Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Be a Net2Builder!

As I mentioned in my November 3rd post, I am working as a Community Builder with NetSquared, a project of Tech Soup.

One of the things NetSquared is looking for is folks to research and write up profiles of nonprofits who are successfully using emerging technology like:

social bookmarking
social networking
RSS feeds

to further their missions (if you are unfamiliar with any of the above categories, you can click on them and see their definitions in Wikipedia).

Writing up a nonprofit profile only takes 15-20 minutes. If you know of some fabu nonprofits that are using these tools and want them to be highlighted, just register (if you haven't already), login, go to the "Put Your Voice in the Mix" page: click on "submit your case study" and fill out the form.

Our goal is to create a gallery of case studies that will provide inspiration and information for other nonprofits. You can check out the ones we've profiled so far here.

Also, we are hosting gatherings for Bay Area nonprofit and web innovators interested in connecting communities for social change the second Tuesday of every month. The next Net Tuesday will be held on December 13th at the Balazo Gallery (2183 Mission St.@ 18th Street) at 6 PM. Ed Batista, Executive Director of Attention Trust and Seth Sternberg from Meebo will be presenting. You can RSVP on Upcoming, or just show up!

You can hear last month's speakers, Chris Messina from Flock, CompuMentor's Marnie Webb and yours truly, on the NetSquared Channel on Odeo.

If writing up a case study or going to a Net Tuesday feels too time consuming, you can also help by tagging web sites in del.icio.us, photos in Flickr and personal blog entries that relate to NetSquared with the tag "net2" and they will feed into the NetSquared news aggregator.

Finally, anyone who is registered on NetSquared can blog on the NetSquared blog about Net2 related things. I'm double blogging right now, here and on the NetSquared blog.

I really believe that many of these technologies can help nonprofits get the word out and build community around their work so if any of the above interests you, and you'd like to get involved, let me know.


  1. Hi - I've a couple of cases about non profit blogs that you might be interested in:
    - American Cancer Society http://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/bloomberg_marketing/2005/04/biz_blog_profil_1.html

    - March of Dimes

  2. These are GREAT Toby!

    Would you have time to write them up on www.netsquared.org? It would probably take about 20 minutes to do each one.

    All you have to do is register, log in, go to: http://www.netsquared.org/participate/put-your-voice-in-the-mix, hit "submit case study" and fill out the form. If you have any trouble filling out the form, please let me know.


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