Monthly Archives: October 2008

OpenID

Hate all those passwords? Repulsed by the ubiquitous ‘Welcome to our website…now please log in.’ message?

OpenID is a uniform password.
And there’s tools out there to track all your passwords.

Get an OpenID (be sure to save it someplace!) and then you’ll be able to use it at any site that allows OpenID (usually signified by a logo or alternate login).

If you want to track all of your passwords online, search for ‘track passwords’ to see all of your options, or just visit this site.

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Twitter!

Rack another point up in the ‘converted skeptic’ column…in under 5 minutes, I’ve found Metro Volunteers’ Twitter link–that’s who originally convinced me to try this tool out, signed up for a Twitter account, added some things to my profile, and before I was done searching for ‘people to follow’*–I had two ‘followers’ of my own!


*Okay, what’s that and why would I want it?
Officially, Twitter’s a ‘micro-blogging’ site. In plain English, it’s a way to see messages about what people are up to–at your Twitter page, or via text message on your cell phone. Why in the world would you want to do that?!

I’m opening my mind to the applications–finding people in your city or with your non-profits’ same interest, marketing a ‘drive’ or event or a new social networking tool–you can send a short message with a weblink to your ‘followers’. I’d be interested to know any specific uses you’ve found or can think of.

Followers can be people you invite, or, as in my case above, people you don’t know who share an interest or location. I picked Metro Volunteers & 17 other Twitterers to follow, and we’ll see what happens; follow my work with Hostelling International on Twitter. Oh, and I’m trying it out first by following them online; if it’s not too overwhelming, I have the option to switch to text messages via cellphone.

If you’re into this, there’s also Pownce.

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Web 2.0 for Volunteer Management

Here’s an article on Enhancing Your Youth Program With Web 2.0 Tools, which is really a basic overview of 2.0 tools for your non-profit. There’s a bibilography of links to the tools and other info on virtual volunteering.

This is Susan Ellis’ Energize, Inc. (volunteer management guru) ‘bible’ to virtual volunteering.

Get informed, get connected: Idealist links articles and ways to learn & connect around volunteer management in general.

Watch tutorials or attend webinars on using online marketing from ConstantContact

View my presentation to AmeriCorps Alums on diving into this whole social networking world with an eye towards connecting with potential volunteers.

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Facebook for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot blogs about nonprofits setting up Facebook for the first time.

DIOSA also blogs about MySpace 101.

FYI, there are groups, fan pages and causes at Facebook. The current recommendation I’m hearing is to set up a group. Fan pages might have more functionality, and causes are tailored to nonprofits, but Facebook users are more attuned to using the popular ‘groups’ application so it probably makes sense to start there–you can set up a group under your own profile.

UPDATE: Now (1/09) the trend is towards Fan Pages. Facebook tells how to convert from a group to a page. There’s a 1200-member limit on groups, pages can be found via internet search by those NOT on FB, and there’s messaging capability at Fan Pages–although Groups allow you to send invites to your friends. Still, I’m seeing ‘Can’t decide? Use both!” Here’s a comparison from a business article.

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