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How a Few Tiny Horses Bucked the Facebook Algorithm
A tiny black horse, about the size of a large dog, nuzzles a ten-year-old girl named Faith. You can see the adoration in her eyes for Magic, the miniature horse. Despite the fact that she's entering the hospital tomorrow to undergo a few medical procedures, she looks calm and peaceful with Magic...
New to TechSoup: The TINT Social Media Display Platform
TechSoup is proud to announce TINT, our newest donor partner. TINT is an online platform for displaying user-generated and branded social media content on a single website or screen. More than just a social media aggregator, TINT also allows you to customize the look and feel of your aggregated...
Upcoming Webinar October 9: Engage Volunteers With Yammer
Have you used Yammer , the internal "enterprise social network," to help connect, collaborate, and share with your staff? In our upcoming free webinar on Thursday, October 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific time (12 p.m. Eastern), get familiar with how to use Yammer, a social network from Microsoft, to help...
Tell Your Community's Story with NetSquared
With less than two weeks to go, TechSoup’s Storymakers campaign is roaring along. Submit your digital video, five photographs, or a super-short story now, because we have $13,000 in prizes available! Looking for inspiration? We have webinar recordings , tools, and resources to help you make...
Why Social Movements Need Stories
Storytelling can be a powerful tool for good. Harvard lecturer and activist Marshall Ganz says people are rooted in their values and interests, rather than particular issues. Shared underlying values can be unifying, unlike issues, which can be divisive. We understand other people when we can relate...
Upcoming Webinar June 26: Tumblr for Social Good
Ever wonder what that Tumblr thing is? Maybe you already have a personal Tumblr but you're not sure how you could use one to benefit your cause, community, or mission. Join us for free this Thursday, June 26 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Tumblr for Social Good to learn how you can...
Online Community Unconference June 10 in Mountain View, California
Next week, I'll be attending The Online Community Unconference (OCU) , along with my TechSoup community colleague, Susan Tenby. The OCU is a gathering of online community practitioners ' managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors ' to discuss experiences and strategies in the development...
Event: How Does Web 2.0 Impact You?
This Thursday, April 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., The National Society of Hispanic MBAs will present a panel discussion on How does Web 2.0 impact you? at the Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, California. Panelists include representatives from Cisco, Google, Oracle, and Safeway.com From the NSHMBA...
Live Discussion Promoting Causes on Social Networks on June 2
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of free online discussions on Tuesday, June 2 (tomorrow). Here are the details: What: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks When: Tuesday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Cost: Free Where: Online. Questions are submitted via keyboard,...
Connect with TechSoup at NCVS!
This post was written by Evonne Heyning , part of TechSoup's Community team. On June 7th TechSoup representatives Elliot Harmon, Susan Tenby, and Evonne Heyning will present in a unique Interactive Strategy event at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, LA ( NCVS...
How To Search the Social Web: The Ultimate Toolkit
Robin Broitman of the Interactive Insights Group has created an extensive list of tools for searching the social Web. She calls it a "comprehensive guide to a wide range of resources, Web sites, services, and advice that will help you find, filter, and monitor the information you need more effectively...
How to Use Facebook to Raise Funds for Your Nonprofit
This guest post was authored by Declan Murphy, Giftworks marketing and social media coordinator. He maintains social media presence for Giftworks via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as their website and blog, in addition to hosting GiftWorks monthly webinars. Facebook poses the ultimate dilemma...
NetSquared Conference is in full effect!
The third annual NetSquared Conference at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA, is in full effect! My brain is buzzing with all the interesting ideas and projects I've learned about and the innovative and passionate folks that I've met here. But if you're not here in person, there's no reason you can't take...
Join TechSoup's Social Media Channels
TechSoup has over 400 technology products available for nonprofits and over 40 donor partners. Since 2002, TechSoup has helped over 118,000 nonprofits and libraries save over $1.7 billion in information technology expenses. And TechSoup's Learning Center has more than 500 how-to articles and...
Get Equipped to Better Your Community at the 8th Annual Craigslist Boot Camp
Organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area should check out the Craigslist Foundation's 8th Annual Boot Camp on Thursday, June 2, at the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay campus. It's a one-day conference that crams in a few dozen workshops and lots of opportunities to hear...
Resistance to Social Media
It's been three weeks since Becky blogged about NTEN's We Are Media , a wiki where people share ideas, insights, and resources about how nonprofits can (and can't) use social media technologies. In those three weeks, We Are Media has become an exciting hub for discussion, debate, and resources. Each...
Twitter Me This, Twitter Me That: Applications for Twitter
I've blogged before about how Twitter can be used as an effective collaboration tool for your nonprofit. But there's many other ways to enhance what Twitter can do. Here are several Twitter applications that you can make Twitter an increasingly useful social networking service: Twitter Track : Just as...
Spam from your Social Networking Site?
My inbox this week was flooded with email invitations to join a new social networking site, Quechup . Numerous people were caught off-guard when after joining Quechup, every person in their email address book was spammed with Quechup invitations--without their permission. It's a common practice on many...
Flickr Adds Twitter Integration
Ian at roots.lab reports that Flickr has just added a "post to Twitter" feature. If you use either or both of these tools to keep followers up to date on the work you're doing in the field, the new feature is great news. It's already gained a lot of traction in the past week. Of course, Twitpic has been...
This Week in the Learning Center: Calendars for Your Website
This week, we decided to revisit an older article, Free, Easy Ways to Add a Calendar to Your Website . This is one of TechSoup's most popular articles (thanks in no small part to Google ), but some parts had gotten a little dated and it was well in need of an update. The most obvious change is that far...
Building Reputation Systems Online: Live-Blogging from SF Online Community Meetup
This was cross-posted on NonprofitCommons.org . Guest blogger, Lauren Friedman ( @lauren_hannah on Twitter) is a community manager, writer, blogger, and photographer. This month's Online Community Meetup featured facilitator, Bill Johnston , Online Community Manager for Dell and longtime online community...
Using Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit: October 13 Online
What: Another in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 's series of online discussions: How to Use Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit Group When: Tuesday, October 13, at 12 noon, Eastern time Where: http://philanthropy.com/live/2009/10/facebook/ How Much: Free Description: Facebook Causes, a tool created...
Share Your Photos on Flickr and Be Featured on TechSoup
You work to make an impact every day — here's your chance to share that passion and possibly have your photo featured on TechSoup's homepage. Upload photos that you've taken to TechSoup's Flickr Group around the following theme (below). We'll choose three pictures for a month-long feature on the...
Take a Virtual Trip to Bali
Every year the United Nations holds an international conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). This gathering to discuss the global problem of climate change has an unintended irony: the tremendous carbon footprint it takes to fly all participants to...
Five Reasons Why Should You Go to the 2009 NTC
In the world of nonprofits and technology, there is one annual event that trumps most others as THE place to be and be seen. Okay, so it's not as glamorous as the Oscars or as geek-tacular as World of Warcraft conventions. It's better, because it's made for you and me. Yes, you've guessed it. I'm talking...