2011 Non-profit Social Networking Survey


I just got an email from Holly Ross, the Executive Director of the Non-profit Technology Network – better known as NTEN. What’s the Nonprofit Social Networking Survey? How can I get the 2011 Social Networking Benchmark Report for Non-profits?

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Social Network Sites Dominate Web Visitor Results

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According to Google’s ad planner , social network sites now account for more than 50% of all unique website visitors. This list, which is based on April 2010 data, “excludes adult sites, ad networks, domains that don’t have publicly visible content or don’t load properly, and certain Google sites.&# The certain Google sites that were excluded were Google.com and Youtube. Orkut is a Google owned site and it made the list.

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Who is on Social Networking Sites?

NonProfit Trends

The recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report, The Demographics of Social Media Users, had many of the trends and findings aren’t shocking but a couple were more or less dramatic than I expected.

A Preliminary Theology of Social Networks

AFP Blog

A Preliminary Theology of Social Networks : As people like Beth Kanter and Allison Fine made clear in their book, The Networked Nonprofit, networks are the new form of organizational structure in the 21st-century. Actually, Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps predicted in 1994 in The Age of the Network that networks would be the signature form of organizations in this century and I wrote about network organizations for the Jewish community in 2001 in Network Judaism).

Women Rule Social Networks


Did you know that women also dominate social networks? According to a Pew study, in 2008 women comprised 53% of social networking site users. Over the past two years, women have increased their social networking usage and now comprise 56% of the social networking consumer base. Men’s social networking user base has dropped to 47%. The study said that Linkedin is the only social networking site where men dominate.

Open Social Networks

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 Open Social Networks November 5, 2007 As I’ve mentioned before, there has been a lot of thought and interest in the issue of opening up social networks, outside of what has been, until last week, totally closed silos. I linked to a great thought piece a while back on opening up the social graph (that is, your network of friends.)

The social network commitment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Getting involved in a social network, whether it be something like Facebook or Myspace, or a content-connected social network like flickr or delicious (I’m starting to get used to writing that without the dots,) is pretty easy. What I have learned, though, is that a social network is only as good as something that you have absolutely no control over: how many of your real friends and colleagues use it. LinkedIN : The professional, serious, network.

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. There is no question that the social networking space is evolving.

The History of Social Networking | Fast Company

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The History of Social Networking | Fast Company: "n case you hadn't heard, social networking is big. Sites like Facebook and Twitter dominate the tech news sites with every move they make getting attention. As with everything, social networking has a history How much are they worth? Who's using them now? What changes are coming?

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.

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.

Privacy and Security on Social Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A colleague recently shared this video that pokes fun of the “always on, gotta share everything on social networks&# lifestyle for many people here in America. Who controls and owns the information I put into a social networking site?

Firstgiving Opens Social Networking Site to World of Online Philanthropy

AFP Blog

PRESS RELEASEFirstgiving Opens Social Networking Site to World of Online Philanthropy: "SOMERVILLE, Mass., 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Firstgiving, a leader in providing Web-based fundraising services for individuals and charities, today announced the release of its new application for Facebook, one of the largest and fastest growing online social networking sites.

Monetizing My Social Network

Robert Weiner

Today I received spam from a site called Frens Zone that will allow me to make money off my social network. Social Media Web 2.0Last month I posted about how Facebook was making money by datamining my friends. I can. earn instant cash by just referring your friends. The more you referred, the more you earn. You are rewarded with valuable points whenever you post photos, videos, blogs, comments. You even earn points when other members view your profile.

10 tips for picking your social networking platform

Connection Cafe

Guest blog alert: The following post is from Andy Streggles, chief operating officer and social strategist, for Convio technology partner , Higher Logic. In the past year an onslaught of social networking platforms have emerged targeting the association and nonprofit market, leading many associations to wonder which is best for them. Think of the wealth of information you have in your database that can be used for networking and community building.

Making the Most of Social Networking Sites


How can a nonprofit make the best use of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Social MediaEvent Price: 40.00. EventDate: November 10, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Type: Live Training. We'll talk through how they work, what's worth doing, and how other organizations are using them. Event Link: https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/957/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY. event_KEY. Presenter: Andrea Berry.

Social Networking Communities Are Migrant Communities

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Social networking communities are migrant communities. 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. Social media in many ways is a numbers game.

Arab Publics Turning to Social Networks to Express Political Views | Pew Research Center

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Arab Publics Turning to Social Networks to Express Political Views | Pew Research Center : Social networking has spread around the world with remarkable speed. These sites are also popular in many lower-income nations, where, once people have access to the internet, they tend to use it for social networking

Saratoga County nonprofits find funds through social networking sites - The Saratogian News: Serving the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. region (Saratogian.com)

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Saratoga County nonprofits find funds through social networking sites - The Saratogian News: Serving the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. region (Saratogian.com): "Nonprofit organizations are no exception to the growing use of social networking in the workplace.The Saratoga Hospital Foundation, for example, started a hospital-wide Twitter feed in February and just joined Facebook.".

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Google could become a key social network for charities | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

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Google could become a key social network for charities | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional : Google's social networking site Google could become a key tool for charities: the search engine recently rolled out new features in the US that may make charities rethink their approach to social networking.

