Here is a storify of the top tweets, pics, links and comments from our Social Media for Good mini Barcamp held at the Mozilla London office.
You can also see a roundup at the Eppilogger page here:
This is an event for London Social Media Week that I am really pleased to be part of.
Connecting for Good workshop at London Social Media week Thurs 26 Sept 10am – 1pm
Facilitated by Barcamp Non Profits (@barcampnfp), a group dedicated to bringing barcamp style unconferences to the not for profit sector, this session is an informal round table discussion focussing on bringing people together for good - how can we use the platforms available to us – sharing success stories and failures and learning from both.
Social media has torn down the borders between countries but hasn’t yet torn down the silos between charities, brands and the digital industry. By bringing a mix of attendees together – this workshop will allow us to create sparks of innovation so we can find the next big thing/s for fundraising, campaigning and generally doing good in social media.
I created a Twitter list of my fellow facilitators and if you can’t make it you can follow the discussion with the hashtag #SMW4GOOD. I also set up an epilogger page to collect and collate photos, videos, links blogs and conversations from the event:
Other Social Media Week events
Still space left for this CSR one tonight that I am going to:
Expect an informative, thought provoking and inspiring session that will appeal to anyone in business, Not-for-Profit or charity sectors looking to understand how they can make a difference to people and planet through their business activity.
Any recommendations? Let me know what other events you are going to in the comments – hope to see you there
Had a super interesting conversation on twitter last week; it started from Lesley asking Matt a question about Buffer (the social media scheduling service) and quickly developed into a discussion into the use of, and even the integrity and value of using, these sorts of services. I grabbed all the tweets into this here Storify for you to read and I hope to pin down some of the contributors and you for a GoogleHangout round table discussion on the subject sometime in the next few weeks – please register your interest as a listener/ viewer/ contributor in the comments below
~ an interesting conversation in using buffer / automation / scheduling of tweets…
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Graphic designer Krista Lewis has created this marvellous infographic based on Dan Pallottas TED talk from earlier this year – The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong. All Dan’s key points illustrated and arranged beautifully – ready for pointing out to people when they try and stop you innovating.
For the full size image click through to Krista’s site.
Disqus is a commenting system and social network. It can replace the standard comments on your site with a good looking and easy to use interface that actively encourages your visitors to engage more with your content and increase the visibility and traffic on your site. It is the comment system I use on this site and the majority of my other blogs, it is also the sytem I most regularly recommend to clients.
Hooray – another free thing for your organisation, there is a paid version of course but uncommonly the free version is very likely all you will ever need. The paid version is for doing clever things like single sign on and members only comments.
For WordPress it is just a plugin, for Drupal just a module, for Tumblr, as long as you have a theme that supports disqus (and most do), you simply type in your ‘Disqus shortname’ in the settings. Full instructions on how to enable disqus on your site or blog best to check out the page on Disqus’ own site:
Because accounts are held with discus or with other networks like Facebook or twitter, those communities become responsible for identifying spam accounts, essentially millions of people across all these networks become anti spam moderators for your site. WIN.
AND so this means you don’t have to pester your users to constantly prove they are not spammers – see below….
One of the great things about disqus is that it removes many of the barriers a visitor might encounter that could prevent them from actually commenting such as filling in a captcha (anti spam) form, completing a human check or even (and this is something that stops me commenting every time) having to sign up for an account at your site. Couple of clicks to sign into their account or verify with Facebook, twitter, google etc and they are commenting away.
Using disqus commenting means that the comments on your site also exist within the disqus network. This opens up another channel for you to attract new readers for your website, new supporters for your cause. As a Disqus member I can see what like minded people are commenting on and I can go and check out that content, I can also choose to be notified when a discussion I am following gets new comments or someone replies specifically to my comment or comments on my content. All this contributes greatly to maintaining the conversation and keeping your visitors engaged.
Also, People are much more likely to share your content when they have had input to it, disqus will give them the opportunity, and a little prompt to share the fact they have commented across their networks…
Have a go below to see how easy it is for users to log in – feel free to leave me any old comment Just testing / Hello Crispin / hello world! ~ whatever – just as long as it is not spammy
WordPress is a great way to get a website up and running for your charity and it is really easy to sort out your basic SEO requirements. This post is for people who already have a WordPress site up and running but maybe have not thought about their SEO or who think it is something difficult to sort out. I’m not going to pretend that fully optimising your charity site for search rankings fo all your keyword desires is an easy task ~ but I will tell you that making the first steps to vastly improving your ‘on-site SEO’ is very simple indeed, you don’t need to be a developer or an SEO whiz to sort it out all you (basically) need is one plugin.
This one > WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast
The fact that the plugin is all of the top 3 search results for ‘wordpress SEO’ should tell you something about it’s author.
This plugin will take care of, and automate, the basic must do tasks for improving your SEO. It also will give you some guidance on what to do at every step with the tour function that is included in the plugin.
On a basic level all you have to do is install and activate the plugin and go through the tour adding the settings suggested.
Plugins > Add New > search for wordpress SEO > select install now next to the top result (the one by Yoast)
For a full walkthrough to setting up the plugin step by step and with more detail around the whats and whys have a read of Joost de Valk’s tutorial on WordPress SEO (incidentally he is the guy who wrote the plugin).
Now this is not going to see you shooting to the number one spot for all your keywords (that will take a bit more time, bit more effort and a bit more know-how) but it step one – and step one is so much better than step zero. At the very least you should see a marked increase in your traffic and see your site rise up a fair few places in the old search rankings. Drop me a comment and let me know how you got on.
For extra info on SEO for charities and non profits please see:
JustUnfollow.com is a twitter management tool.
The basic idea is to find out who is not following you back and cull them. It’s very simple, you just sign in with your Twitter account to get a list of all the offenders.
…so why does it matter if you are following someone who isn’t following you back?
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Here is a list of twitter chats – the original post is aimed at Social Media and PR professionals and if you are running your charity’s blog and twitter or even just contributing the odd blog post then that is exactly what you are (even if you don’t get paid).
Some of these chats are well worth a look but being dominated in the US a lot of them happen at 2 in the morning, which is not ideal. I picked out these two as being particularly relevant to the third sector ~ and occurring at a sensible time of day:
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Do you use Google Apps? Have a look at this introductory video from Boomerang Calendar – it’s an extension linking Gmail and Google calendar that detects possible appointments from emails, highlights them with your free or busy status and then provides an interface to book or re-schedule meetings and appointments.
Really easy way to schedule group meetings too – all from within Gmail, love it.
It is still in beta atm but you can get an invite here > http://boomerangcalendar.com/
Free Colour Pallet Generator from DeGraeve.com
This great resource picks two colour pallets (one dull one vibrent) by referencing an image on the web. I just used it to help me quickly brand an instal of CiviCRM for one of our clients by right clicking on the logo on their website and choosing copy image URL (Mac) or copy image location (PC) then pasting the URL into the generator.
Loads of web based tools and resources will let you brand up the product or page by selecting colours an this is a quick way to get ‘on brand’ colours in their hex values (the 6 digit web codes for colours e.g. #BADA55).
You can use it to brand your YouTube channel or your twitter widget for example. Drop me a comment below and let me know if you use it ~ thanks.