Listserves part 2.


I'm not going to transfer my members all over to the new listserves one by one. Besides, I can do a group email to all via the database later on just to check whether everyone is on the listserves who wants to be. So I wake up at 3:30 this morning; my neck is cricked, one arm is totally dead, I'm lying in a weird "S" shape, sardined between my 18 month old and my hubby on the right, my 4 year old on the left, and at least one cat splayed across my ankles. And suddenly it hits me.

Web2.0 meets listserve? This is an embeddable discussion thread?

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On the [science/art?] of listserves.


So there was a short discussion on the ASAE technology listserve today about whether listserves ("listservs?" In my Memberclicks database, we get listserves included. However, we already had six L-Soft listserves, which cost us $300 per year, and I just got a notice of the annual renewal in October, so obviously I am thinking, "let's move everyone over to the free database ones!".

NetCentric Advocacy: Listserves in Environmental Movement: Good Review

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | DoGooderTV-Contest » March 23, 2007 Listserves in Environmental Movement: Good Review Here is another good report to read on the heart of all our years of listserve management and user contributed content in the listserve universe that predates web2.0 It provides best practices for establishing successful listservs and explores the parallels between this network of networks and newer online communities like Digg, YouTube, Flickr, and blogs.

Network of Networks: Using a Listserv to Engage your Audience


Water Words That Work , an informative blog by Erik Eckl, is a great resource for conservation and pollution control organizations. Last year Erik monitored 64 email discussion lists for 6 months, and surveyed list subscribers to gather information about their habits and preferences. Network of Networks: Email Lists, Nature Protection, and Pollution Control reports his findings. The report also includes information on adoption and usage of “Web 2.0″

Washington Post: Listserv use soars | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

The reporter also noted that listservs were displacing traditional communications vehicles such as the home owner association newsletter and the community center bulletin board. These findings didn’t surprise us here at Beaconfire, we play close attention to how nonprofit professionals use listservs. More than 2,000 subscribed to the Chevy Chase listserv, more than 5,000 subscribed to the Cleveland Park listserv.

Moving Listserv Email from Inbox To RSS: A Few Steps Closer

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by SCFiasco on Flickr. A great big thank you to Ryan over at PICnet for this hack -- I can now move my NTEN Affinity Groups emails over the reader. This, of course, assumes that haven't reaced the point of RSS reader overload and I can successfully shift my email reading habit

Vinay Kumar joins the clump!


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Here's a great idea!


Just got this email from George Breeden at RSM McGladrey to the ASAE Technology listserve: ".the This is a great example of how to cross-fertilize ideas, and specifically of using tried and tested modes of communication (the listserves) to create value for new ones (the wiki), AND showing the value of the wiki to a wider audience through adding templates and resources. listserves creativity technology innovation wikis

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Facebook as a Financial Platform?

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Tags: Advocacy Strategy Communication Technology Current Affairs Listservs Media Trends netcentric nptech Organizing Guide Personal Rants Web/Tech

The Strategy of Web Superiority and Web Dominance of an issue.

Network-Centric Advocacy

Online communications including websites, blogs, listservs and email tools are no longer tactical elements to be constituted and ignored to support traditional legal, program and fundraising strategies. In the past, I have highlighted the value of web dominance and in 2003 talked about the value of "web superiority" with the hope of flooding the chatter, setting the tempo and message online no matter where online influentials looked they would see your message.

NetCentric Advocacy: Frappr! Group Location Awareness

Network-Centric Advocacy

Group Location Awareness New free tools for small and large groups mapping people on a listserve, yahoo group, etc. Group Location Awareness New free tools for small and large groups mapping people on a listserve, yahoo group, etc. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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Online Community: Old School Still Rulz | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Words that Work » Online Community: Old School Still Rulz Posted Monday, March 26th, 2007 at 8:49 am by Eric (25 posts) Here at Beaconfire, we’re as excited as anybody about Web 2.0 — but the good-old-fashioned listserv is the online community of choice for those with serious activist inclinations, at least environmental activists.

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Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using | Beth’s Blog

AFP Blog

Email, Facebook, posting to listserves, your website, direct mail—the list goes on and on. Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using | Beth’s Blog : "Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using – Guest Post by Laura Quinn You’re likely using more than one channel to communicate. How do you know which of those channels is actually driving people to donate, register for an event, or even sign up for your eNewsletter?

5 Proven Tips for Building Your Nonprofits Email List


If visitors have to search around the tabs on your site, they may never find your listserve sign up. If you have a link to your Facebook and Twitter at the top of your homepage and your listserve at the bottom, it implies that you prefer to interact with your audience on your social media sites. Social media is talked about so much that you probably think every other form of communication is dead (Ok, maybe your thinking isn’t that extreme). But that’s not the case.

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Guessing the Gender of a Name

Robert Weiner

The PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) had a discussion of resources for figuring this out and members provided the following suggestions: [link]. Ever wonder how to tell the gender of an unfamiliar first name? link]. link]. link].

