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(English → Français) 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 → Français) 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 Security0n7lfylloh304z8urtpehcblaarg8f9zBreakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security">Breakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security5hlidsbr54w12lzlw1pf9a54x6t1m7wiBreakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security

(English → Français) View originalTranslators: Photo courtesy of zebedee.zebedeeki2yau70kgaxj41wvb09cl4f5lysz2ka 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 […]

A Template for Calendaring Your Messagingn21ofxn04ga4hrwos4oce2q8a9ky6bqkA Template for Calendaring Your Messaging">A Template for Calendaring Your Messagingsvflw9cnl3lnyd5yfcovoij9f5l1lkv3A Template for Calendaring Your Messaging

(English → Français) 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 → Français) 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.1kejrx654zlqclivzo07ujlzeskrrvui When it comes to email newsletters, skimmability […]

Are You a Twitter Spammer?gva7z569pc0palgamkq4qm4fdg7ty204Are You a Twitter Spammer?">Are You a Twitter Spammer?uukhlk5bka9efl7lwqtbtfho1ua046woAre You a Twitter Spammer?

(English → Français) 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 → Français) 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 […]

How to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaboration5b8xpf9dm1lngcssaevv4mva2xz2ptxkHow to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaboration">How to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaborationeps1712ps2dzhejk8b57aqxefs9fgpwkHow to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaboration

(English → Français) View originalTranslators: Some Nonprofit Tech Discussion Listso0itwnoxx4cm2bbx3sfr2z2ywhcb1n6g NTEN Discussf4ufu6gmbgzphm5rzi0bpcadk46fin0n NOSIxwlxx90rl54hlujpj7q38l43scm6b2nz Riders Techyoue0u2wvcr88lf4kwfv8uhsz2kemyra Riders Talke4s5bt2pdcfngiaeuows1cmy46cfalde Open Translation Tools7z192jft6h4820mnb73vfmz0itc6k2lh 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 Matrixsjcu6xzf1yqgzax6ach0ufthk7kg6proKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix">Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix8rjlkijdt5imtx5e3a6o66tcx19p4qg3Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix

(English → Français) 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 […]

Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practicesf4ye9p73ylje8jjbzcvtmibhy9wjt3iyTools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices">Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practicesb3q6v3ona1b3djan9ihi7up83oz706d1Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices

(English → Français) 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.cbyajhpsnj00ydxxekgu078z1riymyzp As part of that effort, I put together some […]

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