Accessibility tool for Twitter

As we work with communities to expand their social networks, we’re often asked the question about resources for people living with disabilities.  One tool I’ve found is Qwitter – what is Qwitter??  Qwitter is an accessible Twitter client designed for access by the blind, providing an innovative integration between Twitter… [ Keep reading ]

Social networks taking over email?

When it comes to online communications, social networking has huge communities of people sharing information with each other. And its rise comes as people question email’s effectiveness—are social networks replacing email as a communications channel? In short, no. But that doesn’t mean social networking is an insignificant trend.  Check out… [ Keep reading ]

A Louisiana take on broadband

Interested in fiber broadband? So is Lafayette LA.

Neighborhood group web tool survey

If you participate in a neighborhood or community group, I’d sincerely appreciate it if you take a few minutes to fill out a short, 6-question online survey about your web tool use.  As a Masters of Public Administration student at the University of Washington, I’m in the process completing my… [ Keep reading ]

Rainier Beach uses Word Press & translator

The Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, located in the 98118 zip code (the most diverse in the nation)  is using what I think is a well organized Word Press template and content arrangement. Good job!…and what do others think? They are also using a widget of the Google translator. Not… [ Keep reading ]

Twitter to use “Promotional Tweets” as paid advertising.

According to this New York Times article by Claire Cain Miller, Twitter has a plan for “Promoted Tweets,” which will pop up when a user does a keyword search: The ads will let businesses insert themselves into the stream of real-time conversation on Twitter to ensure their posts do not… [ Keep reading ]

Designing your site for diversity: Colors

As you design your community online, consider asking your intended audience about colors and their culture. White is color of sadness in some countries. Green is taken in Western society to mean environmental consciousness. In China, a green hat could imply that a man’s wife is cheating on him. A… [ Keep reading ]

Have you tried Storytelling?

Remember the saying that “a picture tells a thousand words?”  Well, the same goes for using stories to let others know what your group is accomplishing.  One of my takeaways at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (10NTC) was a session on how to better use your website (or blog) to tell… [ Keep reading ]

“Brandraising” to increase your visibility

Every nonprofit organization faces the same core challenge: how to demonstrate their value and win support with limited staff, budget, and communications experience.  I attended an excellent session on Brandraising at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (10NTC) last week, where Sarah Durham shared their expertise for increasing your visibility using technology and… [ Keep reading ]

Idealware wants to know how you’re using social media.

Idealware, an organization helping nonprofits make smart software decisions, wants to know how you’re using social media. Do you work or volunteer for a nonprofit organization?  Take a few minutes to fill out their online survey.  Idealware will use your answers to help all nonprofits use social media more effectively! … [ Keep reading ]