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  • How to Optimize Your Images for the Web

    Lori Halley 20 April 2010 0 comments
    After yesterday’s post about the importance of website speed to your nonprofit’s audience, to search engines (notably Google), and to the health of the Internet in general, several Wild Apricot readers came back with one big question: What can we do to make our website faster?
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  • Easy Collaboration Tool for Website Feedback

    Lori Halley 22 March 2010 2 comments
    If your organization is building a new website or revamping your existing site, you know that gathering feedback on design changes from your team can be a complicated process. Long meetings with a whiteboard; many emails of screen captures with attached...
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  • How To Find CC-Licensed Flickr Photos for Your Blog

    Lori Halley 18 March 2010 13 comments
    Suppose you’re writing about Earth Hour (this year it’s 8:30 – 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 27th). You want a picture that attracts the eye and helps your readers to see at a glance what your blog post is about — stars? candles? a city skyline before...
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  • 3 Good (Free) Online Image Editors

    Lori Halley 17 March 2010 8 comments
    If you don’t have mad PhotoShop skillz, if you don't want to install new software, or if all you need is a quick photo clean-up or fancy effect – here are three free online image editing tools you may want to give a try.
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  • Quotable Clips and Better SEO for YouTube Videos

    Lori Halley 11 March 2010 7 comments
    Video is hot with online audiences, but there’s one big problem for video producers: search engines just can’t deal with the "talkies": Images and audio are behind a glass wall when it comes to indexing for search results. And if your nonprofit is...
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  • HipChat Free for Nonprofits, Small Groups

    Lori Halley 05 March 2010 3 comments
    Hipchat is a new all-in-one chat application that’s specifically designed for group collaboration — free for nonprofits and for very small groups. A desktop client that runs on Adobe Air, HipChat is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is similar...
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  • Fast Free Document Sharing and Review

    Lori Halley 02 March 2010 4 comments
    Do we really need another free online document-collaboration tool? Very possibly, yes — if it’s lightweight, easy for non-techies to use, designed specifically for reviewer annotation, and allows an unlimited number of users to give feedback on a document.
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  • Twitter Maps to Promote Your Events

    Lori Halley 09 February 2010 5 comments
    Do you use Twitter to remind your members of a meeting or fundraising event? Here's a free tool that easily creates a special map to go with your tweet, so people will be sure to find your event. Twitter users can even RSVP or add a comment, if you choose to allow those options.
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  • Lovely Charts

    Lori Halley 20 January 2010 4 comments
    If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your organization’s reports, newsletters, web pages and other publications, what about a chart? Not just the usual boxes and arrows with plain-Jane text labels, but something more of an eye-catching illustration: a lovely chart!
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  • Nonprofit Newsletter: Free Tools to Create and Merge PDFs

    Lori Halley 18 January 2010 10 comments
    One small nonprofit I work with has chosen to publish its monthly membership newsletter as a magazine-style document in Portable Document Format (PDF), rather than as an email blast. The idea is to take advantage of a PDF’s ability to retain a consistent...
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  • No Time to Blog for Your Nonprofit? Phone it in!

    Lori Halley 21 December 2009 6 comments
    Do you get some of your best blog ideas when you’re away from your computer? Try audio blogging: Speak your piece, grab a quick interview, or capture the vibes of a live event with your mobile phone - then quickly post the audio online to share with your organization's members and supporters.
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  • What Do Twitter Lists Say About Your Brand?

    Lori Halley 28 November 2009 1 comments
    How do other people see you and your organization? MustExist’s free List Tags tool generates a word-cloud picture of how others view your brand, based on the names of the Twitter lists you’ve been added to by other Twitter users.
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  • How to Find (and Map) Local People on Twitter

    Lori Halley 24 October 2009 3 comments
    In June 2009, Nielsen reported nearly 21 million unique visitors to Twitter.com. How can a small nonprofit organization, with limited time and resources for social media, find the right people to connect with in that microblogging crowd? Try your TPS...
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  • Saved by a Free Anti-Malware Tool

    Lori Halley 21 October 2009 7 comments
    One click on an innocent-looking email attachment — and as quickly and easily as that, our home-office network was infected with a nasty Trojan. It could have been an expensive disaster, but a great free anti-malware tool made it easy to remove the malicious software myself, without tech support, before any harm was done.
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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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