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Using Twitter to Build a Community and Recruit Volunteers

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I’ve presented about Twitter before, as well, so in addition to sharing some notes and resources, and my slides, from the presentation on Friday, I want to also round up other Twitter-related posts and links here. Twitter Resources. Atlanta Councilman chooses Twitter.

3 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Next Fundraising Campaign (and free ebook!)

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For example, start following the common hashtags, watch for popular retweets on Twitter, and check out the commonly shared images and liked Pages on Facebook. to check for those sharing your website or campaign uRl on Twitter and then see what the tweets say.

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Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

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A similar example is that of an Atlanta city councilman who chose to post a message to Twitter asking for a medic to respond to an unconscious woman on the street rather than to dial 911 when his mobile phone battery was very low.

Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

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As part of that role, I was in charge of our various social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. But when I tried to push people off of Twitter and over to the blog posts, there was much less of a response.

Security and Control: Early thoughts on Google+

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For example, people are talking about viewing their Google+ circles in Tweetdeck or Hootsuite where they can already view Twitter and Facebook. Google+ , the latest iteration on social networking from Google, is here.

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See, Say, Feel, Do: Metrics for Social Media

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I am a big fan of actionable metrics.

5 Assumptions Every Community Manager Should Make Daily

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That said, it is best to assume that your community isn’t hip to every trick you’ve found for Facebook, Twitter, and any other site you may use. This post is cross-published from NTEN. Read the post and join the conversation on the NTEN blog.

Technology Toolbox: Learn from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy YOUR Street

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Keep people connected to live video (like Livestream or Vimeo ), regular audio updates (like CinchCast or Audioboo ), or live feeds of text from a Twitter hashtag or an open chat like CoverItLive. “The revolution will not be televised.” Maybe not.

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So, You’re Thinking About Blogging? How To: Create a Blog for your Organization

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Last year, I had the unique privilege to help facilitate The Local Philanthropy Workshop with the TechSoup Romania team. It was a lot of fun, and as much as I was asked to share some of my knowledge and ideas, I learned a great deal from the local participants.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

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Instead of saying in the middle of the campaign “we need $X”, they share an interview with one of the beneficiaries, or invite people to connect directly via twitter with children in Tanzania who attend the school funded through the campaign.

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Case Study from Stories of Our City: Using Qriously to get feedback from the world

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The last category of questions that we asked was regarding Facebook and Twitter use. Qriously is a new application that puts questions you ask out to the world (or country, region, etc.) through replacing mobile ad space. I’ve played around with it and absolutely loved it !

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

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If web users knew of someone else who needed help, 44 percent would ask other people in their social network to contact authorities, 35 percent would post a request for help directly on a response agency’s Facebook page and 28 percent would send a direct Twitter message to responders.

Interview: SXSW4Japan Raises over $120,000 #sxswcares

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Within 30 minutes, I registered a domain name, launched a fundraising site on CauseVox , and seeded it with key influencers on Twitter to help build momentum. We also used branded Twitter accounts ( @sxswcares and @sxsw4japan ) to promote the campaign.

Community Engagement and Social Media for Public Media

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Some are using tools like Twitter or Facebook to invite listeners to a post-segment conversation with reporters, moving them from a passive action (listening) up the ladder of engagement to an active action of commenting and discussion.

Great reads from around the web on May 9th

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

$100,000 in Three Days: An Interview about #TeamAutism

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Have you tried a Twitter campaign with donations per tweet? fundraising interview campaign foundation online campaign pledges twitterEarlier this month, Samsung Hope for Children, the national philanthropic initiative of the world’s technology leader, and the Dan Marino Foundation launched a new social action campaign, “Team Up for Autism,” in conjunction with the first annual WalkAbout for Autism organized by the former NFL quarterback’s foundation.

The Evolution of NPTech: Keynote and slides

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We were also honest about how we used tools and organizations began making it public who was behind that wall – For example, a bio on Twitter might say “responding to your questions here are Amy and Claire” or a blog may include short bios or links to the staffers contributing. For example, we may ask our enewsletter list or our Twitter followers what we don’t talk about that they wish we would, or what’s really interesting to them lately.

Your Nonprofit Video in the Spotlight (and on YouTube’s Homepage)

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Starting March 14th, voting is open to the public, so be sure to share the word (Email, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, carrier pigeon, smoke signals, etc.). The DoGooder Nonprofit Video Contest is back and calling for your best 2011 nonprofit videos! Are you a nonprofit? Did your organization create impactful videos in 2011? Do you want your organization to be recognized for making great videos and maybe win some incredible prizes? Perfect.

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Great reads from around the web on January 26th

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). Do they feel that one day Twitter and Facebook are going to bring in the big bucks and build a huge base of activists that will come to your organization’s rescue when you need their help the most? Twitter beta-tested a spine."

