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RIP Google Reader: Don’t Scream Who Moved My Cheese, Pivot Your Reading

This past week, Google announced that it would close Google Reader on July 1st.    Nonprofit technology colleague Nancy Schwartz shared that link and it prompted a lot of angst for many who had grown dependent on this free software.   More than 125,000 people signed this online petition at Change.Org and lists of alternatives to Google Reader started popping up like this one from Lifehacker and list.ly.  … Read More

Google + for Nonprofits: Invest Time or Not? Nonprofit Starter Steps

Does Google + have the potential to be a valuable platform for nonprofits or is it just another shiny object to distract nonprofits?  Should your nonprofit do more than simply set up a presence on Google + and not invest any more time?  … Read More

Google + Nonprofit Brand Pages

Why does Google +  launch new stuff when I’m on a book deadline!!   The long awaited brand pages on Google + are here.    I put a post out on Google + asking what nonprofits had set up pages and was able to identify 88 from all the responses and placed them in a open circle here.… Read More

Google + for Social Change Activists: Dive in Early or Wait?

Last week, I helped launch a peer exchange Webinar for  Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Insurance grantees with Spitfire Communications (creators of the SMART chart).  The focus is how to effectively integrate social media channels and measure and learn.   Two grantees that work on Children’s Healthcare  at the national level and have experience using social media as part of an integrated campaign were co-presenters.  … Read More

Are You Going To Adopt Google+ for Professional Learning/Networking? Why or Why Not?

What we’re witnessing with the hype and geek love swirling around Google+ follows  a well established pattern identified by Gartner analysts called “hype cycles.”     It begins with a technology trigger, followed by the peak of inflated expectations and punditry.     … Read More