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 ]

Welcome to the Seattle Communities Online blog!

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Seattle Communities Online blog, part of the Department of Information Technology’s Tech Talk blog.  Here, you can find news, tips, and stories aimed at helping you connect with your neighborhood online. The Seattle Communities Online project was created in response to neighborhood… [ Keep reading ]