Observations and Reflections on #TakeBackThePink

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After the #TakeBackThePink twitter campaign during the Super Bowl, Beth prompted all of us to share lessons and reflections in a google doc to be captured and shared.

Social Networking Strategies: The Limits of Cutting and Pasting

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If your community meets offline at a local watering hole to share opinions and make plans, don’t bother setting up a Twitter account with the purpose of influencing them. 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.

Great reads from around the web on February 24th

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of February 24th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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Latest Social Media Stats for #NonprofitRadio

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Data on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio , a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, is Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%. Trusted experts and leading thinkers join Tony each week to tackle the tough issues facing small-and mid-size nonprofits.

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America spread #GoSilent across the web for Memorial Day

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Sharing across platforms – Twitter. IAVA have made it clear from the thank you page that they are concentrating their efforts on Facebook and Twitter where they have a large community and many people and many different organizations will also be promoting Memorial Day activities.

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A Recipe for Social Good Magic from Twive and Receive

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They did keyword searches on Twitter to talk to people they have something in common with, began engaging people on Facebook with conversation topics, and pinning images on Pinterest to get the sharing going. campaigns fundraising campaign casestudy guest post twitter

Pinterest or Delicious: Social Bookmarking Coming back as Digital Curation

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Share specific bookmarks or stacks via Facebook or Twitter, or even email. Lately, we’ve watched as images – from photos to infographics – have taken over the web.

Getting Meta: Inviting the Community to Drive the Community Builder Chats

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But, during the last two weeks, I’ve had multiple people on Twitter contact me and ask for a chat again. The CommBuild chat was borne out of the #4Change chats, a group-moderated monthly chat series that took place on Twitter of which I was one of the moderators.

New on SSIR: How to Build Trust with Your Community

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Ensure that your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and any other online profile you have includes a link back to your organization’s website. For example, my Twitter bio links to [link] instead of my website’s home page. My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s opinion blog is up – you can read the post and contribute to the conversation on SSIR , or read it in full below.

Great reads from around the web on March 2nd

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). " From #gettngslizzerd to Getting Donations: Red Cross Capitalizes on Twitter Gaffe – Social Philanthropy – The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas – "Shortly after 11 p.m.

Great reads from around the web on February 1st

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). " roundup art bestpractice bookmarks citizenjournalism facebook future google information interviews journalism list maps marketing museums nonprofit postalicious research resources revolution socialmedia strategy twitter

Nonprofit Webinars: Strong Connections

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Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or something else, you don’t have to be satisfied with a feeling: use your organization’s strategic plan to identify real goals and then track the data to show your impact. The next time your leadership staff ask why you’re spending all that time on Twitter, you’ll be able to show them why it matters! Date : November 9, 2011, 3 pm EST. Location : Online.

New on SSIR: Reflections on Jumo & Need for Co-Creation

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One response on twitter from my great friend and colleague, Joe Solomon, has stuck with me and kept me thinking: “You can’t create new game-changing start-ups for social change anymore.

How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

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Twitter Search. If you want to stay on top of all the conversations on Twitter about your organization or the topic of your work, using a feed from Twitter Search is really useful. To get a feed of the Twitter conversations, visit: [link].

Great reads from around the web on May 16th

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). " How To Use Hashtags on Twitter to Spread, Share and Organize Information | Movements.org – Looking for a resource on hashtags, what they mean, how to use them, and how to really get value from them? I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

New on SSIR: Can Giving Days Strengthen Your Community?

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Components included video tutorials, suggested calendars of activity, sample materials, frequently asked questions, logos, and a Twibbon for Facebook and Twitter use. My latest post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog is now up.

Frogloop Guest Post: 4 Tools to Help Any Nonprofit Tell Stories Online

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Oh, and it even has auto-posting so when you’re spending your time creating change, you don’t have to remember to cross post to Twitter! You do need a Twitter account to use it. There are also complimentary tools like Tweegram to add Twitter text to your Instagram timeline.

Great reads from around the web on March 30th

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of March 30th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

A Huge Thank You and My Next Steps

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A huge thank you to all those who participated in the #ThanksAmy meme (on the blog , on Twitter, or on facebook), and especially to my friend and NetSquared Local organizer Ivan Boothe for starting the meme after my departure was first announced , and to Claire and Laney for taking it to the next level. You can still find me here on the NetSquared blog as well as my personal blog ; and you can still find me on twitter at @amyrsward.

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Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

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What we saw was that by 9 pm on January 12th we were able to launch the program and for the next thee days people only found out about it from Twitter and facebook and so many shared it. Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit.

Great reads from around the web on February 15th

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To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of February 15th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.