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  • How to Find Local People on Twitter

    Lori Halley 28 July 2009 1 comments
    It’s great to interact with others around the world in social networks — to learn what other organizations are doing, and to reap fresh ideas for your own nonprofit — but what a many small nonprofit often needs most is to connect with potential volunteers and supporters in your own community. Here are a few tools to help you find local Twitter users.
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  • What Have You Done for Me Lately? - Keeping Score in Social Media

    Lori Halley 25 July 2009 15 comments
    Do you ever feel pressured to friend someone on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, simply because they chose to friend or follow you? The expectation of reciprocity can turn a pleasant social media connection into an uncomfortable transaction - sometimes against your best interests.
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  • Do Hashtags Help a Twitter Topic Search?

    Lori Halley 23 July 2009 4 comments
    In a recent comment on An Introduction to Twitter Hashtags , Wild Apricot reader 88keyman came through with a really great question: Suppose I’m writing on a topic concerning Iran. If I include the hashtag #Iran, how does that differ from merely using...
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  • Is Someone Else Using Your Twitter Hashtag?

    Lori Halley 13 July 2009 6 comments
    An interesting question on Twitter hashtags came from one of our readers last week — "Our organization has been using a certain hashtag on Twitter. Now another organization has started to use the same hashtag. How can we handle that?"
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  • Best of Association Jam - Association Links for June 2009

    Lori Halley 02 July 2009 0 comments
    In the spirit of " 30 Great Links for Associations ," here are some of the most popular blog posts, articles, presentations, and other web resources submitted to AssociationJam.org in June 2009 — one hot link from each topic category: Membership ,...
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  • NonProfit Blog Carnival - NonProfit Technology Edition

    Lori Halley 30 June 2009 6 comments
    Welcome to the June 2009 edition of the NonProfit Blog Carnival, a monthly showcase of great blog posts for and about nonprofits. The 10 articles highlighted here were chosen to give a variety of viewpoints and usable information on Nonprofit Technology.
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  • What are Your Non-Profit's Goals for Social Media?

    Lori Halley 23 June 2009 3 comments
    For every hour your non-profit invests in social networking, an hour is lost to other projects that might further your cause more effectively. How can you know if social media is the best possible use of that time, unless you’ve first figured out what you want to achieve?
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  • Free Popcorn: a Case Study in Social Networking

    Lori Halley 13 June 2009 4 comments
    I just received a real-world lesson in social networking done right — and a free bag of popcorn — thanks to Love Your City, a community outreach program by churches across Canada. What does this have to do with using social media to recruit new members to your non-profit? There are a number of lessons here.
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  • New on Facebook: Usernames for Custom URLs

    Lori Halley 10 June 2009 7 comments
    Facebook has just announced that it will be offering custom usernames (“vanity URLs”) for Facebook Profiles and Pages, starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Custom usernames are a big deal for many Facebook members, who have long been...
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  • Should Your NonProfit Charge for Twitter Content?

    Lori Halley 08 June 2009 10 comments
    Super Chirp , a service that lets Twitter users earn money from private “premium tweets” to paying subscribers launched yesterday. At first glance, it's an interesting idea for non-profits with avid supporters who might be willing to “donate” for access...
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  • 30 Great Links for Associations

    Lori Halley 02 June 2009 3 comments
    We've rounded up 30 of the most useful and interesting stories filed at AssociationJam.org in the past month, just a sample of the resources for associations you’ll find at the portal site. It was quite a challenge to pick out just 3 links in each...
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  • Is Your Charity Tweeting for Twollars, er, Dollars?

    Lori Halley 29 May 2009 7 comments
    Twollars, the Twitter-based "currency of appreciation," stepped into the spotlight this week with a new site design, a write-up at Mashable, and even a mention in Business Week. CharityWater.org scored over $1,500 US from Twollars — but will those virtual micro-donations add up to real-world funds for other charities?
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  • SociafyQ - Free Social Media Tracking and Analytics

    Lori Halley 23 May 2009 4 comments
    By now, even your grandmother knows social media is hot, but what’s the ROI on that social networking? Even for nonprofits on a tight budget, there are plenty of good monitoring tools. But what if you could track stats for all your major networks - free - from your desktop or home page, without giving out your passwords? SociafyQ is designed to do just that.
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  • Social Media for Non-Profits: 26 Great Slideshare Presentations You Can Use

    Lori Halley 12 May 2009 20 comments
    Great new presentations on social media are coming out almost daily, and many are directed specifically to the needs of non-profits. But it can be time-consuming to search out those that are up-to-date, actionable, and appropriate to nonprofits. Here's a hand-picked selection of slideshow presentations to get you started.
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  • Is Blogging Right for Your Organization?

    Lori Halley 01 May 2009 2 comments
    Have you been wondering if your organization needs a blog? In this guest post, Michael Faye of AssociaDirect talks about how blogging can help you to connect more effectively with your community of members, and outlines 5 basic considerations in planning...
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