Archive for the ‘Social Media’ Category

The Global Good is Catching On

Today, September 24, the UN Foundation launched the Global Good Challenge. The challenge provides incentive, the chance to win prizes, to use social media to support and raise awareness of selected UN Foundation’s causes. (Note: Great name! But there is no affiliation between the challenge and TGG.)

Please, take a moment to sign on. By “playing” you are donating your voice for the global good. Causes include: Nothing But Nets, to fight malaria; Girl Up for the empowerment of girls; and Shot@life to provide vaccination protecting children from preventable diseases.

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Social Media for Social Good Directory

CHA-CHING!!  I just came across the extensive list of resources on Social Media for Social Good compiled by Socialbrite.org and DoSomething.org.

I also recommend Socialbrite’s Sharing Center, “a free learning center for nonprofits and changemakers”.

Do you have a great resource on social media for good? Share it here!

Twitter is the new SMS is the new e-mail

Whether you’re a novice or an old salt, online branding and social media tools are constantly changing. It’s daily process and a challenge to keep up with!

It’s good to go back to the basics as things evolve– as with Facebook’s timeline, for example. For a nice introduction to the social media landscape, click on the image to the left. I’m sharing a handful or two of links to tips below.(Maybe it’s just me, but I hate the FB timeline.)

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Don’t you just love a (global) good list?

I know I love a good list. And it’s nice to share the love (of a good list, in this case) on Valentine’s Day.

Check out Social Velocity’s A Monster List of Social Innovation Books, Blogs, Conferences, Funders.

I’m sure I’ll be using the same list to find more things to blog about here.  For example, I just found on the list Beth Kanter’s blog on How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media. In fact, I’m subscribing to the RSS right now!

What are some of your favorite lists of resources, blogs, or other information sources online?

Tell Me a Story

It makes sense. When you can identify with one person and her story, you are much more likely to help her.

Stories work. A story grabs my attention and lets me know what, say, Maude needs and what my money does to help her.

Check out this blog on: The Power of Stories in Social Change

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Twittering for Good

Check out CGAP’s latest on the power of Twitter to “change the world with 140 characters”:

http://microfinance.cgap.org/2012/01/30/changing-the-world-with-140-characters/

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A whole lot of people are giving online.

What a difference a decade makes! Network for Good released a survey results tracking the growth of online giving. Here are two impressive data points:

  • Only 4% of donors gave online in 2000.  In 2011, that figure was 65%.
  • A mere $3 million dollars in online donations in 2000 had grown to $140 million in 2011.

Have you donated money online? Do you prefer to donate online or by some other means?

Click below to see the image re-published by The Chronicle for Social Philanthropy.

The Impact of Social Media

Check out this video on TED.com. It is not that social media can change the world. It already has in profound ways.

How Social Media Can Make History

Remember when it was cool to have a cordless phone? Have things changed!

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