Net2 Think Tank Round-Up: Staying Up-To-Date Online

Amy Sample Ward
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There are so many ways that people post content online, and that people talk about the issues you and your organization are focused on (or even your organization's work specifically)!  But, how do you stay on top of it all?  And how do you do it while still having time to do the rest of your job! That was the topic of this month's Net2 Think Tank - and this is the round-up of all the great contributions to answer that question:

How do you stay up-to-date online?

This month, we have some great contributions to share!

There are so many ways that people post content online, and that people talk about the issues you and your organization are focused on (or even your organization's work specifically)!   But, how do you stay on top of it all?   And how do you do it while still having time to do the rest of your job! That was the topic of this month's Net2 Think Tank - and this is the round-up of all the great contributions to answer that question:

How do you stay up-to-date online?

This month, we have some great contributions to share!

Jayne Cravens explains that she, "I stay on top of my many favorite blogs, news sources, and people and organizational mentions in the news and online with the RSS reader provided in MyYahoo. I also have it configured to tell me when someone comments on one of my photos at Flickr."   She adds a bit of caution and common sense, too: technology tools do not create time. I MAKE time every day to read information and participate in discussions online regularly.

Read more about how Jayne stays on top of things and how she makes time to do it!

Steve Cunningham recommends using Google Reader for RSS, Tweetdeck for Twitter, and spreading the word personally.   Like Jayne, Steve points out that time is still a factor, even when you are doing all this to save yourself time! "There is so much opportunity in using social networks to grow your business or your Foundation.   The only truthful answer to "how do you find the time" is that you make the time."

Read more about how Steve uses these tools to stay on top of everything!

Dave Neff agrees that there's a ton to keep up with online. "So how do you monitor them? Here at the American Cancer Society High Plains we use a great iGoogle Dashboard (we got the idea from HSUS) that is modded up with all kinds of RSS feeds."   Lots of things have RSS feeds you can use to monitor, Dave even lists all the sources they use.

Read more about how Dave and the ACS High Plains listen online!

I (Amy Sample Ward) couldn't miss this great topic, so shared how you can set up a listening   dashboard for your organization.   In this how-to post, I covered how to find RSS feeds to follow, and how to set up your customized Netvibes dashboard.

Read more about how to set up your listening dashboard today!

That's it for the round-up, but if you have ideas on how individuals and organizations can stay up-to-date online, and you didn't get to share them here, leave a comment! We would love to hear even more ways you manage to listen and monitor.

About Net2 Think Tank:

Net2 Think Tank is a monthly blogging event open to anyone and is a great way to participate in an exchange of ideas.   We post a question or topic to the NetSquared community and participants submit responses either on their own blogs or on the NetSquared Community Blog.   Tag your post with "net2thinktank" and email a link to us to be included. At the end of the month, the entries get pulled together in the Net2 Think Tank Round-Up.