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  • Blog Post: For World Peace and Lip-Synching

    The New York Times has an interesting article on MTV's new ThinkMTV , a social-networking site for social causes. While the site touches on a range of progressive issues ― including the environment, politics, and education ― the project has received criticism from nonprofits such as TakingITGlobal...
  • Blog Post: Social Media 101 TweetChats in Review

    TechSoup's Social Media Mondays in May tweetchats offered an interactive learning component to its recently developed Nonprofit Social Media 101 wiki . The four chats provided nonprofits the opportunity to learn about a different social media topic each week from TechSoup and other nonprofit...
  • Blog Post: Time for Social Networking to be More Open and Friend-ly

    Ever feel like your relationship with Facebook or MySpace is a little one-sided? Are you tired of putting all of your effort and personal data in, only to be met with a closed network? Scott Gilbertson's recent article in Wired magazine explores the lack of open standards in most social networking sites...
  • Blog Post: Why Do Online Donors Leave?

    Here's a fantastic blog post at NTEN from Network for Good 's Rebecca Higman and Katya Andresen (we've linked to Katya's excellent blog numerous times in the past ). Rebecca and Katya try to pin down the seemingly erratic behavior of online donors and offer some lessons on how we can develop longer relationships...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording: Creating Social Buzz

    Danielle Brigida presented about "Creating Your Own Buzz" in the fourth webinar in a series of five focused on Storytelling & Social Media. NTEN and TechSoup have partnered to offer these free webinars with the support of the Packard and Surnda foundations. You can check it out on the archive...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Reduce Your Power Use - Part 4: Enhance Your Impact

    This is the final post in a four-part series. Part 1 of this series listed the five actions we recommend that you take to reduce the power use of your computer. Part 2 and Part 3 explained in more detail how you could easily complete four cost-saving actions. This post explains the fifth and final action...
  • Blog Post: San Francisco Meets the Metaverse 3

    Join in the Celebration of the Launch of the Second Nonprofit Commons Sim! Nonprofits and their supporters will be hosting a mixed reality grand opening celebration in San Jose and in the metaverse on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, starting at 10:00 A.M. PST/SLT (Second Life Time), in the new second Nonprofit...
  • Blog Post: Facebook, Community Building, and Your Nonprofit

    Adina Levin has an absorbing post this week on the limits of Facebook for community organizing: In Facebook, if you don't know someone already, you might come across them in conversations in the discussion thread started by a friend, or the page of an institution that you "like." But you then have no...
  • Blog Post: Online Discussion: Using Twitter and Other Online Tools on November 25

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of online discussions, this time on social media like Twitter and Facebook. They describe the session as follows: For some groups, these tools have helped raise money for their causes and built increased visibility. But many groups are still...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge: Tools for Telling Your Story

    There's still plenty of time to participate in the second annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge ! Finished video or photo stories created according to the challenge guidelines can be submitted at the challenge website . Don't know about the challenge? Read the details on the TechSoup...
  • 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...