Tips for Managing and Engaging Online Communities


took over the world, people were part of smaller online participatory communities called listservs. Though not as sexy as Twitter, people are still active on listservs and they continue to be valuable tools for nonprofits and community groups to connect with people who are passionate about discussing issues, sharing resources, and engaging in thoughtful and sometimes heated debates. The biggest barriers groups face is how to structure listservs. Before Web 2.0

No Social Interactions

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Hat tip, Katrin Verclas - NTEN Discuss listserv (yes I still read listservs When I suggested to Nancy White that she set up a facebook profile for her dead dog tigger in an old photograph, she told me I needed a break. Now, I found it: N OSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

When not to use email.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last month, in a blog post that I wrote called " RSS As Information Coping Tool " - experimented with switching some my listserv subscriptions to RSS reader. If you're goal is to reduce the email clutter, but not read the listserv posts and still be subscribed - than listserv is a great method for not dealing with your inability to let go. Makes sense to really think about whether an information source/listserv is giving you value or not.

TechCamp for Organizers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

via an email from Dirk Slater posted to Rider-News listserv. comes TechCamp for Organizers brought to you by Progressive Technology Project. Looks like a tad more structured than barcamp

Controlling data entry

Robert Weiner

A member of the PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) asked "What do other institutions do to regulate or “police” data entry work, specifically when you have multiple users with authority to make updates?". It's a tough problem. Here are a few approaches (other than locking down data entry): Policies. You need clear data entry standards. Security. You need to control who can make changes and what they can change. Training.

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Feed My Inbox — RSS feeds by email

Robert Weiner

I prefer listserves over online forums and email to IM. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks: I like to get information by email. And I don't like having to look at a web page/feed reader every day to find out whether anything new has appeared on an RSS feed. I want information to come to me -- I don't want to seek it out.

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Training on your new database

Robert Weiner

A question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database. I discussed training at a high level on page 13 of this chapter from CASE's Handbook of Institutional Advancement. Here are some more detailed rules of thumb: 90% of training is forgotten within the first 2 weeks if it's not put to immediate use. Not everyone can train. It's an art.

December 2010 Community Builder’s Chat Wrap-up #CommBuild

Amy Sample Ward

Laura Norvig shared the guidelines used for their email listserv: E-mail discussion lists hosted by the Resource Center are not moderated. In this month’s chat,we had some good discussion around social media guildines and online community moderation. We heard from many people that there were too many holiday deadlines at work to make the chat so be sure to add your thoughts to the comments here after reading the archive to join in! Read the full transcript here!

ROI for a donor database

Robert Weiner

My colleague Charlie Hunsaker posted the following question on the FUNDSVCS Advancement Services listserve: I have two clients who are looking for new systems and want a “cost justification” for their acquisition to share with their management. And the final question, would you be willing to share it and all your assumptions with this Listserv?

Private Community Management – #cmgrhangout


What are some ways associations can convert listserves into communities? I was privileged to be invited to participate in a Community Manager Hangout this past Friday hosted by Tim McDonald, who runs My Community Manager , a great site chock full of resources for community managers for all kinds of companies. Here are the questions we discussed: Non-Profit and Association Communities. What is a private community? And how does it differ from a public community?

Associations and voting


I know questions about online voting processes (specifically) come up on the ASAE listserves all the time - so this could be interesting for you. Votenet Solutions needs your help. If you hold elections, take their 5-minute survey. CEO Michael Tuteur says, "We’re working with to capture a snapshot of average voter turnouts, voting costs and processes, trends in online voting and more."

Sharing my #EpicThanks – please join me!

Amy Sample Ward

Whether it’s on listservs, forums, blogs, facebook, twitter or anywhere else – there are so many people looking to foster open dialogue on issues important to and impacting the work of changemakers, activists and innovators around the world. I’ve been secretly conspiring with a few friends on Epic Thanks , a global celebration that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude, and I’m hoping you’ll join me by bringing your grateful heart to the party!

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How to Launch Your Nonprofit Website

NonProfit Hub

Email listserv signup. Before you welcome the world to do business with your nonprofit, you need to make sure your front door is ready to welcome all visitors. Doing so doesn’t mean going out and purchasing a wreath, a fancy door mat or a fancy brass knocker. While those are nice amenities, the front door you should be more concerned about is your nonprofit’s website.

Discussion of Donor Data Retention

Robert Weiner

The same topic came up recently on the APRA''s listserve, PRSPCT-L. A few months ago I wrote a post on the topic of whether nonprofits should delete old donor records. The original question: My organization is working on a data retention policy and wondering if others have insights to share. There seems to be a feeling we should remove any records that have not had an action in 7 years. I’m a bit worried by this. Does this make sense to others?

Listerve - 1, Forum - nil


They are hanging out on the listserve! They are posting referral requests on the listserve. They are posting office suites for rent on the listserve. They are posting comments about just-attended scientific meetings on the listserve! And it's a big old hassle to post an article in there, when I could much more easily cut and paste from my various Google alerts into a nice simple email, and send it to the listserve.

