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Our second East Coast Net2 Meetup -- success!

A belated update here to say that we had our best NetSquared meetup yet here in Washington, DC this past Wednesday -- at least 23 people came out to Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle at around 7pm, and the last person from our group wasn't out of there until well after 10p.

Thanks to everyone's help spreading the word about the April meetup, our group turned out to be a great mix of people from both the tech and nonprofit/social change worlds (and fortunately we're in DC, so we had a plenty of folks straddling both!). I should also note that we had a solid turnout from people doing international work, which added a great dimension to the group. READ MORE

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Scary Bloggie 4?

Emily, creator of the Nonprofit Blog Exchange, asks why nonprofits don't blog. I think it's because blogging is too often touted as a radical, new end in itself, not as a tool in a larger strategy for building relationships with donors, volunteers, members, and clients.

Relatedly, we need to engage more nonprofit communicators and fundraising professionals in the conversation. No matter how well intended they may be, techies and Web gurus often promote blogs and the like without regard for sound principles of nonprofit fundraising and relationship building -- principles that apply online and off.  READ MORE

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Lightstalkers

November Eleven, "a nonprofit providing free services and tools which further the cause of independent photography, journalism and humanitarian aid," posted a Net2 in Action case study today about their social networking site for mobile journalists and photographers called, Lightstalkers.  Check it out. READ MORE

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Congrats to the First Winner in our iPod Nano Giveaway!

Congratulations to Amanda Atkins, who answered our Social Web Survey and won an iPod Nano! Amanda works for Metropolitan Affordable Housing , an entrepreneurial non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for people living on limited incomes.

Like many of our 700+ survey respondents, she came to the survey through TechSoup.org, the technology portal for nonprofits that is the home of the NetSquared project.

Amanda uses social networking sites as one stop shops to blog and share photos. Though she enjoys using them personally, she doesn't use them at work, and sees her main challenge as being public perception of the professionalism of these tools. READ MORE

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Learn from the pros

So how do you deal with procesing all the information that's out there? B.L. Ochman has not only posted her own tips, but also asked some of the pros, such as Doc Searls and Shel Horowitz, to share their strategies. But who says that we aren't pros ourselves? Share your tips with your NetSquared community! READ MORE

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Helpalot is the name, advice needed building test version decentralized charity site

In my last post I asked for your help picking the right name for my project. Thanks for all your feedback. Helpalot will be the name, it's short, easy to remember and is informative about the content of the site.

As a reminder a quick summary of the project; building a decentralized charity website with social network aspects. 

Now I'm going towards building a first test version. I plan to build it in May, so I can start testing in June. I could use your advice on how to go about this. The way I see it now, I have three choices: READ MORE

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Video Profile: Adam Frey

Adam Frey of Wikispaces, recently presented at Net Tuesday in San Francisco on the ease and simplicity of wikis to organize people and projects. 

Video Profile: Adam Frey
 

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

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New Media Consortium's Online Conference on Personal Broadcasting

Tech Soup's Community Manager, Susan Tenby, let me know about an interesting online event, that you all may want to know about, The New Media Consortium's Online Conference on Personal Broadcasting April 26-27, 2006.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.

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Democratizing the Office Suite Worldwide - An Interview with Louis Suarez-Potts of OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org is the leading international office suite that runs on all major platforms and offers open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.

It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS. Governments around the world are looking at moving towards Open Document Format.

Available in over 65 supported languages with more being constantly added by the community, OpenOffice.org has an estimated 40 million users.

Louis Suarez-Potts is the community manager of OpenOffice.org. READ MORE

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Net2Builders Call to Action: Online Event & Social Web Tools Survey

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!

Tech Soup is going to be hosting a free, two-day online event called,"Using Social Networking Applications" April 19th and 20th at http://www.techsoup.org/fb/index.cfm?fuseaction=forums.showSingleForum&forum=2033&cid=117

. I've posted more info. below. READ MORE