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Social Media Tips For Nonprofit Agencies

April 16th, 2012

Nonprofit organizations are using Twitter and Facebook and every other social media networking site to build up the following and increase awareness of their annual outreach events.

Organizations tweet lists such as “25 illness facts in 25 days” and “20 things to say to a chronically ill person” that people often retweet. They have also given a lot of conversations on Facebook. You can list your links on your web site too so people can retweet them any time.

One strategy being used is to set up a ning site as a place where influential people who Twitter about common nonprofit related topics can gather and exchange information and help, as well as be a place journalists or companies that want products reviewed, books, etc. can come and quickly find people will to do reviews and Twitter and blog about them.

One recommendation to multiply your postings is to use hootesuite so you can have a lot of pending tweets. That means, you can type in your tweet and schedule them to fly out at a pre-set time and day. You could even schedule your tweets for a whole day, week and month to keep relevant information flying out.

Tweet a lot of articles you find of interest, news, etc. so people feel like they are getting quality info. You can also tweet quotes from the books that we sell well in your niche with a link to your Amazon associate page.

If you do any type of work with a nonprofit agency and are out to attract prospective donors or participants, along with developing your online presence and exposure, you owe it to yourself and the financial future of your nonprofit agency to learn everything you can about social media. » Read more: Social Media Tips For Nonprofit Agencies

What to Know About Twitter

April 15th, 2012

Information About Twitter that would be of much help to twitter newbies is what this article provides. Read on and sink them in your head well.

‘Tweet’ once used to be a weak chirping sound of a bird, but these days, thanks to ‘Twitter’, it has gained a new definition. The message that is being sent and displayed to all followers of a certain twitter user and is at the maximum length of 140 characters is called a ‘tweet’.

In simple layman terms, Twitter is a social networking site which provides its users a way to send and read messages, which as we already know as tweets, for free of cost. The users have the flexibility to send and receive the tweets via the twitter website, SMS (Short messaging service) or other external applications.

Created in 2006, Twitter, the brainchild of Jack Dorsey, has gained immense worldwide popularity. It was created in a brainstorming session that was held by the board members of the pod-casting company ‘Odeo Corp’ later known as ‘Obvious Corp’. Jack wanted to know what his friends were doing and came up with an idea that similar to SMS group messaging service, an individual can be provided a platform where, through SMS, a message can be communicated to a group. According to Jack Dorsey, they first came up with the name ‘twitch’, because the phone vibrates when it moves, but they finally ended up with the word “Twitter” after going through dictionary.

The 140 character limit was initially set to make it compatible with the SMS messaging.

Twitter is a micro-blogging site. Microblogging is defined as a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to share brief text updates or micromedia such as as pictures or audio clips with a group. On many instances, Twitter has been described as being very similar to a web-based IRC. It is mostly used by adults who might not have had any experience with networking sites earlier.

Twitter was widely used by the candidates in the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign. A member of the Democratic Party and once a presidential candidate and now the president, Barack Obama made great use of Twitter for publicity. During the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, eyewitnesses sent approximately 80 tweets every 5 seconds. Twitter users sent important information such as emergency contact numbers and the list of hospitals needing blood. And, H1N1 updates were being sent through tweets by public health departments. » Read more: What to Know About Twitter