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July 5, 2011

Beyond Facebook | Weekly Roundup

Big Duck

Well hello there, roundup readers. Liz is on vacation this week, so it’s once again my pleasure to bring you the best of all things nonprofit and communications from last week’s Internet. Have a good short week!

  • Did you hear the one about Google launching another social media platform? No, really. Google announced Google+ last week, a new project (a.k.a “social network”) that aims to “fix” online sharing. It’s still in a test phase so us normal folks can’t play with it yet, but check out Amy Sample Ward’s excellent post over at NTEN to hear her thoughts on the new service and how nonprofits might be able to use it in future.
  • Continuing the social-network-sites-that-aren’t-Facebook theme, ever wondered how to get more out of LinkedIn? In a guest post for The Fundraising Coach, Debra Akanase shares her tips to help nonprofit professionals master the art of online professional networking.
  • When it comes to writing email appeals, it’s easy to get caught in the moment (and the deadline) and forget some of the basics of effective emails. Not any more though, with NetWits’ ten reasons your email appeals might be ignored. Give it a quick read before you start work on your next appeal and you’ll be on the right track from the very start.
  • There’s nothing as satisfying as a beautifully crafted, easy to understand, up-to-date measurement dashboard (or is that just me?). If your dashboards aren’t quite living up to that dream, Beth Kanter’s post on dashboard design principles will get you and your data on track in no time.
  • And if you don’t have time to check out Google+, rethink your LinkedIn strategy, revamp your emails, and redesign your dashboard because your inbox is too full, consider signing the Email Charter. It’s a universal agreement to save us all from drowning in our inboxes, and I’m wholeheartedly on board with it. EOM.