News from the NTEN Connect Blog

21 Days of Twitter Day X: I'm a Hopeless Addict

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 8:21am

OK, I totally lost track of what day I'm on in my experiment, but I'm pretty sure I'm not at 21 days yet. Still, I can honestly say I'm now a Twitter addict. Do you think they have a program for this at Promises in Malibu? Because the first thing I do every morning is check in with Twitter. Whenever I'm switching tasks, I check Twitter. Twitter is down right now, and I am shaking.

Well, I'm not really shaking. But I miss my Twitter friends and their Tweets! And honestly, Twitter has turned out to be much more than just a social network. I get a lot of professional development out of it. I find articles and announcements from folks, as well as tips and advice. Sure, it's all arriving in between Tweets about what User A is having for lunch, but I actually find that charming now.

NTEN Community Call: Recording Now Available

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:30pm

Thanks again to the 60 or so folks who were able to join us for today's community call with Kintera. Kintera has been under new leadership since March of this year. We convened Scott Crowder, Kintera’s new CTO and the NTEN community for a discussion about where Kintera is headed, especially in relation to Kintera Connect, their plan to open their platform to clients and select developers to create integrations and third party applications.

Get the Recording.

And, if you have any follow-up questions, feel free to contact Darryl Gordon, VP of Marketing.

MacArthur Foundation Announces $2 Million New Digital Media & Learning Competition

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:22pm

If you work with kids and education, you should know about the new competition just announced by the MacArthur Foundation. Hat tip to Andy Carvin for the heads up (via Twitter). From the release:

Awards will be given in two categories:

  • Innovation Awards will support learning pioneers, entrepreneurs, and builders of new digital learning environments for formal and informal learning. These innovations might range from a teacher add-on for MySpace that allows for safe assigning of a class group discussion, to a platform co-developed by teachers and students to facilitate digital literacy and peer-mentoring between college students and high-school drop-outs earning their GED degrees, to a digital learning festival for the leaders of a worldwide youth environmental campaign.
  • Knowledge Networking Awards will support communicators in connecting, mobilizing, circulating or translating new ideas around digital media and learning. For example, a team of teacher bloggers who already reach hundreds of thousands of readers may now seek to provide multimedia coverage and translation of MIT Professor Henry Jenkins’ recent white paper on media literacy.

eNewsletter Advice

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 8:01am
There's nothing revolutionary about the idea that your most important eNewsletter article should be at the top of your newsletter. Still, there's some good, practical advice in the the 2-page article just released by M+R, "Digging Into eNewsletters." As usual, my favorite part is that there are some actual numbers in the report, giving us a chance to compare our own.

In the News: Our Own Lauren-Glenn Davitian

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 10:34am
NTEN Board member Lauren-Glenn Davitian was just honored by the Alliance for Community Media with the George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication. And, she has a great write-up in the Vermont Weekly, Seven Days.

If you don't know Lauren-Glenn, you should! She's wrestling with some of the biggest issues central to how and why we do our work - who has access to and how are we able to use media, including the Internet. My favorite quote from the piece:

Davitian says that while the Internet has enormous potential as a democratizing agent, there remains a huge digital divide, mostly along economic lines. “Time magazine can say, ‘You are the person of the year,’” she explains. “But the reality is, the ownership structure is still in the hands of the few.”


Resources on Blogs, Social Networks, and Tags for Nonprofits

Submitted by Brett on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 8:08pm
As part of our association with the Neighborhood Networks Conference, NTEN asked for a list of resources on social networks, blogging, and tagging, as they relate to nonprofits.  This amazing community came through, and the aggregated resources can now be found in a single Google Document we’ve shared with the world.

But this is only the beginning.  I’m sure we haven’t begun to tap the accumulated knowledge of the NTEN community, so if you have a related resource you think we should add, please post it in a comment, below.

NTEN Community Call: What Kintera’s Open Platform Means for the Nonprofit Sector

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 08/08/2007 - 9:03am

Wednesday, August 15 at 11am PT/2 pm ET for a free community call with Kintera CTO Scott Crowder.

Kintera recently announced Kintera Connect, an upcoming open application integration platform that provides nonprofits with the opportunity to select industry solutions that best meet their unique needs. But what does an open platform mean for you? And what types of solutions and capabilities will an open platform offer to nonprofits? What impact could an open platform have on fundraising and constituent engagement efforts? Learn from Scott Crowder, Kintera’s chief technology officer (CTO), how developers and partners will be integrating directly with Kintera technology and what technology possibilities could be available to your nonprofit. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered.

This is a FREE event. No registration is required. To participate:

  • Phone: 866.740.1260 / passcode: 3979000
  • Web: / passcode: 3979000
This call will last one hour.

Michelle Murrain Joins NTEN Board

Submitted by KatrinVerclas on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 8:00pm

Michelle MurrainNTEN is pleased to announce that Michelle Murrain of MetaCentric Technology Advising and NOSI: The Nonprofit Open Source Initiative, has joined the NTEN board. Michelle is a long-time technology consultant, and an advocate for open source software. She is the author of the NOSI Primer for Nonprofits, and blogs at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology.

I have worked with Michelle in the past, and am thrilled to have her 'on board.' We are very lucky here at NTEN. Please extend your warmest welcome to Michelle as NTEN's newest board member.

Muni WiFi as Disaster Relief Tool

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 10:41am

Add one more item to the long list of reasons that Municipal Wifi is so important in our communities, and to nonprofits in particular: Muni Wifi is playing a critical role post bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Looking for ways to bring Muni Wifi to your community? Check out our guide.

Many thanks to Sheldon Mains for the heads up, and CTFC for supporting the guide!

Blackbaud gets Bigger, Buys eTapestry

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 8:00am

Blackbaud continues its roll into the eCRM market by acquiring eTapestry.  From the Nonprofit Times article:

"Nonprofit software provider Blackbaud has made its second major acquisition this year, buying online donor management and advocacy tool eTapestry. During the past two years Blackbaud has spent more than $90 million on acquisitions in the nonprofit software and advocacy marketplace."

Blackbaud's first acquisition this year? Target Software. We'll all have to keep our eyes peeled for what happens next.