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  • Forum Thread: Facebook is shuttering Parse, paving the way for Twitter Fabric

    Parse is moving on. Beginning on January 28 Parse began winding down its service, and will be fully retired on January 28, 2017. Parse was founded in 2011 by Tikhon Bernstam, Ilya Sukhar, James Yu, and Kevin Lacker, previously at Google and Y Combinator. The firm produces back-end tools for mobile...
  • Forum Thread: Book proposals sought for "Critical Digital and Social Media Studies"

    forwarded message Critical Digital and Social Media Studies is a new book series edited by Prof Christian Fuchs on behalf of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and published by the University of Westminster Press (UWP). We invite submissions of book proposals that fall into the scope of...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Lack of education & limited language skills limit poor women's wider web use

    Interesting correlation here, though not gender exclusive, to the 'Spiral of Silence' Pew Research report I've shared. I also found this: In this paper we examine the effect of having a Facebook account on diverse modes of online and offline participation after six months. We find that...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Hello! And seeking to connect with other elearning folks who work with nonrpofits

    Hi Lewis, That is so great to hear! From my experience there seems to be a lack of information and support on this topic geared to nonprofit organizations, so it will really help fill a void. I can't wait to see what you roll out! *editing to reply to your second post* Thank you for the compliment...
  • Forum Thread: Actual *good* photos from a hackathon (in Uganda)

    Just saw some TERRIFIC photos on Facebook , posted by UNFPA Uganda ( @UNFPAUganda on Twitter), from a hackathon by @REACHAHAND Uganda (RAHU). Photos from hackathons, edit-a-thons, etc. are tricky - seeing people sitting at computers, looking at screens, is so boring. This group did a nice job of making...
  • Forum Reply: RE: List of banned words on social media for employees & volunteers?

    Reviving this thread, per a story that was just brought to my attention today: North Smithfield administrator asks volunteer to resign over Facebook post A member of a Rhode Island town’s Parks and Recreation Committee who questioned his motor vehicle tax in a post on his Facebook page was...
  • Forum Thread: Your Facebook Fanbase is Shrinking — Why This is A Good Thing

    Many organizations, particularly nonprofits, are panicking over Facebook fan bases declining because deactivated and memorialized accounts are being removed from Page like counts, which is happening on March 12 , This article notes that " Though chasing fan counts is silly, the plus side of showing...
  • Forum Thread: guide to social media emergency management analytics

    Need a guide to social media emergency management analytics ? Humanity Road just published one. "Emergency Management is a mature field of study but Social Media Analytics is still in its infancy and navigating this field requires an understanding of the opportunities it presents. We are publishing...
  • Forum Thread: Social Media Plan/Template

    Hello! I have been asked to prepare a social media plan for my non-profit, which is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization. I'm looking for a sample, or a template for a plan, i.e., which social media sites to use, what to post, how to target various sectors, how to manage the overall effort...
  • Forum Thread: Using social media to promote respect, tolerance, reconciliation?

    The Center for Disease Control in the USA uses a special Twitter account, @CDCSTD , to help people” to be safer and healthier by the prevention of STDs and their complications.” The initiative @EverydaySexism uses Twitter to create awareness about the every day harassment and sexism that...
  • Forum Thread: "Liking" a company or product means you can never sue?

    General Mills — the giant food conglomerate behind Cheerios, Chex, and Wheaties, as well as Betty Crocker, Macaroni Grill, Yoplait, and Nature Valley — has changed the legal terms on its website, The New York Times noticed . As the Week.com reports , Now, if you interact with any of those...
  • Forum Thread: participate in study re: use of social media in crisis events

    Reposted from Liberationtech: https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech Do you use social media? Would you be interested in participating in a study about social media use during disaster events? Researchers at the University of Washington are conducting a study of the use of...
  • Forum Thread: NCTech4Good Sept 18: Social Media for Social Good

