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  • Monitor the Web in Real Time: Instant Dashboards

    Lori Halley 16 April 2010 3 comments
    You've got bookmarks for websites you need to check daily, online tools, news alerts for tracking your nonprofit's keywords and issues, email, social networks, RSS feeds for favorite blogs… It's all too easy to miss vital information, or to waste a great deal of time checking for updates. Now imagine one custom site that lets you monitor all that data at a glance – a dashboard that's updated in real time.
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  • No RSS Feed for Your Website? No Problem

    Lori Halley 26 January 2010 12 comments
    Google Reader has announced a new feature that lets users create an RSS feed to track changes to any web page, even if the site doesn’t publish a feed. It’s great new feature for your website visitors who use Google Reader, but what about people who use a different feedreader or like to get updates by email? You can help those people get automatic notifications of your website changes, too.
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Website Mobile-Friendly?

    Lori Halley 07 January 2010 4 comments
    Have you noticed there's one prediction that turns up consistently at the top of every list of "Top 10 Trends for 2010"? Welcome to the decade of the Mobile Internet. Is your nonprofit blog or website ready for readers who do their web surfing by phone?
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  • FeedBurner Gets Social

    Lori Halley 16 December 2009 4 comments
    Google has just added two new features to help you take advantage of social media: a URL-shortening service and the ability to feed your blog posts automatically to your Twitter account from FeedBurner.
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  • Multiple RSS Feeds on Multiple Facebook Pages

    Lori Halley 25 September 2009 2 comments
    We’ve talked recently about how to publish your Twitter updates to Facebook Page or personal Profile page. Now here’s a new Facebook application that can take your RSS-to-Facebook to a whole new level. Do you want to post the content from several different...
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  • Twitter Replies by Email - Alternatives to TwitApps

    Lori Halley 16 September 2009 6 comments
    What do you do when a favorite web application goes away? That’s what some 4000 users of TwitApps are wondering, now that the Twitter-to-email tool is being dropped by its developer. Sure, the code is going open source — inevitably, a new tool will...
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  • Topic-Based RSS Search LazyFeed Opens to the Public

    Lori Halley 26 August 2009 2 comments
    LazyFeed is a new RSS feed engine based on topics, not sources or individuals, that offers a new way to find information online blogs, news services, podcasts, social media updates, and so on — content from any site that publishes an RSS feed. The...
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  • Roll Your Own RSS Feed Digest Widget

    Lori Halley 12 March 2009 12 comments
    There are many ways to publish any RSS feed on your own website — Feedburner’s BuzzBoost feature, and Widgetbox, for example, among a host of other methods including a Google Docs trick — but lately I’ve been using a free service called Feed Informer, for several reasons.
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  • How to Make Your Own Custom News Page

    Lori Halley 29 July 2008 5 comments
    RSS is a very powerful technology , useful for anyone to gather and digest many information sources in one place — and even more useful for nonprofits to get their information out to their members and supporters. If you were to put all of your most...
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  • Easy RSS Updates with PingShot

    Lori Halley 19 June 2008 1 comments
    Most of the search engines and web-based feed reading services will check for updates to your blog from time to time, but what if you have breaking news that you want to get out fast? You can notify ("ping") each feed reading service separately whenever...
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  • Get Started with FeedBurner

    Lori Halley 07 April 2008 13 comments
    If your nonprofit website includes an RSS feed, are you making the most of that technology? A free online service called FeedBurner turns your blog's RSS feed into a browser-friendly page that makes it easy for readers to subscribe to your blog updates. But that's just the beginning of what FeedBurner can do for you --
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  • Get Started with RSS Feeds and Feed Readers

    Lori Halley 28 March 2008 12 comments
    RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication, an internet standard for publishing updates to web-based content. You may hear it called web feeds, XML feeds, RSS channels, subscriptions, syndicated content -- by any name, it's all RSS -- and one of the most useful bits of internet technology to come along. What can RSS do for you?
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  • Case Study : How to Reach New Constituents, Build Relationships and Drive Actions

    Lori Halley 18 December 2007 1 comments
    For this month's case study, we caught up with Curtis Brown from Mission Movers Group for an interview about using email and web 2.0 to reach new constituents and building relationships. As President of Mission Movers, Curtis works with clients across...
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  • Top 10 RSS Feed Readers

    Lori Halley 24 October 2007 0 comments
    iGoogle is a start page tool where you can aggregate all the Google resources you use on your online desktop, eg gMail, Google Calendar. I personally love my igoogle. It allows me to customize my RSS feeds by allowing me to develop tabs per subject....
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  • Nonprofits should take advantage of RSS

    Lori Halley 25 April 2007 7 comments
    One of my favorite things about Web 2.0 tools is that they help me make sense of the enormous amount of information, blogs and news available on the web. Instead of going to 10 or 20 websites and typing their addresses or even going through my bookmarks,...
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