Racial Profiling


How many social networks does your nonprofit have a presence on? And if you did read the TOS, did you understand the legal jargon and how each network uses your data and your constituents’ data? At the same time, your nonprofit is getting some engagement on social media and might even be raising a bit of money, so do you really need to be worried about what’s in these social networks’ TOS? Social Networking nptech Nonprofit research Social Justice

5 Simple Tips for a More Impressive Twitter Profile

John Haydon

Is your Twitter profile follow-worthy? Your Twitter profile very is different from many other social profiles. On Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks, you have lots of space for your bio, links, and other elements. The post 5 Simple Tips for a More Impressive Twitter Profile appeared first on John Haydon. Or are you unknowingly turning people away, leaving them confused or unimpressed?

Which Social Network is Most Relevant to My Brand?

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Social networks are nowkey to internet users, and it’s hard to miss. 57% of Internet subscribers use a social network daily, and 76% have logged in the last 30 days. For brands, the arrival of social networks has created a strong relationship with users and to be audible again. But social networks are distinct and varied,and a lot of brands are drowning on all these platforms and do not know where to turn. Facebook.

Facebook's New Public Profile Pages: Good News for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot

Facebook's announcement of Public Profile Pages means nonprofits will be able to "share all types of content with an unlimited number of users" and Facebook users will be able to comment on their posted content. It's a giant step forward for nonprofit outreach on Facebook.( Tags: publicity Facebook Social networking Non-profit technology Non-profit Communications Web 2.0

Social Networking Communities Are Migrant Communities

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Social networking communities are migrant communities. They move with you to The Next Big Thing i.e., from MySpace to Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare. Social media skeptics often say that it’s a waste of time to utilize social networking sites because they are here today, and then gone tomorrow. Then in September 2006 Facebook made the move to open their community to everyone (before you had to have a “ edu&# e-mail address to use Facebook).

Four Creative Uses of Facebook Profile Pics by Nonprofits on Facebook Pages

Nonprofit Tech for Good

First impressions are very important online, and the four nonprofits listed below have gone out of their way to make a strong one upon potential new Facebook Fans. Beyond the obvious graphic design work, what’s exceptionally clever is that they have created long vertical profile pics that when cropped in Status Updates produce a solid, square avatar that’s seen by their Fans in their News Feeds. Facebook

What are your tips for using your social networking profile for professional work?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I think of Facebook as a middle ground between business and pleasure, sort of MySpace for post-adolescents or LinkedIn for professional late adopters like me. David Carr, NY Times That quote made me think of Wendy Harman's Facebook Profile. Like many of us, Wendy uses her Facebook presence for both personally and professional reasons. As she notes on her profile in the "about me," I am the New Media Integrator for the American Red Cross.

What is your Facebook Profile Photo Style?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We know that professional relationships are moving from the Rolodex to the social networks. LinkedIn is designed for specifically for business professional networking, while Facebook is a bit more casual. Yet, I do professional networking on Facebook and I'm noticing a number of colleagues are too. Nick O'Neill, blogger at AllFacebook, has a post that dissects the different styles of photos you commonly see on people's Facebook profiles.

Social Networks for Market Research


During several online seminars I've conducted, there are always participants who quickly dismissed MySpace, as more and more people are moving towards more popular sites like Facebook. With Causes ditching MySpace, and growth in the social network slowing down, many nonprofits seem hesitant to consider using it. A recent report from The Pew Research Center says that the median age of MySpace users is 26, while the median age of Facebook users has increased to 33).

Pheed and Sulia: Two New Social Networks for the Nonprofit Early Adopters

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nonprofits that have the capacity to be early adopters have learned that early adoption in and of itself is a wise social media strategy. Followers tend to grow the fastest during the early adoption phase and being one of the first nonprofits to have a presence on a new social network tends to solidify their popularity on the social network over time. Pheed: The Next Social Network for Teens? Pheed Social Media Sulia

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Which Social Networking Analysis Term Best Describes Virgin America?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been in Washington, DC for the Network Effectiveness and Social Media Strategy Map working session for Packard Foundation Grantees convened by Monitor Institute. This is a post to help me identify what I don't know about social network analysis and mapping tools with the hope that you'll fill in the gaps in the comments. The visual above is a social network. Each dot represents a person or in network jargon, a node.

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program


By working your network and projecting your values, you can get people excited about your campaign and grow the volunteer base that you need. This can include activists, religious leaders, artists, and philanthropists — anyone with a network and a vested interest in your community. These leaders will be able to connect you with their networks and amplify your nonprofits’ messaging online. Ask them to take on an easy, social shift.

Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction


EveryAction stores over 89 million "Action Profiles" of donors and supporters, which means that a significant number of EveryAction forms come pre-filled. This network effect makes EveryAction donation pages some of the highest-converting in the industry. The Audubon Society's Porter Mason said that EveryAction's network effect "increased conversion rates by a magnitude of 5x to 20x". #2. Match your contact records to nearly 100 social networks.

Social Networking Inside and Out

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There was a great question about social networking and representing one's organization posted on the Social Networking Affinity Group at NTEN by K.E: When asked about social news sites like Digg, Jonathon says: "The type of things we post regularly on Digg and Netscape and Newsvine are real-world events, announcements, and discoveries ??? Should I be creating a personal profile for the organization? I found this slideshow Via Stephen Downes.

4 Signs Your Nonprofit Should Quit a Social Network

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the 10 years since the “Nonprofit Organizations” brand has expanded to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Storify, Flipboard, Periscope, and most recently Snapchat. After a decade of embracing new social networks as they rise in popularity, in recent weeks it became clear that it was time to reassess the value of being active on so many social networks and to prioritize the social networks that most benefit Nonprofit Tech for Good.

Nonprofit Blogging and Social Networking Policies: Examples?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I was in Minnesota, one of the questions I got was about blogging and social networking policies. Now, I swear I remember seeing something from Easter Seals or another nonprofit on a listserv that mentioned either social networking policy or blogging policy. Perhaps some additional questions for social networking personas: Why you really shouldn???t t have naughty gifts on your Facebook profile if your ???friends???

Facebook, Open Social, Networked Relationship Building, and Leveraging Social Capital

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She also just signed a book deal with the tentative title: How to be a Social Capitalist: winning with the currency of online communities. My question: Network for Good's recent Wired Fundraiser report talks about "superactivists" or the nonprofit equal of Seth Godin's Evangelists. Superactivists are individuals who raise money for a cause and have a large network that can be leveraged. Of course, the above activities take time to care and feed the network.

LinkedIn Launches Volunteer and Causes Profiles


I love to see social networks carve out space to promote nonprofits, causes, and volunteering. Facebook integrates with Causes. And now LinkedIn, which has over 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories, has added a Volunteer and Causes section to users profiles. LinkedIn says that these new profile features focused on nonprofits will benefit organizations in three ways.

Putting Effective (Online) Social Networking Into Practice

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Over the past month, I've been doing a little action research for an article on ways to be effective using online social networking sites. To do the research, I've been asking my "friends" in different online social networks, "What is your best practice or tip for using online social networking sites for your organization." What Facebook has been able to do is help know my readers a little better.

NetCentric Advocacy: Online Organizing: Social Network Study of Race and Use Clusters of Myspace or Facebook based on Incoming Class at Northwestern

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Sway opinion within an industry: Blog | Main | The Point : Community Group Action: Self-Organizing » November 29, 2007 Online Organizing: Social Network Study of Race and Use Clusters of Myspace or Facebook based on Incoming Class at Northwestern Kudos danah boyd We get asked questions about social network sites and use all the time.

Beaconfire Survey: Social Networks | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Upcoming Webinar: 9 Creative & Effective Engagement Tools & Techniques » Beaconfire Survey: Social Networks Posted Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 11:50 am by Beaconfire Bloggers (25 posts) Editor’s note: Periodically, we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. With so many social networks out there, every one appeals to a different audience. Taylor, Software Engineer : I only use Facebook.

A Simple 6 Step Plan for Creating a Facebook Page that Works


In my last session as part of the Schools out for Summer Series I took a deep dive into how Schools can get the most out of Facebook. — We already know that Facebook is crushing it and that schools have an incredible opportunity to use the platform to deepen relationships with families, students and alumni. Are you using Facebook to it’s full potential? Your Facebook cover photo is prime real estate. Set up A few Apps (the Facebook Call-to-Action).

A goodbye to Facebook and LinkedIn?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology A goodbye to Facebook and LinkedIn? August 7, 2007 I’ve been experimenting with the non-content centered social networking sites LinkedIn and Facebook for a while now. and our own Social Source Commons , are a different animal.) I’ve been playing with LinkedIn for probably a year, Facebook only for a couple of months.

Burning Problems With Social Networks: What do you think?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the questions: How to address concerns about privacy, security, and avoiding spam overload that comes with social media and social network sites? Vladislav Chernyshov , a self-identified geek and masters student at Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU) in Novosibirsk, Russia and who is currently working on a next generation social network project called Genome identifies five major "burning" problems with social networks.

