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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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  • Campaign Maps: How 3 Nonprofit Organizations use Online Maps to Send a Message

    Lori Halley 01 April 2008 7 comments
    Maps have come a long way from the traditional classroom wall map that many of us grew up with. Online, maps have taken on added dimension with multimedia mashups and a new level of interaction: the information they can deliver goes far beyond topographical features and geo-political boundaries. Here are three maps from three different nonprofit websites: all deal in some way with food sources, but each sends its message in a very different way.
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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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  • Wild Apricot Updates and Plans

    Lori Halley 26 March 2008 13 comments
    The spring is here. (Kinda of - Toronto is still very cold with piles of snow on the streets!) We did some spring cleaning for our March 6th update: Making it easier/more straightforward to handle exceptional situations - like manual entry of transactions...
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  • Recruit New Volunteers Online and Celebrate Volunteer Week 2008

    Lori Halley 25 March 2008 0 comments
    April 27 - May 3, 2008 is National Volunteer Week in both Canada and the United States. The heightened awareness of volunteerism that goes along with such a campaign offers a golden opportunity to celebrate your existing volunteers — and to recruit new volunteers to your organization. Here are a few ideas of how your nonprofit might use the internet to take full advantage of Volunteer Week — and we'd love to hear your ideas, too!
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  • Non-profit Web 2.0 Survey

    Lori Halley 19 March 2008 0 comments
    If you work with a nonprofit and use Web 2.0 technologies in your work, or to benefit your organization in some way, Dave Crusoe wants to hear about your experience. As a follow-up to questions posted to several major discussion lists, he's posted...
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  • Google Portal for Non-Profits Launched

    Lori Halley 18 March 2008 4 comments
    Billed as a "a one-stop shop for tools to help advance your organization's mission in a smart, cost-efficient way," the newly launched Google for Non-Profits portal offers quick links to the most commonly used tools in the Google suite of services. It also highlights some cost-saving benefits that are available only to nonprofits.
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  • LOLseals taps Pop Culture Trends and Web 2.0 Tools

    Lori Halley 17 March 2008 2 comments
    For an example of how simple web tools and social networking sites can be used to raise awareness of a nonprofit's cause, LOLseals is worth a close look. It's a new photo caption contest from the Humane Society of the United States, blending pop culture trends and web 2.0 tools in a low-cost campaign that practically begs to go viral.
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  • Web 2.0 Expo Seeks 10 Innovative Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 10 March 2008 0 comments
    CMP Technology and O'Reilly Media are looking for ten innovative charitable and activist organizations to invite to the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco in April 2008.
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  • Social Tech Training offers 3-day Web 2.0 Bootcamp

    Lori Halley 07 March 2008 0 comments
    Mark your calendars for Social Tech Training (STT), a partnership of Web of Change and the MaRS non-profit innovation centre, coming 22-24 June 2008 to Toronto. In this comprehensive 3-day "web 2.0 bootcamp," participants from across North America...
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  • Flickr Gives 10,000 Pro Accounts to Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 05 March 2008 3 comments
    If cost has been one of the barriers to using Flickr in your nonprofit's outreach efforts, this may tip the balance. The photo-sharing service announced today that it has teamed up with TechSoup, in a new program called Flickr for Good, to give away 10,000 one-year Flickr Pro accounts to nonprofits and public libraries.
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  • NetSquared Mashup Challenge Helps Nonprofits to Create New Tools for Change

    Lori Halley 29 February 2008 3 comments
    Do you have an idea for a mashup? Can you imagine a way to combine data from more than one source to make a web tool that can help nonprofits change the world? The NetSquared Mashup Challenge may be for you. You don't need to have the tech skills — just a great idea.
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  • Wild Apricot Updates and Roadmap

    Lori Halley 26 February 2008 2 comments
    Another month - more exciting updates about Wild Apricot integrated website and membership management software. We appreciate ongoing comments and suggestions - and Wild Apricot keeps evolving to address your feedback. Our early February release included:...
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  • Seesmic: where YouTube meets Twitter

    Lori Halley 01 February 2008 7 comments
    A new video-based social media startup has appeared on the Web 2.0 horizon, and some heavy-hitters in the web tech world are wagering their investments that Seesmic could be the Next Big Thing. Seesmic is best described as a sort of "video Twitter"...
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  • AddThis for Simple Social Bookmarking

    Lori Halley 31 January 2008 12 comments
    One of the best things you can do for your readers (and for your blog) is to make it as easy as possible for people to share your content with interested others. You may have noticed the Bookmark button on each post pages of the Wild Apricot Blog?...
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