Is Facebook a Narcissistic Walled Garden?

Dan Pontefract

I left Facebook. ” No, I simply stopped using Facebook and I didn’t make a big deal about it. If someone sent me an inmail message via Facebook, I’d also answer those through the social hub feature of my Blackberry Z10.

Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams?

Beth Kanter

Facebook has rolled out the “Donate Now” button for all ads and brand pages which makes it easier than for nonprofits to ask Facebook audiences to donate. But, is the feature a field of dreams for nonprofits? Facebook will no doubt iterate.

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The fabulous case study of Queensland Police on Facebook

Ross Dawson

We have just heard about how Queensland Police used Facebook and Twitter for disaster communication during the extensive flooding in January. In the first 6 months of establishing their Facebook page they gained 8,000 likes, just by sharing interesting information online. When the Queensland floods hit, their Facebook page in the space of a few days moved to 160,000 likes. Both the public and media were getting their information from the Facebook page.

Two Opportunities for Nonprofits to Power their #GivingTuesday Campaigns — Facebook Ad Credits & #MyGivingStory

Beth Kanter

For years, I’ve been a vocal critic of Facebook’s policy not to provide advertising grants to nonprofits. So, I’m thrilled that my colleagues at ActionSprout with support from Facebook, are giving away $2 million in Facebook advertising credits to 2,000 nonprofits.

How Facebook Changes Are Impacting Engagement on Brand Pages and What Nonprofits Should Do About It

Beth Kanter

For two of the peer learning groups , we explored best practices for using Facebook strategically as part of an integrated communications plan based on this content ( [link] ). Commenting on the posts in other aligned partner’s Facebook pages. Content Engagement Facebook

The many and varied risk factors in Facebook’s IPO

Ross Dawson

To save you reading it all, here is a highly selective summary of just a few of the interesting risk factors Facebook points to in its IPO filing : If we fail to retain existing users or add new users, or if our users decrease their level of engagement with Facebook, our revenue, financial results, and business may be significantly harmed. We had more than 425 million MAUs who used Facebook mobile products in December 2011.

Forget Coffee Spoons: I Can Now Measure Out My Life With Facebook Status Updates

Beth Kanter

For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; New Feature: The Timeline. The average Facebook user has 150 friends, any of whom could be your next top supporter!

Message It: How to Make the Most of Your New Facebook Page

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’ve been working with John Haydon over the past week to get my Facebook Page ready to go (and it’s gonna rock can’t wait to show it off!). As part of the process, I’ve been looking at what other nonprofits have done to get ideas.

Facebook Changes for Organization Pages: Focus On Results

Beth Kanter

The discussion about the recent changes on Facebook has focused mostly around what it means for individuals, particularly the tension between openness and privacy. Many people are wondering what it means for nonprofit brands using Facebook as one of their marketing channels.

A Dog Named Red Helps Best Friends Animal Society Get Results on Facebook

Beth Kanter

For several years now, nonprofits have been investing time, energy and money building Facebook pages and working to engage supporters on Facebook. Others have spent tens of thousands of dollars to build custom Facebook apps from scratch.

An Interview With Facebook’s Libby Leffler: Facebook and Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity have lunch with Libby Leffler who works on strategic partnerships at Facebook with nonprofits. I sat down for an interview to learn more about her work at Facebook and tips for nonprofits. What is your current job at Facebook?

How To Use Negative Feedback on Facebook To Improve Your Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Facebook recently made a change to the EdgeRank Algorithm that increased the importance of Negative Feedback. Negative feedback on Facebook is when a user will hide, hide-all or unlike your content. How do you analyze negative feedback on Facebook?

Making Facebook Groups Rock for Nonprofits – Guest Post by Miriam Brosseau

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: While many of us focus our attention on FB pages, Facebook groups can be a good platform for nonprofits to use for informal peer learning groups, getting feedback from your post passionate fans , or to cultivate and support a brand ambassadors group. Photo by Laughing Squid.

