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Want a GUI for

Try Delicious Director... its a full AJAX GUI that operates right in your web browser allowing you to easily navigate your Delicious links. READ MORE


google + creative commons + techsoup = wholesome goodness

Thought you all might be interested to know that all Creative Commons content published on TechSoup and ConsultantCommons is being index by Google -- which means our nonprofit friends can easily search our sites for articles they can republish.

To use the search, start here: Limit your search to a specific site by using the "" qualifier in your search query, like so: blogging interplast security

You get back a list of articles relating to those topics, all of which nonprofits can reuse in their training materials, reprint on their Web sites, use in presentations, etc., etc. Have fun, do good! READ MORE


Video Profile: Chris Heuer

Chris Heuer, co-founder of BrainJams, speaks about the power of blogging for connecting your community. 

Video Profile: Chris Heuer

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE


Podcasting Workshop in SF

On Boingboing

To do in SF this weekend: HOWTO Podcast workshop

My NPR News colleague Stacy Bond shares word that San Francisco-based AudioLuxe will be holding another podcasting workshop this weekend. Some blogosphere pals attended the last edition, and all the reviews I heard came back enthusiastically positive. Stacy 'splains:

We're holding another Content Crash Course this weekend, April 22nd and 23rd. We’re doing them monthly now. This time around, Tom Krymkowski – a stellar mixing engineer who works on a couple of rather well-known SF podcasts and travels around the country with NPR’s Next Generation Radio – will handle the technical side of the class; he’ll cover things like setting up a mix and choosing a good mic.

As usual, I’ll cover the content stuff: writing for the ear, booking hot guests, streamlining the production process and so on.


posted by Xeni Jardin  READ MORE


Public Libraries Make the Virtual Leap

 From the New World Notes blog, take a look at how libraries are now using Secondlife:

Friday, April 21,  8:00AM - 9:00AM: Getting Along with IT staff for Librarians and Educators.  Rain Noonan hosts this unique event, featuring an appearance by the ITS Director of the Kansas City Public Library.  "This session covers the basics of how to jump communication hurdles between techies and non-technical staff," Noonan posts.  "For VOIP, go to
type your name and click enter. Minimize window. If you do not have a microphone, you can ask questions via text chat."  Part of the Librarian's Continuing Education Seminar Series, from the Johnson County Library. READ MORE


Yahoo! implicated in third cyberdissident trial

Here's an article which demonstrates the impact of the read/write web.... 

EXCERPT: "“Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of the verdict in the case of Jiang Lijun, sentenced to four years in prison in November 2003 for his online pro-democracy articles, showing that Yahoo ! helped Chinese police to identify him.

It is the third such case, following those of Shi Tao and Li Zhi, proving the implication of the American Internet company.

The verdict, made available and translated into English by the human rights group, the Dui Hua Foundation, can be downloaded below. READ MORE


Lookin' for Some Volunteer Bloggers, Session Monitors, Photographers & IRC Hosts

The NetSquared Conference is coming up and I'm looking for some volunteers to be live bloggers, session monitors, photographers and IRC hosts in exchange for a 50% discount off of the registration fee. 

If you're interested, download the application in the middle of this page and email it to me by April 26th.

We only have a limited number of volunteer positions, so please don't be sad if we can't fit you in.  We'll most likely have a waiting list.
Photo of exhausted live blogger via CipherSwarm READ MORE


Simon Pavitt Answers The Four Questions


Simon Pavitt of Headware in Sheffield, England has taken a moment to answer our Four Questions.

In answer to our first question,"What's *really* new on the Web, as opposed to buzzwords and soundbites?" he writes,

small things.

like the fact that I can get an email asking 'is there anybody doing nonprofit technology in blah?', set-up a map allowing people to plot themselves and create a copy of it on my website, all in one evening while watching something on TV.


Net2Builders Call to Action: Tag Bay Area Nonprofits Using the Social Web

Every Wednesday I post a Call to Action on our Net2Builders group and to the Net2 blog so check it out, and answer the call!

We would like to do some video interviews with Bay Area nonprofits who are using blogs, podcasts, vlogs, RSS feeds, social networking, social bookmarking, aggregation and/or wikis in their work.

If you know of nonprofits using these tools, would you either send me the URL, and if you know it, the contact info. for someone who works there, OR tag it "net2", and I'll catch it in the Net2 news aggregator. READ MORE



Rob Hof at Business Week  used this nice word to describe the explosive growth of the blogosphere, according  to the latest Technorati report.

It made me wonder: how many of the currently 35.3 million blogs are nonprofit blogs? And how do we increase this number (besides continuing to do what we already are doing)? And how to we make sure our voices get heard if the noise gets louder? READ MORE