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- Mystified when techie types make vague references to “the cloud”? Jim Lynch on TechSoup’s blog has the answers to all of your questions in this handy post on cloud computing and what it means to nonprofits.
- You’ve heard the refrain–“message control” and “social media” don’t mix. But letting go of control doesn’t have to mean giving up completely. Guide your organization’s online message with the help of these tips from Laura Quinn on Idealware’s blog.
- According to the latest from Pew Internet, only 4% of Americans use location-sharing services like Foursquare and Gowalla. For 4% of the population, they sure are making a large percent of the noise. (That said, as TechCrunch points out, the timing of this study excludes recently-launched Facebook Places, so expect to see this number jump next time around.)
- Seeking some social media inspiration? Check out Mashable‘s list of “must-follow” nonprofit organizations using social tools to promote their missions and make change.
- Twitter’s updated online style guide, chock full of rules and guidelines for using their brand, is handy for two reasons. First, you’ll never have to worry about whether you’re capitalizing the word “Tweet” appropriately again. Second, it’s a helpful reminder: is your nonprofit giving enough guidance on your brand and messages to the staff, volunteers, donors, and others who communicate on your behalf?
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