Social Networking and Web Tools for Chicago Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Social Networking and Web Tools for Chicago Nonprofits. You already know Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn et al???now now hear from homegrown social networks and what they have to offer local nonprofits. The majority of the room had experience in social networking sites and tools, both personally and for their organization. Each of the panelists shared a brief overview of the current social networking projects.

Guest Post by Aspen Baker: Friend or Foe? UC Berkeley Investigates the Legal Landscape of Social Networking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I really wanted to attend the " Social Networks Friend for Foe? "at Barely a week goes by that I don’t see at least one status update or tweet from a nonprofit colleague lamenting a hacked personal account, including email, Twitter and Facebook. who gave the keynote speech at UC Berkeley’s conference on law, ethics and technology, “ Social Networks: Friends or Foes? ,” complaints of hijacked accounts increased by one-third from 2007 to 2008.

The Scoop on Facebook's Changes


Facebook has launched some great new features and analytics that are impacting nonprofits. To help nonprofits navigate these opportunities on Facebook, Care2 held a terrific webinar this week entitled Keeping up with Facebook’s Changes (and “Liking” it!) During the webinar the panelists discussed how nonprofits should be adapting and using Facebook’s new features. Keeping up with Facebook's Changes (and 'Liking' it!).

HOW TO: Upgrade Your Nonprofit’s Pinterest Profile to a Business Account

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The new business accounts do not change the design or functionality of your nonprofit’s Pinterest profile, but it will give you access to new tools and case studies for brands as they become available. It also allows you to stop having to use a personal profile as a brand (i.e., Brands using personal profiles eventually and always becomes problematic and the clean-up and conversion process is usually messy, frustrating, and overly-complicated.

10 Facebook Page Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

With more than 1 billion active users, Facebook is the largest social network in the world. Without a doubt your nonprofit’s supporters use Facebook on a regular basis. Therefore, Facebook Pages should be your first priority and entry into social networking. Profile Picture), Timeline Cover, and Tab Icons. First impressions are very important on social networks. Add an address to your page to add Facebook Location.

Facebook Groups Get a Page-style Makeover

Wild Apricot

Facebook has just begun to introduce a new design for its Groups application that looks a lot more like Pages and personal Profiles. Giving Groups a Stronger Voice" should be good news for the many nonprofit folks frustrated by the limitations of Facebook Groups, compared to what the spiffy new Fan Pages offer.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech online community Social networking Facebook Non-profit Communications social media

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Social Network Demographics: Is there a middle ground between email is for old folks, social networking sites are for young people?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nick O'Neil found this video and used in a post called " Facebook for Grandparents." " I set up my eighty-something Dad on Facebook - and his reaction "Cognitive Overload!" " -- Although when I posted videos of his grandchildren on his profile, he emailed me saying he enjoyed the video. A question I'm often asked is " What are the demographics of social networking users ?"

Multiple RSS Feeds on Multiple Facebook Pages

Wild Apricot

We’ve talked recently about how to publish your Twitter updates to Facebook Page or personal Profile page. Now here’s a new Facebook application that can take your RSS-to-Facebook to a whole new level. Do you want to post the content from several different blogs and social networks to your organization's Facebook Page, and add a news alert feed for your cause's keywords, too? Social networking Facebook RSS application social media

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Facebook the last frontier?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Facebook the last frontier? June 18, 2007 OK, so I finally drank the Facebook coolaid – and although it took me a long time to get around to, I have now realized how many people in the nptech field have already been on facebook for a while. And, if you’re already on facebook, add me as a friend.

What the Facebook Subscribe Feature Means to Nonprofit News Sharing


On Wednesday, Facebook rolled out a subscribe feature that should be of interest to nonprofits because it may make it easier for organizations to interact with people on a personal level. Most organizations have a branded page that Facebook users can like. But branded pages face a big hurdle: it is tough to connect at that personal level that helps define the Facebook experience. First, you as a personal profile owner need to allow subscriptions.

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Managing Your Social Networking Presence: What is the best skill set?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm sitting in Heather Mansfield's workshop on Social Networking Sites. A lot of good practical information about setting up and managing your individual profile and groups (and Fan Pages) on Facebook, Myspace,, and YouTube. In passing, Heather made a comment, "You need to have a person with the right skill set to manage your organization's social networking presence." I'm in Chicago for the Making Media Connections Conference.