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  • Blog Post: Member Spotlight: Fred Weiner of Dragonfly Forest

    Dragonfly Forest took second place in the TechSoup Digital Online Storytelling Challenge for their photo story , but they haven't stopped there! They have a new video about their work as well. I connected with Executive Director, Fred Weiner, to find out more about this challenge winner's organization...
  • Blog Post: 1stfans: How Much Is Your Nonprofit's Online Presence Worth?

    In December, the Brooklyn Museum introduced 1stfans , a "socially networked museum membership." For an affordable $20 a year, 1stfans members can access special Brooklyn Museum content by email, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook; and attend members-only events at the museum. I heard about 1stfans...
  • Blog Post: Getting Your Blog On? Comparing Two Blog Tool Giants

    If your organization is looking to join the blogosphere, there are a lot of things to consider — staff investment, leadership buy-in, one blog or multiple, return on investment, and a host of other issues. Once the decision has been made to get your organizational blog rolling (pun intended) the...
  • Blog Post: 10NTC: Live Notes from Journalist Andrew Sullivan's Opening Plenary

    On the blogging movement: "It started 15 years ago in a rather quiet way. It's evolved rather like movie zombies. They used to be rather clumsy and lumbering and slow and you could duck them. And now they come at you really, really fast." Two main points about blogging: Blogging is a broadcast: "A blog...
  • Blog Post: Choosing Your Target Audience

    Are your outreach efforts failing because you are casting too wide of a net? Green Media Toolshed offers some tips for honing in on your target audience in its Pick Your Target Audience Top Ten . Among the suggestions: Name your "Wish List." If you could convince 130 people to embrace your...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup at NTC: Talk Back, Security, Online Communities, Tech Planning, and More!

    The time has come. The 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) has begun. Sessions have started this morning Twitterers and bloggers are live - blogging left and right. Some sessions are being broadcast live or presented via webinar through NTEN's site so even if you're not able to attend in person...
  • Blog Post: Get a Life(stream) this Wednesday, July 22

    Remember that guy who walked around the streets of San Francisco with a webcam attached to his head, filming his life as he went through his day? Justin Kan pioneered the concept of "lifestreaming" and the Justin.tv platform has since opened up to any users wanting to lifestream. Justin will be joining...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Brazil Partners with the UN Foundation for Social Good Brazil

    TechSoup Brazil teamed up with the UN Foundation, IBM, BrazilFoundation, and others for the Social Good Brazil International Seminar held on November 6 - 8 in Florianopolis, Brazil. Social Good Brazil followed on the heels of Mashable and the UN Foundation's Social Good Summit , which was held...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 & Social Networking Survey

    Citizen Schools and the Public Learning Media Laboratory have launched a survey to gather detail about specific Web 2.0 and social networking technologies that nonprofits are using. This follows a survey the groups published in March, called Web 2.0 & Social Networking Nonprofit Survey (PDF) . That...
  • Blog Post: How Social Networking Is Helping the Poor in India

    From India, the International Herald Tribune reports how a new site called Babajob.com is taking social networking one step further by using online networks to help connect people in Bangalore to jobs, even if the job-seekers lack access to technology. Using small jobs placement - and incentivised referrals...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording: Podcasting

    This week I helped produce the second of five webinars (in conjunction with NTEN ) about Storytelling and Social Media. The presenter, Corey Pudhorodsky, is the host and producer of 501c3Cast . He helped attendees identify if podcasting is a good match for their storytelling needs and gave them a clear...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Social Media Survey

    From our good friends at Idealware : Are you on staff at a nonprofit? Are you using any social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, video sites, blogs) - or even just starting to experiment with it? If so, please take our Social Media survey today: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=l3Z9bXmCorZ_2fQzAYlvrOkw_3d_3d...
  • Blog Post: Develop Your Social Media Strategy with NTEN