How to Know When a Social Network is Worth Your Time

NonProfit Hub

Only a few short months ago, Peach, a new social networking app was launched. It took only a week to break into iOS’s top 10 list of networking apps. So how do you know what social networks are important for your nonprofit? Featured Social Media

Social Networking for the Socially Minded - washingtonpost.com

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Social Networking for the Socially Minded - washingtonpost.com: "Social Networking for the Socially MindedDistrict Firm Razoo Joins Other Web Site Builders Trying to Reinvent How People Give Money to CharityBy Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 17, 2007; Page D01The office of Razoo on Connecticut Avenue blends two distinct cultures common in Washington.It has the

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Social Networking meets CRM


What does Social Networking have to do with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)? Here are a couple of examples nonprofits are working on: 1) A health advocacy organization set up a Ning site to support collaboration and knowledge sharing among like-minded organizations. The site has grown to about 300 members and is the single largest source of “new blood” into the collaborative effort.

The Pendulum - College admissions begin using social networking tools

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The Pendulum - College admissions begin using social networking tools: "According to the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, about 60 percent of schools are now using social networking sites in their admissions processes.One of these schools is Monmouth University in New Jersey, which is giving applicants the choice to submit either a written essay or Facebook video essay

2010 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report


The second annual Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report, a joint project of Common Knowledge, thePort, and NTEN, has hard data and insights on the trends surrounding social networking technology as part of nonprofit organizations' marketing, communications, fundraising, and program services.

Reach Out or Round Up: Which Social Networking Strategy Should Your Organization Pursue?


When push comes to shove, there are really only two different social networking strategies for nonprofits: Reaching out and rounding up. You are reaching out when you extend your organization into existing networks, building your brand off-site and tapping into the existing user base of The Usual Suspects (1).

Is Quora Yet Another Social Network (YASN) or Something Different?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Over the holidays, I finally visited Quora , a social learning site focused around asking and answering questions founded by an ex-Facebook employee. The &# Social Graph&# is your network or the people you are connected with on social networks.

Social Networking and #AIDS2010


What I've seen thus far on the social networking scene has been interesting, and hopefully as this week progresses, we’ll see more initiatives cropping up: @ UNAIDS says: If you're tweeting from #AIDS2010 join this Google group for tweeps at the conference: [link].

A Social Network Where You Can Be Too Social - washingtonpost.com

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A Social Network Where You Can Be Too Social - washingtonpost.com: "For many, Facebook has become an indispensable tool for managing their social lives. But all the friending, messaging and poking on the online social network has created a hazard: using it too much.Elizabeth Coe found out after she sent 100 friends and professional acquaintances a link to her company's Web site.

Can True Activism Be Fostered Through Social-Networking Sites? - Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Can True Activism Be Fostered Through Social-Networking Sites? Gladwell's article in this week's New Yorker magazine, criticizing the hype about social media's ability to stir social movements, is drawing Give and Take - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Dear Malcolm Gladwell: The nonprofit technology world is not very happy with you.Mr.

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Reasons Why Some Social Networks Fail


Just read this fantastic pos t over at AriWriter from guest poster Ethan Yarbrough, who explains how as a social media expert he wants to be asked not only how many social networks he has managed, but how many have succeeded or failed. Read the details of the two networks he built that did not work and why. "In My bold] Building community using social networks, whether white label or on public sites like CollectiveX , is not an easy task.

4 Signs Your Nonprofit Should Quit a Social Network

Nonprofit Tech for Good

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.

Will Open Source Social Networks Eventually Replace Facebook?


Has Facebook angered its base so much, that its user base could fizzle out in the next year as more people and nonprofits demand control of their own social data and look to other platforms? What is the Portable Social Graph? Social Networking Trends Web 2.0

The Social Networking Debate: Use Existing Social Networks or Build Your Own?


Is your non-profit debating between building a custom social network VS using popular existing social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or a niche social network like Eons , a social network for baby boomers? Or should your organization strategically focus on social networks that already have millions of people and a potential built-in audience? Why Using Existing Social Networks? Social Networking Web 2.

Options for creating organizational social networks


After you've gone through the strategic planning, and made sure that, indeed, building your own social network is exactly what you want to do (instead of building on networks already there, which, I think is what should be done 80% of the time), how do you go about doing it? The community and data is not your own, and there is some evidence that they might be using that data in social networks on their platform in ways that they shouldn't be.

Social Network Tracker: How to Find your Supporters on Social Networks


Ever wanted to find out where your donors and activists are hanging out on social networks so you can continue deepening your relationsips with your supporters and foster more two-way conversations? Help spread the word about your organizations or cause to their personal network.

The Buddy System: Going Social with Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

The best WordPress bloggers, site owners and administrators know that one of the keys to having a fantastic and wildly successful web page is to integrate everything you post and promote with some sort of social media component.

Is It Worth It? An ROI Calculator for Social Network Campaigns - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!"

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. All in all I left our morning coffee meeting with the idea that we are (read: "I am") missing a great opportunity: using social networks for market research.

Build Your Own Social Network : Elgg

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Last week, it was brought to my attention that Elgg–an open source Social Networking Platform–was holding a conference on Social Media for Education, and a more specific conference on Elgg.

Inside the Non Profit Social Networking Survey

FI Space

A few weeks ago, I received a link to “ NonProfit Social Network Survey &# - an effort focused on analyzing how nonprofits are using social media and networking tools to connect with their supporters and raise money. while house social networks have been generating $10,000 or more over the last year. JP: The very high level of commitment by nonprofits to Facebook and building their own house social networks.

Harness the data held in social networking sites


Heard a great comment on social networking - if we can find a way, as associations, to harness all the information that is already held on social networking sites, if we can "data mine" all that stuff, if we actively encourage our members to use the sites, who knows what the possibilities might be for the future marketing of our products and services? Facebook social media

Socially Networked Puppet Show

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just had to get that out before I connect to social networking. I also discovered that he knew Jinja (John Weeks) and Jinja has a link to Sovanna Phum on his site.