Applying Avinash Kaushik’s Best Social Metrics Framework for the New Facebook Insights Data

Beth Kanter

The panel featured some previews from a recent research study “ How Strong Is Your Social Net? He also points to a Twitter analytics tool called “ Crowdbooster ” Facebook Insights: Overview of Changes. The panel also featured, Mary Beth [.]

To Promote or Not to Promote? (…and Is That The Question?):GlobalGiving’s Experiment With Facebook Promoted Posts

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Almost weekly, there is yet another tool, feature, or tactic that you can you try using as part of your social media tool box. If you are a FB Page administrator, you probably noticed the new metric Facebook has on the bottom of every post showing how many people it reached.

Notes from Mari Smith Facebook Changes Webinar: Privacy Settings and A New Metric – People Talking About

Beth Kanter

Facebook Changes: A Complete Guide – by Mari Smith. Also, a few insights about the what the changes mean for Facebook pages. However, if you use your Facebook profile to connect with professional colleagues or want to promote your organization, you might consider this option.

Doonesbury Slaps Donald Trump With The No Asshole Rule - Bob.

Bob Sutton

This is especially true when it comes to selfish behavior; unvarnished self-interest is a learned social norm, not an unwavering feature of human behavior. How to Be a Good Boss in a Bad Economy| Featured HBR Article.   To my amazement, it features The No Asshole Rule , or as they call it "The No A - Rule."  Comment below or sign in with TypePad Facebook Twitter and more. Bob Sutton.

Facebook Platform

Tony Karrer

Stephen Downes picked up my post on Facebook As a Learning Platform. He commented: To be clear, I do not think that Facebook itself is really a learning environment. But it is still important, because it reveals many of the features future learning environments (and personal environments in general) will need to have. All of that said, Facebook is surprising me in terms of how well it works as a platform.

How Experimentation and Measurement Can Help Win A Little Bet with Facebook Promoted Posts

Beth Kanter

This month the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families presented the results of their experiment with promoted posts on Facebook for their Medicaid Toolkit Rollout. Understanding the Recent Facebook Algorithm Changes and What It Means for Nonprofits.

Detailed stats: Social networks dominate Internet usage, Australia still #1

Ross Dawson

Facebook completely dominates the social networking and blogging space, with over 70 times the next most prominent social networking site. Facebook also dramatically surpasses the amount of time spent on Google, however Google is still mostly not a destination site.

Will your privacy completely vanish? It depends how we use facial recognition

Ross Dawson

As the 2012 themes document notes, while Facebook has prominently launched its facial recognition technology, Apple and Google have facial recognition capabilities that they have not yet launched. ” Now Google+’s photo app has just launched a feature called Find My Face.

Book Giveaway: Facebook Marketing for Dummies

Beth Kanter

I ran into John Haydon who helped me with my new Facebook brand page. He presented me with a copy of new book, Facebook Marketing for Dummies. ” So, I immediately jumped to Chapter 6, “Enhancing Your Facebook Page with Applications.”

Google+ and the Unsettled World of Social Media

Andy McAfee

A lot of us don’t love that Twitter is limited to very short messages and Facebook connections are symmetric (if you’re my Fbook friend, I’m automatically yours), so G+ tackles these limitations.

LinkedIn Skills – Useful or Useless?

Dan Pontefract

The cynic in me believes this feature is simply an attempt by those at LinkedIn to accomplish their stated goal of building (and I would suggest selling) the world’s first economic graph. I don’t think the skills feature in LinkedIn is critical for success in your career.

Peeragogy

Jay Cross

Ask net-savvy younger workers how they would like to learn new skills, and they bring up the features they enjoy in other services: Personalize my experience and make recommendations, like Amazon. Make it easy for me to connect with friends, like Facebook.

The Internet is an energy management system

Euen Semple

"My friends, family and acquaintances are all on Facebook, where they add up to a bustling community I enjoy being part of. More than any particular feature that Mark Zuckerberg and company have cooked up, it’s the people in my life that make Facebook, well, Facebook. This post by Harry McCracken about the differences between Facebook and Google+ made me realise once again that the Internet is all about energy.

