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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Recently, we had a conversation with an organization who was getting pressure to use a closed tool called Jimdo rather than the open-source tool, WordPress for their web site. Jimdo seemed easier and quicker and they wanted to know what we thought about it. Here’s a couple points that we […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: One of the best ways to take advantage of social networks is to realize that they work just like in-person social networks. Well. Maybe not JUST like in-person social networks. There isn’t much handshaking going on, but the underlying strategies and mutual back-scratching of in-person relationships and network-building are still […]

Breakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security88d0q8c29yb4b93jvoay70g06gm1mofkBreakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security">Breakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Securitymp5atmtmmw3bg9uv4cd5tccsbu7pa9anBreakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security

(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Photo courtesy of zebedee.zebedeen3lijh2jpn36wu7k695zhfwz0a9psju6 Ending any relationship is hard. Creating a standard set of processes can ease the pain of the schism. When a marriage ends, there are legal filings, transfer and division of property and the surrendering of keys and changing of locks to ensure security. When an employee […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: One of the best practices often overlooked by many “I’m spinning too many plates on long skinny poles” nonprofits is calendaring out the messaging your organization is going to send ahead of time. Akin to flossing, calendaring your messaging ahead of time is something that organizations think that they should […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: The first rule of email messaging as an organization is that no one reads emails. People skim emails. Making your email blasts as skimmable as possible is the best way to get your point across to the people you are trying to reach.thumcuww7t0ug1lpphstgc0f55v6nuc6 When it comes to email newsletters, skimmability […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Recently one of the organizations that we work with had their account suspended on Twitter. The situation looked something like this. The organization started tweeting about a video/petition. No biggie, right? Well, they started to tweet at people (putting the @username at the beginning of the tweet). A lot. And […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: There have been some great questions around email communications submitted and answered on our sister (beta) site Answr and I wanted to throw up (?) a quick blog post to highlight a few of them. Answr is a site dedicated to questions and answers around nonprofit online communications (focusing mainly […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Some Nonprofit Tech Discussion Listsgbbw2nivbnkxu6splzqjkwpcxvi2iilo NTEN Discusse8rnd4ioborc245zd9pgvvc0k0ak6n6b NOSIk0tkkk83xvy335z6i1l7cyfg6lhikyiu Riders Techam5o0libt83o0zc1ea6s0coedsunjhvk Riders Talkj8zsymai7kq9xtpwtzrvn6etifprih7r Open Translation Toolsm85qtvf1eieir6k7eh2mddumx3r33t7f Email discussion lists or listservs (name comes from a specific piece of software called LISTSERV), while increasingly overshadowed by social networks, can still be a great way for a like-minded community to carry conversations and […]

Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrixqpqnj0a2saphj22oyoi05bg1z8n8b9zrKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix">Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix460xmfrm69h6o2c08umq9ncbnn8x0wvvKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix

(English → Español) View originalTranslators: We, like a lot of other people, love using a “listening dashboard” like Netvibes to listen to the social web. It’s free, pretty easy to put together and it does all the work for you of tracking down when your name or organization has been mentioned online. Fun stuff. The […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: We spend a lot of time here at Aspiration and here on the SSC Blog talking about online communications best practices, trying to help nonprofits and social justice organizations find ways to use technology cheaper and more effectively for their missions.vt34wru9t31febiw7o5rr1ilgzzar0kc As part of that effort, I put together some […]

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