Teck Chia gave a short presentation about Gabbly. I'm live blogging so please forgive errors.
Gabbly's developers wanted to create a way for people to connect in an easy way who have shared interests when they visit a web page. Their criteria was to build something that didn't need to be downloaded, that the user didn't need to register for, and that was interactive. They came up the idea of having a chat that could be used through the URL, without going to the chat program homepage. Gabbly launched in March.
I just embedded a chat window into the Net Tuesday page, and it took me all of 20 seconds. Serously, that was so easy I still can't believe it!
The makers of Gabbly, that oh-so-easy chat maker that powered the NetSquared remote conference, will be participating in an on- and off-line chat for tonight's Net Tuesday. If you can't join us in person at the Hotel Utah, join us online at 7pm PST by just going to the Net Tuesday page (it may take a few seconds for the chat to load).
In other chat news, there's a new service from an old friend of NetSquared, Meebo (Seth presented at our 2nd Net Tuesday). It's called MeeboMe, and it's the talk of the town. Like Gabbly, MeeboMe is easily embedded into your website. While Meebo is a personal 1-1 chat service and works with a variety of Instant Messengers like AIM, Gabbly creates chat rooms and doesn't require a login. They're very complementary tools, and both free and easy ways to bring a new dimension to your website. Yay free and easy!
Our fabulous Net Tuesday podcasting volunteer, David Collin, has posted an interview he did with Jeska Linden of Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life, at last month's San Francisco Net Tuesday on the NEW
I'm a little disappointed that there isn't a TechSoup RSS feed exclusively devoted to these nonprofit technology events. If one becomes available, I will certainly add it to my blog. And of course it would make a perfectly splendid addition to the NPtech Meta Feed.
Disclaimer: Although I have been a consultant to TechSoup on its NetSquared project, this effusion was not solicited, approved, or subsidized by TechSoup. I am merely writing as a humble fan.
As a further testament to the online community that TechSoup is building in Second Life (if you already have an acct., go directly to the site:http://tinyurl.com/ogbpd), Suzanne Vega gave a live interview and performance last night in this growing virtual world. Read lots more about it on New World Notes and see some video highlights (that I co-edited in my very first virtual world project- it is rudimentary). I hope to post more projects like this from the TechSoup /NetSquared Community.
Whether a fan or not, it really doesn’t matter. This is notable because it was broadcast on PRI's (Public Radio International) program, Infinite Mind. They're the first national broadcaster to set up shop here, and they plan to host regularly from Second Life (they also provide lots of content to NPR-affiliate stations). It seems significant that not only are they the first, but that they’re primarily publicly-funded and not a major private media corporation. They produce several tech-related programs and, maybe since they are one themselves, also have some tendency to cover NPO issues. And while it wasn't a perfect production, they were willing to go with the flow, take the risk and just put it out there.
Sounds like TechSoup may soon be helping to instruct other NPOs on how to use these powerful virtual media tools (perhaps even in partnership with fellow nonprofit, PRI?). So many possibilities…
As some of you know, we have a Net2 News Aggregator on the site that you can browse for Net2-related stories.
Here are links to some recently tagged sites and stories:
Winecamp France. Oui Oui! September 22-24, 2006 regular barcampers + nonprofit web activists will meet up in Burgundy to discuss and create ways that nonprofits can use the social web for social change.
In Google Answers, the question is asked: What is the general percentage of nonprofit organizations with 10 or more employees that invest in new enterprise or CRM software on a yearly basis? The answerer provided lots of statistics, but few were more recent than 2003. Anyone have more recent stats to share?