    What: NTEN is holding an online workshop on social media using a Choose Your Own Expert format. They've gathered a group of nonprofit social media experts to help you devise a solid organizational strategy and learn the secrets of a variety of social media tools.  After an opening plenary by Beth Kanter...
  • Blog Post: Social Media 101 TweetChat: Twitter

    TechSoup continued its Social Media Mondays in May with a discussion on Twitter to expand on the resources offered in its Nonprofit Social Media 101 wiki . The second installment of the weekly TweetChat series offered some useful advice on nonprofit Twitter use, a tool that can be difficult to understand...
  • Blog Post: Community Organizers Handbook: Launching a Resource for NetSquared Local and Beyond!

    This post was originally posted on the NetSquared Blog and was written by Amy Sample Ward. Over the last few years, the NetSquared Local network (a project of TechSoup Global's) has grown from just a few groups in only a couple countries, to 70+ groups in 21+ countries! Those local groups are organized...
  • Blog Post: Online goes Offline: San Francisco Online Community MeetUp Wed. January 23rd

    Are you one of those people juggling your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and all of those other online communities you belong to? Do you always have your eye out for the latest 2.0 tool to play around with? Well if so, it's time you met up in person with some of your fellow folks interested in online community...
  • Blog Post: In the Social Media Kitchen with TechSoup Chefs at NSAC 2010

    We kicked off our tech kitchen with a presentation Social Media: Listen First . As we mentioned on the blog, TechSoup's online community staffers along with expert consultants presented at the NSAC (National Sexual Assault Conference) hosted by CALCASA (California Coalition Against Sexual Assault). The...
  • Blog Post: Idealware's Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide: Three Perspectives

    Just in time for TechSoup's Social Media September , our friends at Idealware have released an update to The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide . TechSoup's own social media team weighs in on the report and offers their advice for making wise social media decisions. TechSoup's Global...
  • Blog Post: What's Next in Media? And How Do Nonprofits Jump In?

    As someone who's worked on the media/communications end of the nonprofit world for a few years, I know how difficult it can be to even catch the coattails of new media technologies and the way they influence how we communicate with our constituents. Even more difficult is staying on the cutting-edge...
  • Blog Post: Susan Tenby on Game Changing Radio

    TechSoup's very own Susan Tenby ( @suzboop ) was recently interviewed by Jim Love ( @therealjimlove ), Allan Hoving ( @ahoving ) and Janet Fouts ( @jfouts ) as the featured guest of Game Changing on BlogTalkRadio. Susan was asked about her role as the community director of TechSoup and the Nonprofit...
  • Blog Post: Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

    The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. Thousands of people - with the aid of their computers, mobile phones, and online applications - were able to do important work to save lives and bring resources...
  • Blog Post: Last Week to Help, Humiliate, AND Fundraise

    With the economic slump, a lot of nonprofits are feeling the crunch, especially when it comes to travel and conference budgets. That's why our friends over at NTEN are reaching out to the community to pitch in for the scholarship fund to help up to 57 nonprofit folks attend the annual NTEN conference...
  • Blog Post: PdF10: Personal Democracy Forum June 3-4

    The fine folks at Fenton Communications have made it feasible for me to foray into the 2010 Personal Democracy Forum as a "Fenton Fellow" (go ahead, just count the number of "fs" in that sentence). The annual event tackles the broader scope of how technology is changing politics and...
  • Blog Post: Creating Nonprofit Facebook Pages

    For those of you at organization's grappling with a jump into social networking sites like Facebook , our pals over at the Wild Apricot blog have some helpful primers on how to maximize your presence. This time around, they've got a great "how-to" on setting up a nonprofit page on Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Social Media Tips & Secrets from Heather Mansfield

    You've heard the maxims of social media before: "Join the conversation," "Engage your audience," "Be authentic!" ' but what does all of that really mean? If you attended last Thursday's free webinar, 10 Social Media Tips & Secrets , you can now answer these questions for yourself. Of the nearly 400...