Hey, did I tell you my plan for world domination?


So we've started, with four other area groups in the field, a "regional listserve" for relevant events and lectures. There's a webpage calendar managed by one of the Baltimore groups (to be updated quarterly), and my job is to manage the listserve (to be updated continuously). Creating this listserve today confirmed a few things for me.

Great reads from around the web on April 8th

Amy Sample Ward

Mobilizing online communities in the Face of Disaster: Tips … – "On the 12th of March, one day after the tragic earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan Ichi – Hiroyasu Ichikawa – the NetSquared Local organizer from Tokyo sent an e-mail to our NetSquared Local Organizer listserve asking for the best practices for mobilizing online communities in the time of a disaster. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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November Member Round-Up: Data satellites, women in nonprofit tech, and horrifying your middle school teacher


AASP''s listserv, Fundsvcs, won the grand prize in the 2013-2014 LISTSERV Choice Awards. Check out the latest news and good reads from your fellow NTEN Members: Go ahead, risk horrifying your old middle school teacher. M+R shares 6 Rules for Online Writing that just might shatter some old grammar rules. Congratulations to NTEN Member Partner, Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP) !

New Study: Social Media Use By Foundation Leaders

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Other findings include: More established forms of online communications — e-newsletters and Listservs — are regularly used by foundation CEOs at a much higher rate (65 percent and 45 percent, respectively) than the newer social media tools. The Foundation Center released a report that documents the usage of social media tools by foundation executives based on survey responses from 73 members of the Center’s Grantmaker Leadership Panel.

Extreme Makeover Goes!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Cindy, one of our volunteers, shared the following on our volunteer listserv (and she said it better than I could!): A member is going to be featured this weekend on on TV on Extreme Makeover. The opening episode, two hours, of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition, features the home and family of one of our bookshare members and active volunteers, Vic Llanes. The show is this Sunday, from 8-10 p.m.

A 5 Week Mid-Level Donor Boot Camp: Make Your Nonprofit’s Mid-Level Fundraising Program Great Again

Connection Cafe

Our mid-level fundraising listserv has more than 200 active participants. Are you suffering from mid-level donor envy? More and more organizations are catching on to the importance of this generous and loyal tier of donors. For those of you looking to inject some mid-level love into your program, here’s a five-week DIY mid-level bootcamp. Now drop and give us 20. Opening Advice: First do no harm. In the inimitable words of Pema Chodron, start where you are.

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Don't Register for Shelfari: It Spams Your Address Book

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The "bacn" from this program was sent to a listserv, and it annoyed people on the list. I've gotten too many messages from colleagues that have the subject line "Do We Read The Same Books" and it encourages you to sign up for a social software called Shelfari. The problem is that the Shelfari uses the "find a friend" feature to spam your friends without permission. So, don't install Shelfari or you will be apologizing to your friends.

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Games for Change Is Seeking A Community Manager

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This person will also oversee G4C's online presence, listserv, and future social networking space. Games for Change is looking to hire a community manager to manage a variety of online projects, primarily the Knowledge Network. This is a resource directory and social networking space for the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative, a 4-year funded project going into its 2nd year.

Harry Potter all-night online party

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Folks have set up, in addition to the traditional listservs, an online channel for the community that allows both voice chat and text messaging in a way that is highly accessible to people with disability. Well, it's 3 am, and I've just checked out of the all-night Harry Potter on-line party. It's been going for 7 hours already, and the moment of truth is approaching.

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Thoughts on Chatter while the Kool-Aid flows at Dreamforce

Judi Sohn

We have a couple of email listservs on Google Groups of our top-tier advocates that we've been interested in migrating to an online community. It's the beginning of Day 2 at Dreamforce , the gigantic Salesforce user conference in San Francisco. Instead of joining 15,000 or so folks for the second morning keynote, I'm sitting in my hotel room watching the keynote stream on my laptop. I didn't get much out of yesterday's keynote.

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Lame spam of the day: BBB service Re: Case # (various numbers)

Robert Weiner

A friend posted about them on a listserve and said that clicking the link downloads a virus. I got 7 versions of this today, at 2 different email addresses. They included an attachment called bbb_logo.jpg but no graphics in the message body. This scam has been around for a while. Here's an article about a similar batch in 2007. Version 1: Sender: ::Better Business Bureau:: ( Subject: BBB service Re: Case # 87348414. Text: Attn: Owner/Manager.

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Guest Post: Collections Access - Open the Door Wider

Museum 2.0

Recently, several subscribers to the RCAAM (Registrar’sCommittee of AAM) listserv posted concerns about professional photographers and museum visitors taking photographs of objects on exhibition. I encountered strong push-back on the listserv, with one subscriber calling my fitness for my job title, “collections care trainer,” into question. North Carolina Museum of History 1988.39.4