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TechSoup is a great hive of smart people interested in technologies for good. We thought we’d give you a little glimpse behind the curtain on where we get our technology information.
We begin with George because he and his team are our eyes and ears on NPTech and also the ones who tell our story far and wide.
“Where do I get my tech news? Primarily through the Flipboard app of course. I like the technology magazine from Flipboard News and they also have a vast arsenal of user curated magazines including TechSoup’s very own Data for Good magazine.
For Tech leaders and interesting points of view I use Facebook lists such as Robert Scoble’s list of tech journalists or bloggers or Tech VIPs. I also like Twitter lists like Most influential in Tech.
For innovative thoughts and tech-related musings, my favorite hunting grounds are on Medium and their Tech Talk collection.”
Ginny is our thoroughbred tech journalist. She came to us from PCWorld. Here’s what she says:
“For general technology and mobile news, I really enjoy The Verge. They always find an interesting spin on what’s happening in the tech world. Plus, their website just looks really nice: clean format and fantastic photos. For PC-related news, I like to visit my old employer, PCWorld. I really like how they explain fairly technical how-tos in plain English.
When I’m scouring for library-related topics, I go to Library Journal’s The Digital Shift and InfoDocket.”
Ron runs our desktop support team who keep our computers and other IT devices running day and night. Here are some of his favorite sources of information:
Michelle is one of our millennials who works on program planning and communications among our executive team. Here are her daily tech information favorites:
Kyle is one of our experts in foundation technology. Here’s what he says:
“As a non-techie techie, I tend to get my information from sources that stand at the intersection of tech and society. Two of my favorites are the Atlantic Monthly and Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Atlantic is an outstanding magazine, one I regularly read cover-to-cover, and it routinely reports about technology and society--from Supreme Court decisions about technology to the individual choices we face when we fire up our smart phones, surf the Internet, or post on Facebook.
Berkman (“exploring cyberspace, sharing in its study, and pioneering its development”) is more technical, and focuses on the legal and privacy ramifications of the digital age. Interested in the future of Internet governance or how teens are thinking about privacy on the Internet? Berkman is your source.“
Everyday, Barb Shaughnessy looks for news about our donor partners. Her favorite places for that are:
Yahoo! Finance, is a great source for news on companies
Feedly News Alerts – Feedly is a free RSS reader where Barb can pick out several different news sources including Twitter and Facebook and have the info delivered to her browser and tablet
San Jose Mercury News Business Section – ‘The Merc’ is the daily newspaper for Silicon Valley and where a good deal of breaking tech news appears first.
Ross is one of our technical infrastructure engineers. He’s a techie’s techie. Here are his go-to sites:
Karen’s job requires that she keeps up-to-date on the latest techniques for building software – something we do quite a bit at TechSoup. Here are her sources for information.
Eli is our indefatigable NetSquared organizer. He helps NP techies in an improbable number of countries get together to talk shop. He is based in British Columbia, Canada.
"All my best intel and ideas come via our private Facebook group for NetSquared community organizers. Another great source for community manager best practices and wisdom comes from My Community Manager.
They offer regular tweet chats and Google+ hangouts where community managers come together to share best practices and scheme about how to make things better. A recent interesting discussion was around "The Role of Community in an Organization”. My Community Manager provides mentorship for students, a community for Community Managers, and a resource for employers."
Patrick is responsible for letting everyone in nonprofitlandia know about all our product donations.
"I mostly follow TechCrunch, Gizmodo, and National Public Radio’s All Tech Considered. I like them because they're easily digestible. I roll them into my morning news reading."
Susan is one of our social media adepts. Here is how she gets her tech information:
I do a ton of big social media listening to get info to curate for our social media. So, I don't just go to sources, per se (except for Beth Kanter’s Blog and Janet Fouts’ Social Media Coach site). I use the following tools to listen to keywords that inform my content curation:
Frank manages TechSoup’s office facilities team and one of our most well-read techies.
Here is his list of social and tech blogs that he reads through Feedly on his phone, tablet and computer. By-the-way, he has a different set of news sites he reads for politics and general news.
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