Net Tuesday Meetups in August

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It's that time of the month again, Net Tuesday time!  Below are details for upcoming NetSquared Meetups in San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.  To RSVP, just join your city's .

If you'd like to start a in your city, email Gina Cardazone at gcardazone AT compumentor dom com.

San Francisco
Speaker: Teck Chia of
Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 PM
Location: Hotel Utah, 500 4th St. @ Bryant
Gabbly chat was used for the remote portion of the NetSquared Conference. Teck and Flora from Gabbly chat will participate in an online and offline chat about Gabbly.  

Feed the Need: Podcasting for the Nonprofit Sector

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Corey at the always has great nonprofit news on his show. In his July 10th show, he talked about a relatively new podcast I thought folks might be interested in, the podcast by Daryl Cognito.  Daryl is a social worker in Canada who has worked in the nonprofit sector for 16 years.  His show focuses on how nonprofits can use podcasts to further their missions.

Deaf, gay and out for blood: an interview with blogger Ricky Taylor of RidorLive

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Ricky D. Taylor calls himself arguably the most controversial deaf blogger in America. At the very least he is one of the most popular and thought provoking.

After almost three years of blogging, Taylor's blog has built an impassioned readership that almost every blog on the web would be envious of. Ricky's long, almost daily posts on politics in the deaf community and elsewhere usually get more than 50 comments each from readers.

In the following interview we talked about how Ricky built his readership and the role of multimedia in deaf communities. I'm very excited to be able to post this interview, it was a lot of fun.

Charity social network site with evaluations, feedback on screenshots?

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As a student Interaction design in the Netherlands, I'm working on a charity social network site with evaluations for my graduation. The goal is to make it easy to find a charity that fits your intentions and you can trust.

I've made some screenshots in photoshop. At this moment I have about a week to hand in the concept document and I could use your feedback. You can see the screenshots and read more about my project at my project weblog:

To learn more about the project, you can also watch (10 min.).

How to Use Your Blog for Disaster Relief

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One of the I went to at this weekend was about how to use your blog to help with disaster relief.  The panelists were Grace Davis of and , who used their blogs to coordinate donations after Hurricane Katrina, and Dina Mehta of and the , who co-created a community blog and wiki after the tsunami.

Christine Herron, of summarized the presentation beautifully in her post, , and I wrote up my notes on the site.

You can also read a discussion from last fall of how bloggers can take action during a disaster at Jeff Jarvis'

US House passes DOPA, schools must block access to social networking sites

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, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), was passed by a tonight. If the Resolution becomes law social networking sites and chat rooms must be blocked by schools and libraries or those institutions will lose their federal internet subsidies. According to the resolution's top line summary it will "amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require recipients of universal service support for schools and libraries to protect minors from commercial social networking websites and chat rooms."

The rhetoric from advocates was all about MySpace. For example, Texas Republican Ted Poe says, "social networking sites such as MySpace and chat rooms have allowed sexual predators to sneak into homes and solicit kids."

I just covered this in more detail, with links to key resources for ongoing updates, .

Eat In, Act Out

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The Massachusetts-based nonprofit, the is putting on it's annual , and you can participate! Next Week (July 31st-August 6th) make an effort to, eat in (use local food and cook food yourself instead of going out), and act out (speak up and take action to promote local food).

You can find places selling local food near you through the site, search for Eat In, Act Out events near you, or add your own, on the , and read more about the Food Project on their

I've been reading a lot about food lately because earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview Anna Lappé, author of , and co-author, with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, of .

Here are are some links from the Community Food Audit form in the back of Grub (you can download it on their too) to help you find your local:

* Farmer's market:
* CSA Farm: and
* Food Coop:
* Grocery Store with Local Foods:
* Organic Meat & Dairy/Egg Provider:
* Community Garden:
* Elected Officials:
* School Food Resources: and
* & Other Community Food Resources:

Happy Eating!

Podcast Tools Comparison Chart

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A resource came across the that I thought I'd share. It is a comparison chart of podcasting tools called created by Adam Varga. It compares podcast flash players, portable audio recorders, podcast advertising companies and music providers/licensors. Soon Adam is going to add comparisons of podcast hosting services, web applications for self-publishing, podcast networks, and books written for podcasters.


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