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(English → Italiano) 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 → Italiano) 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 Securityaplr41c3dfb0mgvbcb9u8669rzznvfrvBreakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security">Breakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Securitylu3tgc8byq4vd530ujno48d0ute4yb3aBreakups are Hard: Departing Staff and Tech Security

(English → Italiano) View originalTranslators: Photo courtesy of zebedee.zebedeewtv3bmid6o1g895s0l6pbu37t9bly1fk 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 → Italiano) 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 → Italiano) 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.70qdwxk7wnbobxn2lvk441ezjawbch09 When it comes to email newsletters, skimmability […]

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(English → Italiano) 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 → Italiano) 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 → Italiano) View originalTranslators: Some Nonprofit Tech Discussion Listsr0kpitebr46ueyd4xvxfqzc51wvtqds8 NTEN Discussdip5w2jtx2clqu7x0v86z5ayg1x5s7rv NOSIy1u39b6u4ihu1p28lc0xptqrupzhu18j Riders Tech120jnltutgnmvlxkoca6xz62rc2axdpp Riders Talka6c5l4lk7atpsfse3kdr3uf0fiefwvkx Open Translation Toolsiao9jnvs35ga79n9ibhv9qoy3or2wwx5 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 Matrix8fsu96gj4nmwrlv7h1bws9iyw2n6obonKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix">Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrixmfkmukx3hlelvl4jq7wld2d7jy7bce0pKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix

(English → Italiano) 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 Practices8g91nm6j04qgxb0f9qcawge6a7jk4l82Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices">Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices7oya16qztcknaz9537jhqqek629d4oz1Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices

(English → Italiano) 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.xscj035aqlysn7sst506rrbpauv3hbp5 As part of that effort, I put together some […]

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