Tips and Cheat Sheets To Help Your Nonprofit Plan and Implement FB Brand Page Changes

Beth Kanter

Facebook made it official today on the Today Show no less. The long anticipated changes to Facebook brand pages – switching to the timeline format – is now available to all brand pages. Facebook made it official today on the Today Show no less.

Thoughts on Education in the 21st Century Organization

Kevin Wheeler

This slide show briefly highlights the changes that have occurred and some of the features of a learning system that begins to reflect the century we are living in. Send to Facebook. Old ways die hard. Corporations hang on to the actions that made them successful decades in the past, and seem powerless to change and adapt to changing environments and needs. Corporate education is often the last to change. Brick and mortar still dominate.

Do You Sociate? » Mini-Feed’s not in Wikipedia

Jerry Michalski

We can all make TV. Now what?

Doc Searls

Now pause to dig Facebook’s 10-year plan to build The Matrix. How long before Facebook buys Meerkat and builds it into Occulus Rift ? Apple and Microsoft, for example, are doing more and more to isolate personal data to spaces the individual controls and the company can’t see — and to keep personal data away from the advertising business that sustains Google and Facebook, which both seem to regard personal privacy as a bug in civilization, rather than a feature of it.

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Social tools or tools that are social?

Harold Jarche

They might all be called ‘social networks’, but Facebook is very different from Twitter, which is very different from Instagram, which is very different from Foursquare.

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The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM’s System 360 family of mainframes, announced in 1964, featured a common hardware architecture and operating system, enabling customers to upgrade their systems with no need to rewrite their applications. What do we mean by a platform ?

Why children (and adults) need to be on social media or get left behind

Ross Dawson

Yesterday the West Australian newspaper began a five-part series on children and social media, beginning with a feature article introducing the topic.

Apple’s content blocking is chemo for the cancer of adtech

Doc Searls

Here’s Apple’s tech-speak on the feature: Your app extension is responsible for supplying a JSON file to Safari. This puts them on the side of wheat, and Apple’s competitors — notably Google, Facebook and all of adtech — on the side of chaff. This is clearly to differentiate itself from the Googles and Facebooks of the world. The tide of popular sentiment is turning against tracking-based advertising — and Apple knows it.

How To Easily Repurpose Your Content for Social Channels

Beth Kanter

Many organizations create great content for their web sites or blogs and slightly tweak it for Facebook or Twitter – with a focus on making it visual. And, of course, there are benefits to visual content like increased engagement.

Information: What am I missing?

George Siemens

Commenting features of most. sites, Diigo, central tools such as Disqus, Facebook Connect. Landing (Elgg), Twitter, Facebook. What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? I’ve abused Kauffman’s concept of the adjacent possible by applying it to the new opportunities, untapped potential, and levels of complexity, that arise with the development of something new.

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RSS Changeover Day Experiences

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If you want to sign on to Digg, you have to use a Twitter, Facebook or Google account. So far as I can tell, there''s no recommendation feature, and you need to log into Google or Facebook to ''find'' friends. So today is the day Google Reader is vanishing from the web.

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My 1800+ LinkedIn Network Graphically Mapped

Dan Pontefract

When it first came out I thought the LinkedIn Labs feature known as “ InMaps ” was really cool. I’m Boycotting Mixtent, Here’s Why My Network is my Net Worth – Part II I Unfriended You On Facebook.

Take us to The Rivers

Doc Searls

Last June, the company pulled its iPad and iPhone app from iTunes and launched a new version of its website written in HTML5 , which can optimize the site for the device a reader is using and provide many features and functions that are applike.

What I Learned In London at the Future of Social Conference

Beth Kanter

The first half of the conference featured talks from three platforms that discussed future trends for social good. Kevin McSpadden, Facebook. Kevin McSpadden is the director of marketing and brand strategy at Facebook, joining the company 18 months ago.