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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 5 Quick Free Ways to Set Up Your Own Chat Room

    Lori Halley 26 May 2009 1 comments
    For quick consultations with colleagues, or staying in touch with your contacts, free instant messaging (IM) services like Google Chat, Skype, AIM, and many others will fit the bill. But if you need a user-friendly way to interact directly with those...
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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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  • PR Works Podcast: How Non-Profits Use Social Media

    Lori Halley 27 April 2009 2 comments
    I’ve just been listening to a podcast of Lee Weinstein’s conversation with public relations consultant Donna Gibbs on how non-profits are successfully using social media right now, where Gibbs shines a light on the social media marketing activities...
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  • Associations and Non-Profits Share Knowledge at AssociationJam.org

    Lori Halley 23 April 2009 0 comments
    There’s an incredible wealth of information online for member-driven associations and donor-dependent non-profits, but sorting through it all can be quite daunting. That’s where AssociationJam.org comes in — a new way for managers and staff, consultants, volunteers and board members to share their best information and learn from one another.
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  • Social Media for Non-Profits - Workshop slides

    Dmitriy Buterin 07 April 2009 7 comments
    Here are the slides from my Mesh workshop - Social Media for Non-profits. Great opportunity? Colossal waste of time? The answer is YES. Social Media for Non-Profits Workshop View more presentations from Wild Apricot .
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