Archive for the ‘SOCIAL MEDIA’ Category

50 Must-Have Open Source Apps for Your Home Office – Open source apps for almost every home office task, most of which function on Windows.


10 ways to e-publish with Linux – If you want to create, publish and market a new e-book, this post describes the toolset you might just want.

15 Twitter tips for beginners – a quick updated version of the original tips

COMMS corner: Toolkit Tuesday: 10 Top Twitter Analytics Tools – the following (mostly free) tools and resources are more relevant in keyword analysis and understanding Twitter accounts that belong to others.


5 Steps to Starting Your Own Podcasting Show – useful article if you’re already considering doing this, if not then maybe it might imspire you to.

22 social media management tools – a wiki in development – Fresh Networks have started off a list of social media management tools springing up on the market.

Six handy tips for small charities to promote their websites – useful post from Econsultancy – top six web marketing projects that small charities or non-profits can undertake with confidence without the need to spend precious money on an agency

24tips: hand-picked tools and techniques for doing web stuff cheaply – excellent post from Steph – will be well worth subscribing to

Internet fraud for dummies: practical advice for protecting yourself against online scams – Internet fraud has been around for just about as long as the Internet itself. Each year, cybercriminals come up with new techniques and tactics designed to fool their potential victims. This article examines different types of fraud and what you can do to protect yourself against them.

Marketing Tips – Get yourself heard!GMVSS have produced a very useful guide to making your information useful and relevant

The Media Trust have a variety of free resources to help you raise awareness and promote your message and organisation –

If you’re thinking of producing some audio content for your organisation, this page might be useful – The How-To Geek Guide to Computer Microphones

“Conversations are happening online with or without you. This is one of the most frequently used social media sayings. If you’re engaging with social media for your company, it’s almost second nature.”

Useful summary from Social Media Examiner – 9 Ways to Sell Social Media to the Boss

Disaster management using open source and social media – Interesting post by Craig Thomler – Ushahidi and Sahana are open source, free-to-use web-based platforms designed to be highly resilient during disaster situations and flexible to the needs of both developing and developed nations

The Facebook Privacy & Security Guide has been updated to v2.3 and now includes how to configure the privacy settings for Facebook Places

A list of useful resources to help with using Facebook for your organisation – Facebook Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Interesting post from the PushON blog – Social Media Policies & their importance for us all…

Donna Papacosta has updated her page on Podcasts about Podcasting, there’s lots of useful information here –
Trafcom News: Updated: Podcasts about podcasting

Get real-time information from a myriad of sources ranging
from blogs and published news articles to Twitter, LinkedIn, Jigsaw, and beyond, for free –

Social Media Today’s guide to the various qualities and attributes that your social media voice might encompass – 13 Qualities of a Good Social Media Voice

First in a series of five tutorials by Media Helping Media, there are also a lot of other good resources on this site – Designing a successful media training plan

A useful list of templates and resources from Dave Fleet at Social Media Today- 57 Social Media Policy Examples and Resources

Another good post from Donna @DonnaPapacosta about the value of adding audio to the communications mix –

Training resources for using social networking from @helpingmedia Lots of useful stuff here.

Set yourself up with the tools for your own ‘virtual office’ 25 free online tools for media professionals on the move

Very useful post and podcast from @iictpete on how to Build a Communications Strategy including social media, go and check it out.

This offers a collection of strategies and tactics to
help small nonprofits get more out of using Facebook.

* Why Facebook?
* Creating Your Facebook Page
* Customizing Your Facebook Page
* How To Make Your Facebook Page Do Tricks
* Your Facebook Community
* Facebook Extras

Here’s a general introduction to writing content for the World Wide Web –

If you’re thinking about writing a Social Media policy for your employees to follow, there are a range of them here that might provide some inspiration

SME Technology Forum‘s review of the tools that businesses can use to monitor and respond to social media –

The basics of social media monitoring –  first post from Fresh Networks in their Social Media Monitoring – 2010 review series. In it they cover the basics of social media monitoring.

Trafcom News Podcast 95: Internal podcasting – how you could make use of this in your organisation?  Another of Donna’s excellent podcasts.

Technology Toolkit for Start-up Nonprofits: Part One – Wild Apricot Blog has the first of a two-part guest post from media consultant Minal Bopaiah of Brevity & Wit. Her “technology toolkit” and sample step-by-step plan are designed to help new nonprofit organizations get started with online marketing, outreach and fundraising — on a tight budget.

News Dots: The Day’s Events as a Social Network – Visualising news stories by showing their interconnectedness and frequency of appearance

Four Ways of Looking at Twitter  if you’re looking for some ways of visualising your Twitter presence, then there are some clever applications here.

BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones provides a useful summary –

He also shared some of the technology and web services he uses with an audience at a Fit for the Future session. You can watch a video of the session here

Useful post on the Getting Attention blog along with links to the associated webinar and slide deck, both available free.  Direct link is

Fresh Networks have been publishing a short series on this topic this week and today’s post provides a round up and links to the individual posts.  Lots of useful content here.

Useful list of applications – well worth checking out to see if they can help you with any of your projects for your groups or communities

Nonprofit Tech 2.0 offers some simple definitions and interpretations of Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 –

This might be something your organisation and community members could benefit from…

Community Voices is an England-wide programme funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly DIUS) and delivered by Media Trust.  Community Voices is about supporting communities, specifically those with the greatest experience of social isolation or disadvantage, in their vision of creating a meaningful difference to their lives.

Bright One is a volunteer-run communications agency for the third sector, offering third sector organisations affordable yet effective communications by bringing together communications professionals and volunteers from a range of backgrounds. It’s just celebrated its first anniversary and now has appointed four new ambassadors, details in this PR Week article, one of whom will be well known to FIR fans 🙂

If you need communications support, such as campaign planning and implementation, media relations, media training, creative copywriting, press release drafting and distribution, audience mapping, blogger relations, social media, etc then why not get in touch with them and see if they can help?

If you’re a communications professional and you’d like to volunteer to help third sector organisations, then why not contact them and see what you can do?

Their website is at

Interesting post from Jakob Neilsen, about a new report with case studies, you can see what other organisations have done and maybe guide the decision/implementation process for your organisation if this is something you’re considering.

Very interesting post (3rd in a series) from Neil Hopkin’s blog on Free Web 2.0 Leadership and Information Management software with an excellent list of resources you could use to support your organisation and your work. The previous two posts in the series also contain some very useful links. have put together a comprehensive list of Open Source tools for Writers, Journalists and Bloggers and the full details are here.  Take a look, there might be just the thing you’ve been looking for

The Wild Apricot blog has published an excellent post giving details of 26 presentations on Social Media topics that are available on Slideshare.  If you’re looking to produce something for your organisation these are an excellent starting point to allow you to find inspiration or ideas for your work.  If you’ve got a presentation on Social Media topics that you’ve produced, why not share it with the folks at Wild Apricot by leaving the details as a comment to their post?

If you’re looking for a means of monitoring and measuring your organisation’s social media presence then Robin Broitman of Interactive Insights has posted a comprehensive list of resources, websites, services and advice for you.  You can find it here:

David Wilcox has an excellent post on this topic here – Sources for social technology propositions – please mix your own and also another here – 45 provocative propositions about using social technology both are valuable reads if you’re thinking about starting new projects to reach your communities.