Category - Social Media

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Gladwell Gets It Wrong – Again
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Lessons and Thoughts on the Egyptian Protest
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Fighting the Public School Fortress
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Activists and Orgs Meeting Online
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Social Good Podcast: The Delicious Debacle
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Free Agent Communities
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Crowds Vs. Mobs
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Videos of the Year

Gladwell Gets It Wrong – Again

Malcolm Gladwell has done it again. Last summer he wrote, I thought rather flippantly, about the ineffectiveness of social media in generating and sustaining social protests. And now he has followed with a post on the New Yorker blog. (An irony-free zone for Gladwell who apparently doesn’t believe that this blog is a social media[...]

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Lessons and Thoughts on the Egyptian Protest

I’ve been watching and reading about the protests in Egypt with awe at the courage of the participants and fear for the reprisals they may face. Perhaps it’s too early or easy to generalize, but that’s never stopped me before! Here are a few thoughts about the Egyptian protests, and what makes it similar and[...]

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Fighting the Public School Fortress

I have worked with a number of nonprofits and foundations over the past few years, terrific organizations like Common Cause and the Avi Chai Foundation, traditional organizations working sincerely to turn themselves into Networked Nonprofits. To break out from behind their high walls and wide moats and focus on building meaningful relationships with wide networks[...]

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Activists and Orgs Meeting Online

Pew’s Center on the Internet and American Life has just released a study that creates a strong connection between Internet users and social causes. According to the study: “It becomes clear as people are asked about their activities that their use of the internet is having a wide-ranging impact on their engagement with civic, social,[...]

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Social Good Podcast: The Delicious Debacle

In mid December an ex-employee of Yahoo!, the owner of Delicious, released a slide from an internal presentation that indicated that Yahoo might close Delicious. Here is a copy of that slide showing which sites Yahoo! might shut down. He tweeted the news that Delicious was shutting down and a picture of this slide, which[...]

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Free Agent Communities

Debra Askanase, aka @askdebra, has written a terrific post over at the Care2 blog,Why “Free Agent” Social Communities Rock. Debra builds on the concept of free agents that Beth and I describe in The Networked Nonprofit. We defined free agents as individuals, fluent with social media, raising awareness, funds and organizing for causes. It’s awfully[...]

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Videos of the Year

Welcome to my third annual Videos of the Year post!  This year I want to concentrate on the videos that are clearly self-made, not videos that are the equivalent of the old, professional public service announcements. Not that there is anything wrong with professional videos, it’s just a different animal from self-made content that individuals[...]

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