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What Would YOUR TechFinder Look Like?

As TechSoup Global retires TechFinder.org, Aspiration is delighted to be working with them to transition the TechFinder data to a new home, and excited to hear from you about what is most needed in terms of a resource directory for nonprofit technology services. As our good readers (hopefully) know, Social Source Commons and Answr platforms […]

Twitter Policy Head-Scratchers

There are many questions to ask yourself when putting together a policy for your organization’s Twitter account and Aspiration and Social Source Commons are asking them. Because of the casual, disposable nature of Twitter’s medium, organizations may think that they don’t have to pay as strict attention to it as an online communications channel. However, […]

Tools for Social Change

Aspiration (mama org to Social Source Commons) is spending the week here in Detroit, MI for the 2010 United States Social Forum. USSF is a gathering place for activists, non-profits and people concerned with social justice and inequality in society. There’s an incredible number of people here (~20,000) and Aspiration is working with the Tor […]

Building a Social Media Dashboard with Netvibes

With all of this talk about Social Media Dashboards, I thought I would condense Aspiration‘s Building Your Own Social Media Dashboard slide deck into a blog post to show you how easy it is to start monitoring social media outlets for what you care about. What the hoozeewhatsit is a “Dashboard”, anyway? A dashboard is […]

A Toolbox of Free and Open Source Web Design Apps

Embedded below is a toolbox that I put together on Social Source Commons of tools that I use when working on websites that Aspiration manages (Aspiration, Social Source Commons, SSC Blog & Answr). I wanted to show you how easy it is to create a narrative with a toolbox. First Sign In, then go to […]

Netvibes Introduces Instant Social Media Dashboards

As you may know, we here at Social Source Commons and Aspiration are big proponents of putting together a Social Media Dashboard to monitor what people are saying about you online. The basic idea was that social media sites post RSS feeds for searches. This means that you can search for a term like your […]

A Quick Note on Cross-Posting on Facebook Fan Pages

Many organizations use Facebook as their primary social network (as opposed to Twitter, LinkedIn or MySpace). We have a Facebook page for both Social Source Commons and Aspiration on which we periodically update our statuses in addition to the resources that we push out through our Twitter page. One feature that I don’t think many […]

Mozilla’s Jetpack for Learning Design Camp

Design Camp for Mozilla Jetpack This week, I’m in beautiful Austin, Texas with BBQ, cowboy hats and more live music than you can shake a stick at. Aspiration is here co-organizing Mozilla‘s Jetpack for Learning Design Camp, an event bringing together finalists who have developed open education-related add-ons for Firefox using Mozilla’s new “Jetpack” framework. […]

Facebook Causes Drama

I recently set up a Facebook Cause for Aspiration, the mama org of Social Source Commons. It was simple and in only a few minutes I had created an Aspiration Cause that I could use to find supporters and receive donations. My motivation wasn’t to start the grand “Help Aspiration Save the World!” fundraising campaign […]

Photos for Nonprofits

Talking to a small nonprofit looking to get started on Social Media recently, the executive director told me that she’s trying her hardest to get comfortable with Flickr because she knew that it was the place for photos and social networking. Immediately, I thought to myself: “Wait. Is it?” It seems that more and more […]

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