News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Promoting Your Cause in Facebook

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 06/07/2007 - 11:33am

Everywhere you turn, you're hearing about the power of MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks. But can real nonprofits truly see the benefits behind all the hype?

Clearly, there's a lot of potential for gaining new supporters with these online tools, but many nonprofit organizations struggle to determine how they can fit into a social network application alongside for-profits and social groups. Project Agape is one of the initial Facebook Platform partners, launching Causes on Facebook. This new functionality extends the groups features and makes it possible for users to create causes, take donations, and recruit members. Join us as we explore the power of social networks and learn how to set up your own Cause on Facebook.

Presented by Randall Winston of Project Agape.

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NTEN Members: Last Chance to Register for the Bridge Conference at the Early Rate

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 10:03am

Are you an NTEN member? Of course you are! And as a special member benefit, you can register for the 2007 Bridge Conference in Washington, DC at a discounted rate. We're organizing the technology track at the conference and hope to see you there!

The Show: The 2007 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising
The Dates: July 8 - 10, 2007
The Venue: The Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

With access to 90 cutting edge educational opportunities, the chance to network with more than 1,000 colleagues, and exposure to experts, the Bridge Conference is a truly great opportunity with an outstanding return on investment for you and your organization.

Register for the 2007 Bridge Conference before June 8 and get an additional Early Bird discount by visiting www.bridgeconf.org.

(Oh, and if you're not an NTEN member yet, join today!)

Pizzigati Prize Nominations

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 2:05pm
The Tides Foundation has begun accepting nominations for the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. The Pizzigati Prize "offers a $10,000 award to a software developer who has made, in the spirit of open source computing, an outstanding contribution to the nonprofit world and the ongoing work of social change."

New Web Analytics Wiki

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 1:56pm

WikiWebAnalyticsBy way of Avinash Kaushik's blog...

A new wiki, WikiWebAnalytics, has been set up for folks interested in web analytics. They are looking for a few good people to start write articles and help make it a good resource for those of us interested in the field of web analytics.

Check it out and make your contribution!

(And if you're into web analytics, Avinash's blog is a must read!)

The Google-Salesforce Partnership Begins

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 1:42pm
Google and Salesforce.com have announced that Google AdWords will be integrated into existing Salesforce applications through a new product called Salesforce "Group Edition". The application, targeted at small to midsize organizations, will make it easier to create and manage AdWords campaigns. While some prognosticators and commentators downplay the significance of the alliance, "Group Edition" can benefit NPOs immediately: members of the Google Grants program and nonprofit Salesforce users will gain access to the application for free.

Building 43 Mysteries Revealed

Submitted by Holly on Mon, 06/04/2007 - 3:49pm

“Search over the last few years has moved from ‘Give me what I typed’ to ‘Give me what I want,’ ” says Mr. Singhal, a 39-year-old native of India who joined Google in 2000 and is now a Google Fellow, the designation the company reserves for its elite engineers.

That's a quote from the New York Times article on Google search this past Sunday. There's a lot of great stuff in the article about what Google is doing with its search engine. Five-word summary: a LOT of crazy math. Oh, and light sabers.

What I found most compelling was the general approach Google is taking, which offers two lessons for the nonprofit sector at large:

1. You can't give people what they ask for, you have to give them what they want. Folks just don't know how to ask for the information they need much of the time, so you need to become an expert at translating for them, before they even ask.

As a corollary to that:

2. Data mining is essential to anticipating wants. You have access to a tremendous amount of data about your stakeholders and how they interact with your organization. Understanding that data is essential to your success.

From the Affinity Groups: Opinions and More! AVG Antivirus Software

Submitted by Visitor on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 2:51pm

The NTEN Affinity Groups are great sounding boards for folks looking for technology recommendations. Recently, inquiring minds within the 501 Tech Club DC wanted to hear opinions and experiences using AVG antivirus software -- and members responded with know-how.

NTEN'S Tools You Should Know: Episode 01

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 11:51am
Cool Tools Ep. 1

Once a month or so, I'm lucky enough to catch a few minutes with my favorite technology prognosticator, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Director of Content at Splashcast Media. During each visit, Marshall shares with us the tools and tips that no one can live without. This month, Marshall offered up 6 tools that any nonprofit can use today.

Check out this video podcast to learn more about:

From the Affinity Groups: Recommendations of php/mySQL, .NET, asp/SQL

Submitted by Visitor on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 10:53am
The NTEN Affinity Groups are great sounding boards for folks who are looking for technology recommendations. Last week, a vibrant discussion occurred among one of our most active Affinity Groups, the 501 Tech Club DC. A group member wanted to better understand how php/mySQL, .NET, and asp/SQL compare. Key issues included similarities, differences, and preferences in choosing amongst the tools. A summary of responses from the 501 Tech Club DC participants is below. Want to be involved? Sign-up today free of charge and view all posts and links in their full glory at http://groups.nten.org.

Wireless Data Collection: Save Paper, Time, and Money!

Submitted by Holly on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 10:25am

Lots of us use surveys to collect data about our field and our clients. But if you're using paper, you're doing it the hard way! Join us for this webinar to learn how a very small investment in technology can revolutionize your survey collection:

> Survey Says: Data Collection in the Field with Wireless Handhelds

Does PDA = Public Displays of Affection? In this instance, yes! STOP AIDS Project has converted it's paper-based Behavioral Risk Assessment to WiFi Palm devices. Data can be instantly recorded and updated via WiFi, or uploaded later when in range of a WiFi connection. Entry that used to take weeks, and reporting that took months is now instantly accessible via web reports. The best part? It's all affordable. We'll demo the technology and walk through the associated tools and costs. When you leave this webinar, you'll be ready to run your own wireless community survey.

Presented by Jamey Frank of STOP AIDS Project

Join us on June 7 at 11:am Pacific:

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