    As part of NetSquared’s Social Media September #SocMedSep NCTech4Good ( www.nctech4good.org ) is holding Social Media for Social Good on September 18. We’ll dive deep into Social Media and look at social media best practices, techniques to build community, and overall engagement strategies...
  • Forum Thread: Apr. 24 Webinar: Social Media as an Advocacy Tool, by Alliance for Biking & Walking

    Alliance for Biking & Walking (via Facebook says: "Want to make an impact with biking and walking advocacy with online tools? Join us next week for a webinar on using social media as an advocacy tool . A panel of savvy social media experts will explore current trends and do's and don’ts...
  • Forum Thread: 2014 conferences on tech for mission-based orgs, or that will include discussions of such

    I'd like to compile a list of 2014 conferences that are either entirely focused on technology use at mission-based organizations (nonprofits, NGOs, government agencies, etc.), or, that will include at least some workshops on such. The events should be focused on helping people learn. Here's...
  • Forum Thread: New Easy Bandwidth Management Technology from Relief Labs International

    Hey all, We released our first beta of EasyTomato, EasyTomato 0.6 ! EasyTomato is an open source project that provides free bandwidth management and access restriction firmware that is perfect for schools, hospitals, and non-profits with slow internet connections and limited IT knowledge. ...
  • Forum Thread: Learn About Drupal & Social Media -- Free Webinar Weds 6/16!

    Does your organization need a new solution for its website issues? Are you familiar with Drupal or Open Source already, and are just looking for more ways to effectively use the technology? Want to learn from experts about Social Bookmarking, integrating your website with Facebook and Twitter, running...
  • Forum Thread: Introducing Myself

    Hi TechSoup community! I am Matt Collins. Previously, I was a educator, counselor, case manager, and group facilitator for adults with disabilities and/or mental illness. I left the social service world to pursue a transition into the social media/tech industry. I started by building social media...
  • Forum Reply: Re: SEO Tip: Use "The Periodic Table of SEO Ranking Factors" to Improve Your Site

    Hi Sasha, I know you mean. I guess I was trying to be evergreen with the article considering how quickly my choice in tools changes. Send me a private message and I'll give you complimentary access to my SEO training video library (www.creativesearchstrategies.com/workshop-schedule/). This was originally...
  • Forum Thread: accessibility training institute May 17 - 19, 2011 in Austin

    John Slatin AccessU, a web accessibility training institute by Knowbility.org , is next week. AccessU "allows attendees to engage with world renowned accessibility experts to improve design skills and to understand both the need and the techniques for inclusive IT design. From the basics...
  • Forum Thread: Free ZingZag Pro License available for all TSDigs participants

    Hi everyone-- We just got a nice offer from ZingZag, a tool for social media sharing, that I wanted to pass on to all of you. Best, Megan ZingZag! Pro - Rich Media Tool for the Social Web This is a simple yet powerful digital media mash-up tool. Creates portable rich media documents...
  • Forum Thread: How do you raise awareness about hard issues without overwhelming people?

    Many nonprofits are involved in work that addresses the hard issues of our society. How do you talk about the issues in a way that doesn't overwhelm people? I've seen two videos this week, through facebook sharing, that I thought did an amazing job of this. Third Level Crisis Intervention...
  • Forum Reply: Re: power of photos in story telling (& using two languages)

    Hi, Jane, Thanks for these examples. I enjoyed seeing them. Another organization that I think does an excellent job of using fun and interesting photos on facebook is BRING recycling . Their header is colorful, interesting and relevant (a fence made from recycled pipe). Just this week they published...
  • Forum Thread: Creating Infographics - some good resources for newbies and not-so-newbies

    I've been creating simple infographics just long enough to understand the challenges of them. A good infographic can't be beat for getting across your message via social media, but it is a lot harder to create a good one than you might think just by looking at a successful one. Having just...
  • Forum Thread: Webinar Discussion: Storytelling & Social Media: Podcasting

    This is the place to ask your follow-up questions to the "Storytelling & Social Media: Podcasts" webinar on January 28, 2009. View the recording here: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=1960d2f04kzx1 Have more podcasting questions? Ask them here and we'll help you...