Stop me if I’m wrong: there’s a lot of junk on your computer.
Hey, look at that. Nobody stopped me.
It’s awfully easy to accumulate so much stuff on your computer that you can’t find the useful stuff mixed in with all the cruft.
And oh, the cruft. It saps our time and sucks our souls. But a few well-chosen tools can make a big difference.
“Google Voice for Nonprofits” isn’t a new Google offering intended for nonprofit organizations. It’s a question.
Is Google Voice right for nonprofits?
As with any worthwhile question, the answer is “it depends”: on the organization’s size, its culture, its work needs, and plenty of other things. This article takes a look at some issues to weigh in considering Google Voice for professional use. Read more…
Virus prevention is a little like dental cleanings.
Maybe you put it off longer than you should, even though deep down you know that’s a mistake. Then when something finally goes really, painfully wrong you smack yourself in the head for not taking care of it sooner.
I’ll try to make this as painless as possible.
You need to share files. Whether it’s with friends, clients, partners, or coworkers, there’s some file you need them to see, and vice-versa.
My last two posts drew a distinction between whether you’re file-sharing for publication or for collaboration (How to Share Files — Part 1: Overview), and then explored some options for the publication-based options (How to Share Files — Part 2: Publication Tools). Read more…
Over the last few months I’ve answered a lot of questions about online file-sharing.
“Should I upload my files to my own website or put them on a file-sharing service?”
“How can I make a PDF available on my blog?”
This quick tip is for a very specific situation, but I want to make it available since lengthy Googling didn’t turn up an answer for me. I had to solve it the hard way: by actually paying attention. I’m not used to doing that. Google has made me weak. Read more…
RSS is a great way to easily follow a lot of websites. This article isn’t an introduction to RSS—that’ll have to wait for another time—but if you’re new to RSS or just a little hazy on the details, I highly recommend you watch the 3-minute video RSS in Plain English.
Even though RSS is awfully convenient, eventually even the convenience of having your favorite sites condensed into one place can get overwhelming. Read more…
When creating a Facebook presence for your nonprofit, you need to decide which kind of presence to use.
In addition to creating a Facebook Cause—which you should consider as a supporting service rather than a primary presence—you really have three options: a Profile, a Group, or a Page.
Profiles are intended for individuals; Pages are intended for brands and organizations; and Groups are generally more informal, may give you less control, and (not coincidentally) seem more prone to going viral. Read more…
This week I’m giving a presentation on social media to the Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Service (DCAVS).
In a 75 minute talk (including discussion) I’ll only be able to scratch the surface of this enormous topic, so I’m providing them with additional resources to help with later planning and learning. I thought I’d post the resource list here for anyone else who’d find it useful.