Pete Cashmore writes a popular blog about new Web 2.0 services at Mashable.com. He's a consultant for organizations looking to leverage the new social web paradigm. Pete frequently covers web services that he says are designed to "feed the MySpace beast".
Along with Second Life (subject of an upcoming interview) MySpace is a topic that many nonprofit organizations are giving some amount of thought to engaging with. The MySpace profile page for the film An Inconvenient Truth has been added to the friends list of almost 70,000 MySpace users. That profile page uses multimedia extensively and if your organization seeks to get into MySpace, you may want to consider moving beyond a simple default page as well.
Other organizations participating in MySpace include Green Peace USA, Philadelphia's Clean Air Council, the World Wildlife Federation and many, many more. When MySpace users add one of these groups as a friend, they are notified whenever new items, events or writings are added to the organization's page.
We have another volunteer, Ryan MacArthur,to help us edit and post the Net2 Conferece audio recordings our podcast channel. Hooray! Ryan recently graduated from Ex'pression College for Digital Arts and has been working as an Audio Engineer/Production Assistant. Cross your fingers, folks. With all of this help, hopefully audio from the conference will be posted soon.
The grassroots workers affiliated with these groups are the best in the world at advocating for immigrants, and they juggle an awe-inspiring amount of information about constituents, donors, policy makers, service providers, activists, and other stakeholders. Most of this juggling is done in their heads, or on paper, or with Excel spreadsheets - very few of them also have expertise in database development. What to do?
In June, TSNE offered these groups a "Databases 101" workshop, designed for smart people who are starting from scratch in learning about databases. This month, the goal is to follow up with a clinic that will enable them to get down to cases about their specific needs.
But the remaining challenge is to craft the clinic in such a way that all of the immigrant organizers come away with a feeling of confidence, a practical understanding of how databases can help them, and a list of action items to take back to their offices.
Mike Linksvayer is the Chief Technology Officer for Creative Commons. He spoke at the Netsquared conference as well at a recent Net Tuesday event. Mike tells us what Creative Commons is, how it's beneficial to nonprofits and a bit about what the future holds.
Great meeting today at the TechSoup Office in Second Life! There's an Net Tuesday event coming up - Mark your calendars - July 18th. It will be a mixed reality event -- in-world and in "real life" at the Tech Soup Office in SF. Want to get involved in the planning? Join the TechSoup discussion list: http://groups.google.com/group/TechSoup-Second-Life and join the next meeting on Friday, July 7th at 11:30 AM EST
After the meeting, we tried for a group photo op. Let me tell you, getting all those avatars to look into the camera and smile is even more difficult than trying to get a group shot of a bunch of preschoolers! First one who can name all those people in the photo with their Real Life Names will get a prize. Leave your answer in the comments!
Found this conference announcement on the campusactivism.org blog. It seemed like the kind of conference Net2 folks would want to know about:
Advocacy Developers III Conference
AdvocacyDev III, Oakland, July 31-August 2. The third convening of organizers, activists and developers working with open source tools for online advocacy and organizing will take place in Oakland from July 31 to August 2. If you're passionate about creating better tools for online activists and organizers, please join us for knowledge sharing and brainstorming!
Randy Moss, the manager of "futuring and information-based strategies" for the American Cancer Society, attended the Netsquared conference. He tells us a bit about the ACS' role at the conference and what he has learned there.