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Anti-Social Network

NCE Social Media

There is now an anti-social media network that uses social media to allow you to avoid people you know. But is it so bad that you use social media to do it? Well, it’s come to this. Hell is Other People is an interesting project that uses Foursquare to locate your friends and then gives you paths to avoid running into them if you have to go near their locations. Here’s a video about the project: What are your thoughts?


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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.

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. There’s always great information in the newsletter, but this time around I’m particularly excited because the focus is social networking for non-profits (something that, if you read this blog regularly, you know I’m very passionate about) and the 2011 Social Networking Survey.

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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.)

9 Must-Know Best Practices for Distributing Your Nonprofit’s Content on Social Networks

Nonprofit Tech for Good

It’s estimated that by late 2014 or early 2015 the majority of adults will get their information from social networks rather than search engines and that social networks will become the primary source of referral traffic to your website and blog. Any doubts that social networks aren’t powerful or don’t need to be prioritized in your online communications and fundraising campaigns can now be put to rest. Do not automate content between social networks.

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 networking communities are migrant communities. Social media in many ways is a numbers game. 4) The nonprofit community needs to understand how race , class , and age play out on social media and be sensitive to it.

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 Network Management Systems?

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 Network Management Systems? They allow you to create stand-alone social networks. Elgg, a LAMP(hp) project, started it’s life as a learning platform with social network features, but has transmorgrified into a social network platform with learning features.

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

The Importance of Branding Your Nonprofit on Social Networks Through Graphic Design

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nonprofits were the early adopters of social networks. The were active on Myspace, YouTube, and creating Facebook Groups long before most of the companies that are often praised for being the pioneers of social media. One of the reasons was that social networks were free to join and lacked monthly fees. They acted on instinct that social networks were going to be transformative tools for cause awareness and fundraising campaigns, and they were right.

Video Fridays #7…Social Networking

NCE Social Media

This video is short explanation of social networking websites and why they are popular. Tags: Education and Training Video networking social I’ve added a short video for today’s installment of the Video Friday series. Something simple to cleanse the palate. Something simple to cleanse the palate. Enjoy!

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.

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.

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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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.

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? pick your friends once - social networking fatigue. calendar, call, sms, facebook, twitter, address book = level of closeness of social data. social algorithm will make privacy and permissions easier to manage - context makes content privacy easier, commnity based privacy. most social ads require explicit action.

Report Release: The 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmarks


Another NTC means more great studies about nonprofit technology released, including the 2012 " Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmarks Report." > Download the 2012 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report More than 3,500 nonprofit professionals filled out this year's survey, conducted by NTEN, Common Knowledge, and Blackbaud, providing another year of valuable benchmarks about nonprofits' use of -- and success with -- social networking platforms.

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.&# Still, at more than 50% the majority of web visitors visit social network sites. Of the top 100 websites, 7 are social media sites.

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. For the curriculum we’re developing for the E-Mediat project, a social media capacity project for NGOs in the Arab World, you can’t train NGOs on effective use of social media without addressing issues of privacy and security. How are protecting your privacy on social networks?

How Diverse are Social Networks?


traffic it’s social networks networks like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter that dominate, according to Quantcast, one of the biggest analytics companies for measuring websites. Women dominate on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The most diverse social network is YouTube. Social Networking Trends Web 2.0Out of the top five websites ranked by U.S.

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.

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.

Creating a Social Networking Strategy (Part 1)


This is a follow-up to Creating a Social Networking Strategy (Part 0) that originally appeared on my Connections blog and also as a guest post on Beth Kanter's blog. One of the key takeaways from Part 0 is that once you stop just playing around with social media then you need to start putting together a strategy. The first place to start is a proven and solid framework for your strategy. That bad news is that most people don't like "strategery" stuff.

Update on social network portability

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 Update on social network portability January 8, 2008 Last week, I covered the Richard Scoble dust-up. This, of course, doesn’t mean that all of a sudden, everyone’s social graph and data will become portable, but it’s a very good sign that perhaps, after all, things are moving in that direction.

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. You'll learn: Besides Facebook and Twitter, which commercial social network sites are nonprofits using most?

Who is on Social Networking Sites?


