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  • Forum Thread: Dealing with conflict in an online community

    Today, I had the pleasure of facilitating the # commbuild tweetchat on Twitter. The # commbuild tweetchat is focused on building and sustaining online communities for nonprofits, charities, schools, government programs and other mission-based initiatives, though some corporate folks frequently...
  • Forum Thread: Resistance to Virtual Communities Through History

    Hello, I am looking for some historical documentation about the resistance to virtual community technologies throughout history. The story that I have heard is that there has always been fear of people losing their connection to reality when a new virtual community technology arrives. Fear of...
  • Forum Reply: Re: virtual community....learning community?

    Sometimes, it's fun to revisit a TechSoup community forum thread that started "so long" ago, in terms of online tools - and I think this might be one of those times. At the time Janet asked this question (back in 2001), using an online community as a learning community was a relatively...
  • Forum Thread: Facebook, Community Building, and Your Nonprofit

    This week on the TechSoup Blog , we discussed the strengths and limitations of Facebook for community organizing. How have you used Facebook to engage with your community? What's the best way to turn online interaction into real-world action? Happy Thursday, Elliot
  • Forum Thread: Danger of the "Closed Garden"

    This comment on TechSoup by jesse , about a Second Life activity: http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/community/f/26/t/35382.aspx got me thinking about closed gardens. A "closed garden", in terms of online community or online space, to my mind, means that the information or space is not...
  • Forum Thread: creating an online group for volunteers

    In association with the release of our book on virtual volunteering , Susan Ellis and I started a LinkedIn group, virtual volunteering , for those that work with volunteers online in any way to share how they do it. A thread that's really taken off is What platform do you use as an online group...
  • Forum Thread: Google Friend Connect - value to nonprofits?

    Would love to hear from any nonprofits, NGOs, libraries or even government offices/departments getting any value out of Google Friend Connect . I've fiddled with it myself, as a way for people to comment on my web pages (which are focused on nonprofits, volunteers, etc.), but I'm not finding...
  • Forum Thread: About the Digital Engagement branch

    Welcome to the Digital Engagement branch of the TechSoup forum! This branch of the TechSoup forum is a place to discuss how employees, consultants and volunteers at nonprofits, NGOs, libraries, schools, government agencies and other mission-based organizations use various computer and Internet devices...
  • Forum Thread: Do you fear online super fans?

    TechSoup recently held an online community meetup regarding building Super Fans . The event defined super fans as people online who demonstrate a particular brand of loyalty that, once recognized, stands to benefit your organization tremendously. Super fans are those individuals who are engaged with...
  • Forum Thread: Playing Games for Peace

    Please come join us in welcoming our friends from Global Kids to the Nonprofit Commons this Friday at 8:30am, where Barry Joseph, director of the Online Leadership program, will discuss one of their edgy new campaigns called "Playing for Peace." Happening now through April 30, youth from...
  • Forum Thread: Add blog to add an existing wordpress site?

    We have a word press website, we are at the place where we need to add a blog so cancer patients, their friends and families and survivors can chat. How do we add this to an existing wordpress site? www.breastfriends.com
  • Forum Thread: How to Enchant an Audience Online With a Presentation

    There's an author that's recently released an online presentation -- slides, with his voice narration -- in conjunction with his book, which is about " How to Enchant an Audience ". The audience he's talking about can be in-person or online. He uses a tool called SlideRocket...
  • Forum Thread: Will Second Life Have Second Thoughts on SOPA?

    January 18 th will go down in the books as the day the internet went dark for a cause. The tech titans of Silicon Valley stood in solidarity against our government like never before. Google even paid homage to the struggle by solemnly changing its doodle. Sigh, it must be important. By now you’ve...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Second Life - How Hard Can It Be?

    It's a bit hard for me to say if I found Second Life hard to use or easy to use. I started my time in Second Life before I began there with my nonprofit so I had completed the steepest part of the learning curve in advance. I will say that at that time the endless help I received from friends and...
  • Forum Thread: Community multi-language interface choices

    I love Flickr as a way to build community, whether its among people I work with face-to-face or people who are geographically remote to me (or even emotionally remote - but that's another story), whether its donors, volunteers, staff or any group interested in a cause or issue. Photo-sharing is such...
  • Forum Thread: Reza Aslan Training on Social Media, Youth Movements & Dynamic Markets July 15-16 in Monterey,CA.

    Renowned Author and Activist Reza Aslan To Give Training on Social Media, Youth Movements and Dynamic Markets July 15-16th in Monterey,CA. Apply Now for Early Bird Specials! Limited Spots Available! Apply by July 1, 2011 for Early Bird Specials! Apply now! The Monterey Institute of International...
  • Forum Thread: Virtual Event Provider Recommendations?

    We are hosting a virtual event involving audio & web conferencing with wrap-around social media tools such as discussion forums, participant directories, resource libraries, online chat. We are considering several providers. Interested to know if there are any providers that others have used that...
  • Forum Thread: "Black Twitter"

    I've known about the vast number of American people of African descent on Twitter for a while now, per looking at the "trending" topics regularly and then checking out the threads for such. The number of black Americans engaged on Twitter is HUGE, and it often feels like there are very...
  • Forum Thread: Crowdsourcing: Creating Innovation or Saving Money?

    On the one hand, I love the idea of community engagement / involvement in government (or nonprofits, or any mission-based organization). On the other hand... is this an effort to get free labor? Who has the kind of paid work that allows them to engage in this kind of unpaid work? Is Crowdsourcing...
  • Forum Thread: Something to Smile About: AmazonSmile (Easy Donations for Nonprofits)

    Here's something for nonprofits to smile about: AmazonSmile . A simple way for your constituents to support your work while they shop on Amazon. Once users select an organization, .5% of all their purchases will be donated by the Amazon Foundation to a nonprofit org. Awesome! I made a colorful infopic...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Creating Nonprofit Facebook Page: Does seeing other nonprofits on Facebook create a pa

    Megan and all, I'm curious, too, whether you notice that your Facebook members are recruiting their friends to your organization's events, i.e. event announcements through Facebook? I think that one of the most exciting benefits of Facebook is how community supporters are doing wonderful publicity...
  • Forum Thread: 9 Ways to Reach Digital Natives

    This article, directed at for-profits, has some good tips on how to reach people who are comfortable with social media. Good tips for nonprofits who want to reach younger donors, too. Here are the 9 tips. The article, 9 Ways to Reach Digital Natives (and the Rest of Us, Too) shares more details...
  • Forum Thread: Community-Building from the Ground Up with Social Media - 6/23 Online Community MeetUp

    Hey everyone! This thread is for you to discuss the content of today's Online Community MeetUp in SF! We heard from Maria Ogneva, who spoke about how to build a community online from the ground up using social media. Did you find her advice relevant and helpful? What tools would you recommend...
  • Forum Thread: Textizen - citizens offering feedback to cities, orgs, agencies by text message

    San Francisco-based non-profit Code for America has launched a pilot project in Philadelphia that allows residents to sound off on issues pertaining to their communities using a cell phone - no smart phone needed! Textizen ,a free platform, works by having residents respond via text message to questions...
  • Forum Thread: engaging online community ambassadors / evangelists (tweetchat followup)

    Yesterday (May 15), TechSoup had a terrific hour-long tweet chat, hosted by Michael DeLong, on engaging online community ambassadors / evangelists. Participants followed the tag #CommBuild on Twitter. May 15, 2012: This week's #CommBuild chat featured guest @MichaelDeLongSF, Online Community...