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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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  • Wild Apricot News: Customization Forum: Learn and Share Wild Apricot Tips and Design Ideas with the Community

    Lori Halley 03 February 2010 0 comments
    We take great pride in the fact that Wild Apricot can do a lot of terrific things "out of the box." With our easy website builder , you can customize the look and feel of your membership site with about the same amount of effort that it takes to create...
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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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  • What Can StreamGraphs Tell You About Your Nonprofit's Twitter Strategy?

    Lori Halley 13 December 2009 6 comments
    Twitter StreamGraphs is a Java-based visualization tool that gives you a colorful overview of the last 1000 tweets that come up in a search for any keyword, username, or list on Twitter. Pretty, yes, but is it truly useful for nonprofit organizations looking to improve their Twitter strategy?
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  • Twitter Lists 101

    Lori Halley 16 October 2009 18 comments
    Okay, yes, Twitter did ask its beta testers not to tweet about the new Lists feature just yet... but who really expects to keep a secret on Twitter? The news is already widespread online - so let's go ahead and take a look at Twitter Lists, how they work, and what they can do for you.
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  • New in Google Docs: Shared Folders

    Lori Halley 13 October 2009 5 comments
    Two new updates for Google Docs make this very simple and free collaboration tool even more useful for a board or committee at any small non-profit — shared folders, and the ability to upload multiple files at one time.
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  • Why and How to Preview Shortened Links

    Lori Halley 07 October 2009 4 comments
    Link-shortening services are more widely used every day, and very useful to turn a very long website address into a tiny URL that’s a better fit for social media, email, and mobile use — but shortened links can also hide a security risk. Stay safe by knowing how to preview a shortened link's destination before you click through to a bad web page.
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  • How Accessible is Your Blog?

    Lori Halley 30 September 2009 1 comments
    Making your blog or website more “accessible” can seem like a big job, but you don’t have to be an IT expert or do a website redesign to make a big difference. Accessibility is not an absolute but a continuum, says Glenda Watson Hyatt, and a few simple changes will allow more people to engage with your web content, regardless of their personal capabilities or the technology they’re using.
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  • 100 Online Tools for Non-Profits

    Lori Halley 05 August 2009 39 comments
    Tight in the budget and short on staff, non-profits are always on the lookout for new ways to get things done — and the Internet is a real treasure trove of useful tools. Here are 100 different applications to help you out with a variety of tasks from project tracking and collaboration to donor and membership management, and from building your non-profit website to tracking its effectiveness.
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  • GMail Tasks are Integrated with Google Calendar

    Lori Halley 21 July 2009 0 comments
    You may have noticed a new link in the left sidebar of your Gmail account recently. Tasks is a relatively new-from-GMail-Labs feature that pulls together Gmail and Google Calendar to help you create and manage “to do” lists. This isn’t a tool for the...
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  • Should Websites Show Your Passwords in Plain Text?

    Lori Halley 28 June 2009 4 comments
    You know how, when you type your password into a website form, it shows a line of asterisks or bullets instead of the characters you’re typing? Usability expert Jakob Nielsen says it’s time to stop masking passwords, and show them on screen in plain text.
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  • Portable Apps: Free Software on a (USB) Stick

    Lori Halley 25 June 2009 3 comments
    If you work at times on different computers, carrying a USB loaded with free portable software can save you time and help to ensure security - there's no need to download and install the software you need or to risk your data on someone else’s hard drive.
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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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  • New Guide Helps Non-Profits Choose Donor Management System

    Lori Halley 04 May 2009 1 comments
    If your organization is in the market for new donor management or fundraising software, Idealware has just released a new (free) research report you may want to check out: The Consumer’s Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems is an impressive 48-page document that compares the specific features of 33 different donor management systems
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  • Free SEO Helper Tool for Non-Profits

    Lori Halley 16 April 2009 7 comments
    So you want your non-profit website to do better in the search engines, so people can find you more easily — but there's no budget to hire an SEO consultant to make it happen? Not sure how to go about doing it yourself? This may help: LotusJump , a...
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