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  • Blog Post: Social Media in 50 Steps

    Sometimes when you come across something online, you just know it's a gem that needs to be shared. This is one of those items. Chris Brogan put together a really comprehensive list of 50 Steps to Establishing a Consistent Social Media Practice on his blog about community and social media. It's chock...
  • Blog Post: Personal Democracy Forum Call on Thursday: "It Gets Better" Project

    If you pay attention to the news, you've likely heard reports in the past few months of a handful of young LGBT people taking their own lives after various experiences with bullying because of their perceived sexual orientation. Out of these tragedies came the It Gets Better Project , which was lead...
  • Blog Post: Follow TechSoup Global at #10NTC on Twitter 4/7

    Below are TechSoup Global staff you can follow on Twitter during the Nonprofit Technology Conference. There's also a listing for hashtags that'll make monitoring the breakout sessions that include TSG presenters much easier. Follow TechSoup Global at # 10NTC on Twitter TechSoup: @ techsoup TechSoup Global...
  • Blog Post: Three Analytics Tools to Gauge Your Social Audience's Pulse

    Just like many of the nonprofits and other loyal readers of Beth's Blog , we at Social Media for Nonprofits are excited about the recent release of Beth Kanter's new book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data for Social Change . In line with its focus on turning data into knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Mister Splashy Pants: Losing Control of the Message

    Are you ready to start using social media in your organization? It's a more complicated question than you might think: adopting new media necessarily means giving up a certain degree of control over your message, and there's a host of reasons not to loosen the reins. On the other hand, losing that control...
  • Blog Post: Connect with TechSoup at the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC)

    This week TechSoup staff members and expert consultants are speaking at the National Sexual Assault Conference hosted by CALCASA (California Coalition Against Sexual Assault) National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) in Hollywood, CA. Susan Tenby and Megan Keane presented on a panel with Janet Fouts...
  • Blog Post: SXSW Key Advice to Nonprofit Social Media Marketers

    Frogloop , the nonprofit marketing blog run by Care2, has an excellent summary post from a panel at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW). I've been meaning to write about it here for more than a week, so even though it's a little late, it has some terrific points that don't expire. The post's author...
  • Blog Post: Transcript: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

    If you missed The Chronicle of Philanthropy's June 23 online discussion Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes , the transcript is now available. The discussion featured: Danielle Brigida , the social-media outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in Washington, DC where she manages...
  • Blog Post: NTC 2009 Building and Sustaining Vibrant Online Communities

    Last Monday I attended my colleague, Susan Tenby's panel presentation, Building and Sustaining Vibrant Online Communities at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) . I had some connectivity issues so I wasn't able to live blog this as I'd hoped, but here is my not-so-live recap of this informative...
  • Blog Post: RSA Security Conference Day 1: Clouds Are Here to Stay

    RSA Conference , the annual IT conference on security, officially kicked off this week in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Last year , we noted that IT managers in the enterprise sector were ambivalent about cloud computing or "software as a service" (SaaS) as deployed and used in the enterprise. This...
  • Blog Post: Photo Caption for a Cause

    Today is the last day to submit your caption for the Humane Society's LOLseals Photo Caption Contest . This campaign is another example of one of the creative ways nonprofits are using Flickr to support their cause. How does it work? It's simple. Select a baby seal photo that speaks to you and come up...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording: Video Creation & Sharing

    Last week we (we, being TechSoup) presented the third of five webinars in a series with NTEN focused on Storytelling and Social Media. Jay Dedman & Ryanne Hodson shared their knowledge of Video Creation & Sharing. One participant exclaimed: “Excellent! Very helpful, very insightful, very...
  • Blog Post: Going Digital: What Every Nonprofit Should Know

    Lasa, a UK-based technology and welfare charity (and content partner of TechSoup's), published a crowdsourced report on how charities and nonprofits can engage with technology to build a stronger connection with their constituents. Digital: What Every Charity Leader Should Know features insight...
  • Blog Post: Join Us for Local and Virtual Events This Week With Social Media September

    We’re half way into Social Media September , but we’re just getting started! There are several ways for you to get involved in our social media for social good events no matter where you live, since our community is holding both live and virtual gatherings. Join our global tweet chat...
  • Blog Post: The Wrong Kind of Friends?

    On the heels of Idealware's article Should Your Organization Use Social Networking Sites? comes With Friends Like These ... , a piece from The Guardian that explores the financial and ideological ties of some of the site's main investors. While the article has already provoked some heated feelings around...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Publishes Guide for Nonprofits and Causes

    Facebook has produced a guide to help nonprofits build their organization's presence on the world's top social media platform. Here are some highlights with a few extra resources. Take Advantage of Facebook's Key Features Post an eye-catching photo up front and center. (As Frank...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge: Tips on Telling Your Story

    The second annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge has begun! If you've already created a video or photo story according to the challenge guidelines, you can head over to the challenge site and submit it now . If you haven't gotten started on your submission yet, check out the details...
  • Blog Post: 10NTC: Social Media Veterans Tell What Works, What Doesn't

    I just got out of the Social Media Veterans Affinity Group here at NTC 2010 in Atlanta. It was basically a crowd of about 100 social media-savvy folks chatting about how they effectively use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools at their organizations. The session was run by TechSoup's own...
  • Blog Post: Sharon Burns Virtual Worlds Tour

    Sharon Burns from the MacArthur Foundation has created a virtual worlds tour. Our online community maven, Susan Tenby recently took the tour and had this to say: I recommend the tour, especially if you always wanted to know about the leading virtual worlds, but SL eats up all your time, and you couldn...
  • Blog Post: Meetro and More at April MeetUp

    Tell the truth--do you spend more hours then you'd like to admit on Facebook? Do you go through withdrawal symptoms if your instant messenger client is down? Well, fear not, there are other online community junkies out there like you and the San Francisco Online Community Report MeetUp is a great way...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Community Team Wiki Launch

    TechSoup exists not only to provide nonprofits with technology, but also to connect them to the resources they need to use it. Our online community and social media team helps to do that by sharing what we learn as we develop our own projects, making education a central goal of our activities. We're...
  • Blog Post: PdF10: Can the Internet Fix Politics? How Data Visualization Can Help Us Listen and Respond

    At this morning's session of short-talk presentations, Can the Internet Fix Politics? , attendees at the Personal Democracy Forum heard from a variety (really, a variety) of speakers from different ends of the political spectrum and across different technologies. Here are some highlights from the...
  • Blog Post: Should You Spend Your Time on Social Networking?

    Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Plaxo - the list of online social networking sites goes on. There's been lots of buzz lately about nonprofit organizations getting involved with social networking tools and the pros and cons of various platforms. Yet behind the excitement lies the important question of return...
  • Blog Post: LinkedIn's Nonprofit Solutions

    This post was authored by Trenton DuVal, a contributing editor at NetSquared, and originally appeared on the NetSquared blog . LinkedIn is launching a new set of tools aimed at nonprofits. Earlier this year, the company launched LinkedIn Nonprofit Solutions under the LinkedIn for Good brand. ...
  • Blog Post: SocEntChat: Innovation, Education, and Change

    Last month, I was lucky enough to attend Ashoka's Tech4Society conference in Hyderabad, India, as a writer for the AshokaTech blog . Since then, I've continued to write at AshokaTech about technological innovations in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors. This post originally appeared...