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  • Forum Thread: What are some of your favorite spam fighting tips?

    I have written an article on TechSoup called, Top 20 Ways to Prevent Spam as a part of our spam prevention month . As you may know, we will be hosting an onmline event on the topic of spam next week. What are your personal favorite ways to keep your inbox spam-free? Share them with the TechSoup...
  • Forum Thread: Hosts 40-50 minutes of Video (for academic lectures, etc) ?

    Hi, I'd like to add free Video-streaming Hosting Services to World University and School, especially those that will host 40-50 minutes of video (for academic lectures), and even as long as 2 hours plus. What web sites would you suggest? http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Educational_Software#Video...
  • Forum Reply: RE: What mail client do you use? Does it handle large number of emails?

    I use way too many email clients. :) I have tried Thunderbird and haven't been very impressed. I was running it on an older machine and it was pretty slow. I also use GMail - which is no longer in Beta by the way. You can sign up without an invite. I really like the Gmail interface. No...
  • Forum Thread: Document Sharing

    I know that in 2003, we discussed document sharing and collaboration tools but I have recently discovered that this field has really evolved. I am aware of google docs but I have found it a bit limiting (for ex, the need to create sign on with the same email addy that you were invited with is a little...
  • Forum Reply: RE: What's the best way to send a text email newsletter to 500 people?

    I personally don't like to outsource my newsletters. I've found that the amount of manual work is very small, acutally. I send out a newsletter to about 470 people once or twice a month, and I typically get maybe 2 or 3 notices to subscribe, unsubscribe, or invalid addresses each time. It's...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Do you use an automated online backup service?

    I just saw that Xdrive (www.xdrive.com) is now free!! It offers 5 gig storage. I see it's part of aol, has anyone tried it? When it was a pay service it got some good reviews from PC World.
  • Forum Reply: Re: Graylisting and other annoying quirks

    If you use a service like constant contact be cautious of any of the tagging and tracking mechanisms that you use from the service inside the body of the emails as many of the methods are flagged as spam and messages get caught in spam filters. Dave
  • Forum Reply: RE: Crazedlist: metasearch tool for Craigslist

    Yet another cool little CraigsList tool: Craig2Mail . (And another Techsoup post on Craigslist tools)
  • Forum Reply: Re: Sending SMS messages to large groups

    Try: http://www.clickatell.com/ But know that you have to have permission from the owner of each number on the list to send them text messages. A so called "opt-in" - if not, you'll be in violation of carrier policies - and not allowed to send again. I don't think you can do this...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Money or Community - You decide

    This is a very interesting question. The one challenge with building community online is that it helps to have some kind of established community already (both on and offline). People tend to want to participate more in an established, active community where things are going on versus a community with...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Non-Profit employee recruiting woes...

    I might recommend you check out volunteermatch.org and idealist.org. We have great success with them. I also heard about internships4u, but I could not make their site work for me. I do not know if you can use volunteers in your organization, but we cannot afford not to. It is not an easy proposition...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Crazedlist: metasearch tool for Craigslist

    And another: http://craigslistwatch.com/
  • Forum Reply: RE: Do you use an automated online backup service?

    A service I'm strongly checking into is iBackup. It's kind of difficult to setup at first, but can backup your files, SQL servers w/o shutting them down, Exchange Servers, Quickbooks, Peachtree, and anything in between. The pricing is very competetive and they offer different levels of backup...
  • Forum Reply: RE: creating an intranet with an IT staff

    I thought the original lnk that I posted in previous message would have directed to this site below Hosted Sharepoint Its a hosted site, so you don't need an IT staff. I am not sure how much they charge but the first month is free. If you want another option, you can try google...
  • Forum Thread: What's the best way to send a text email newsletter to 500 people?

    I'm helping my bike maintenance co-op with some of their communications issues, and they want a way to send text only email newsletters to their members. In the email they want an easy way for people to unsbuscribe. They'd also like a way to keep track of their members, to see whose membership...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Organization Wide IT knowledge survey

    Mike, Ideally you would have everyone take comprehensive tests on all the relevant software. Hopefully some of the others here can offer suggestions. But it sounds like you're asking for something quick and cheap; a shortcut to let you know who already has general skills or who might most easily...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Creating Nonprofit Facebook Page

    No need to re-invent the wheel--the FMBL application on Facebook can be used to do this. Here's some snazzy icons you can use and this post let's you know how. You can also use this on Change.org and your MySpace profile. I also recommend joining the Nonprofits.org Facebook group. , as they...
  • Forum Reply: RE: best format for an e-mail newsletter?

    Hi, Don, It's generally accepted that plain-text is more widely accepted for a variety of reasons I've noticed that this is the case here in the TechSoup forums, and I think that it might make people not experiment with html newsletters. In my personal experience (and I was a die...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Is there something better than wordpress for this?

    Based on what your requirements are, I would keep things very simple: 1) I would create a password-protected directory on your web host and use a simple free file upload/storage/download script like we use on our www.ojdl.com. 2) I would set up a Google Calendar and add it to the template of the...
  • Forum Thread: Creating Nonprofit Facebook Page

    Tech Soup blog has a message 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. Does seeing other nonprofits on facebook make you want to create a page...
  • Forum Reply: RE: When to Survey

    You might want to also consider using an online survey. This article on tools and tips for conducting an online survey. Here at TechSoup we use SurveyMonkey to get feedback from staff after our monthly meetings. Best, Megan
  • Forum Reply: RE: Do you use an automated online backup service?

    My company provides IT Services and Support to Non-Profits. As a disaster recovery/backup option I offer iFolder accounts. It securely syncs all data at a set interval with one of our servers & allows access to files from any internet connection - great for mobile professionals. We backup directly...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Does anyone out there visit Second Life?

    UPDATE: We have set up a TechSoup Group in Second Life now. For more information on this log onto SecondLife.com and search for the TechSoup.org group. Let us know if you do and who your avatar is and we can work together to help build community within this virtual world. Thanks,...
  • Forum Reply: RE: best format for an e-mail newsletter?

    I suggest using simple text format as being the most compatible and least likely to be blocked by spam filters.
  • Forum Thread: Free Search Engine/Free State Search Program

    Hi, I know this will sound confusing, but if you go to my website, you'll understand (http://www.hepcmo.org). What I need is to incorporate a search engine into this website I've put together (the red box in the upper left hand corner). Then, what I want to do is set up the box...