Net2 Recommends - December's Interesting Posts From Around The Web

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The NetSquared team reads and shares lots of different blog posts, articles, reports, and surveys within our team. We have a lot of fun sharing within the team and it occurred to us that we should start sharing them with you, too! Net2 Recommends is a monthly series of news and blog posts from around the web that we found interesting or inspiring, mind-bending or opinion-changing, fun or just plain weird.



NSPCC raises £100,000 from mystery Facebook campaign
Third Sector
Remember that campaign that asked people to change their profile pictures to cartoons? It wasn't led by any cause, but the popularity brought in a cool £100,000 for the NSPCC. Not bad!


Don’t Merge Your Nonprofit Facebook Page With Places Page by Ivan Boothe
Beth's Blog
"If you’re a nonprofit with a mailing address, you may have already received the card in the mail from Facebook: An invitation to claim your organization’s Facebook Places page. Don’t do it: You will lose more than you will gain."

Teach Parents Tech
from Google
Teach Parents Tech is a new site designed to allow you to select any number of simple tech support videos to send to mom, dad or uncle Vinnie. We think these are excellent tools for helping you to help your not-so-tech-savvy nonprofit colleagues - or perhaps even your service recipients!

The big picture

Social Networks Meant for Social Good, but at a Price
Crowdrise, Jumo, Causecast and Causes are all online spaces designed to promote awareness-raising and fundraising for nonprofits. In this article, Stephanie Strom delves into how these sites work and the funding behind them.

It's About Impact NOT Influence
In this post, Allyson Kapin explains the importance of IMPACT as the goal for social media outreach by organizations. Learn the difference between influence and impact and how you can use influence to create real impact for your organization.

Technology Trends for Nonprofits in 2011
"How should nonprofits position themselves in this ever changing world of technology? How important is it for them to understand and keep up with the new trends in technology? To answer these questions and more, we at Smart Online™ used this last quarter of 2010 to try and unravel the ‘Technology Trends for Nonprofits’ in 2011. We hope that nonprofits will find this trend(y) report handy in planning their technology strategies for the New Year!"

The Scale of the Universe
Okay, this is the REALLY big picture. Ever wondered how small we really are? This visualization will blow your mind.

Think twice

Wouldn't you like to have a low bandwidth version of Skype?
Skype is creating a bespoke low-bandwidth version of the software for use in remote areas of the world. While this sounds like great news, this blog post (and the excellent follow-up comments) share how this isn't quite as exciting as the headlines would suggest. 

Beth Kanter campaigns for better iPhone app donation integration
Beth's Blog
Beth has started a campaign to both put pressure on Apple and inform the public about improving the donation system through Apple App Store items. If you agree that Apple should do more to help nonprofits solicite donations through iPhone apps, please sign the petition.



Do you have a post from the last month that you'd like to share? Either post a comment below or write your own post, here, on the NetSquared Community blog.



Image courtesy Beth Kanter