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
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
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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