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. Emerging Trends Interactive Facebook Pew Internet & American Life Project Social Media Twitter

Free Mini-Webinar on October 27! Mobile Social Networking for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

This mini-webinar begins with an introduction the Mobile Web and then moves on to highlight the importance of utilizing mobile social networking tools to empower your nonprofit’s social media practitioners to report live, on-location from anywhere at any time. Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits. Date: Thursday, October 27. Time: 1-1:30pm EDT. Cost: Free. How to Register: Sign up! Presented By: Heather Mansfield.

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. The time required to be active on those social networks is time well spent. Quit a Social Network. There are other social networks that need your attention.

Are Nonprofits Raising Money Via Social Networks?


The 2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report provides some incredible data on how 11K+ nonprofits are using social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. Are nonprofits raising any money on social networks? Facebook is the most popular commercial social network for nonprofits. Though it's assumed that Social Networks, besides MySpace, just keep growing, it's the amount of growth that may surprise you.

Social Networking and #AIDS2010

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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]. Tags: Influence Social Media There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference ( #AIDS2010 ) in Vienna, Austria, next week.

2011 Nonprofit Social Networking Survey ?


NTEN, Common Knowledge and Blackbaud invite you to take part in a nonprofit survey about how nonprofits are using online social networks, and enter your name for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Please take just 10 minutes now to complete this 3 rd annual survey , and help us compile an updated snapshot of nonprofits and their use of social networks - commercial social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, and organizational house (private label) social networks.

Social Networks in Small Places


In just a few weeks, I'm heading to Colorado to chat with a group of nonprofits about using social media in their work -- but not in Denver. In chatting with my hosts at the Colorado Nonprofit Association, they made it clear that the nonprofits I would be talking with work on a different scale, and I would need to address how nonprofits that work in small towns and rural spaces can use social media. Transportation is an issue and social media helps overcome that.

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2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report [INFOGRAPHIC]


Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge just released the fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report. We learned a lot of things, but one prevailing theme stood out — despite limited budgets and staffing, nonprofits continue to find great value in their fast-growing social networks. The report is packed with insights into how nonprofits are leveraging social networks as part of their marketing, communications and fundraising strategies.

Transcript: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks

Tech Soup Blog

As I mentioned last week , the Chronicle of Philanthropy held a live online discussion about how nonprofits can use social networks to promote their organizations. On the panel, was Danielle Brigida, social-media-outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation; marketing and communications consultant Nancy E. Tags: Social Networking Web 2.0

Speaking of 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 Speaking of open social networks … August 14, 2008 I just joined Like all social networks, they are only as usable as people in your social graph use it, and it’s pretty sparse for me right now.

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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. Social Media However, I still have numerous profiles that could be very useful to a business that offers services to small businesses.

New Report: 2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report


The 2011 NTC saw the release of the latest " Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report ". > Download the 2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report More than 11,000 nonprofit professionals filled out this year's survey, sponsored by NTEN, Common Knowledge, and Blackbaud, generating a veritable cornucopia of data. The community size of nonprofit house social networks (HSNs) is on the rise with an average of 5,967 members in 2011, a 70% increase year-over-year.

Social Networks vs. Real Life Networks

Wild Apricot

There is no end to the challenges of social media for nonprofits. Which social media tools are best? How can we keep our personal and professional lives separate online? How can we identify the "influencers"? Here, Paul Adams, Senior User Experience Researcher at Google, shares his team's insights into how people actually connect and behave online.( read more ).

How Do Nonprofits Use Social Networks?


As you may have heard, we released the 2012 Nonprofit Social Benchmarking Report at the NTC last week. The study, done in association with Common Knowledge and Blackbaud, has a lot of great insights into how the nonprofit respondents use social networks. Even better, you can hear directly from the authors this week at a free webinar – and ask them your questions. > > Free for everyone!

Can Social Network Analysis Improve Your Social Media Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Networked Nonprofit: Care2 Webinar. Join Allison Fine and me on June 21st at 1-2 PM PST/4-5 PM EST for the launch of The Networked Nonprofit published by Jossey-Bass. Yesterday, Allison Fine and I, along with colleagues Danielle Bridiga and Marc Sirkin gave a Care 2 Webinar on the Networked Nonprofit. One of the topics was “How to understand social networks through social network analysis and mapping techniques.&# I thought I’d expand on it here.

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. It does heavily rely on Twitter and Facebook for promotion, adding it to the increasing amount of social middleware platforms that are being developed. Prior to the holidays I ignored them because I just couldn’t stomach “yet another social network.” So, what made me go check it out? Flickr Photo by Lee Haywood.