NpTech Tag New Year's Reflections, Predictions, and Best Ofs
What are some of the ways that the social web marks the New Year? Let's take a look.
Chronicle of Philanthropy has a roundup of predictions for 2008 from nonprofit leaders, including Daniel Ben-Horin, founder of CompuMentor who predicts, "Successful nonprofit players in the social media space will those who understand the opportunity without being seduced by it." Also quoted is Sean Stannard-Stockton, author of the Tactical Philanthropy blog was also quoted and he shares his expanded predictions here, including "Charities recognize the potential of social-media tools and finally get serious about integrated online strategies."
Lucy Bernholz points to an NY Times editorial on embedded giving with a prediction about what will continue to work best with giving to charity. The Selfish Giving Blog by Joe Waters gives us some tongue and check predictions about Cause Marketing.
For social media and technology predictions, here's a few from the Read/Write Web.
I wonder how Jason Zanon at DIA would score those predictions? And speaking of predictions, in December 2006, Jon Stahl predicted that the Web2.0 bubble would burst.
Over the course of the last year, I've been in engaged in a monthly real-time voice discussion with colleagues at CpSquared about online communities, specifically tagging communities and the community sits behind the NpTech tag. I came across Jeremiah Owyang's definition of online community -"An online community is: Where a group of people with similar goals or interests connect and exchange information using web tools" and it defines the tagging community.
But over the past few months, I have noticed, like Amy Gahran, that as I've engaged more in using Twitter, I'm connecting with resources and people more on Twitter than with social bookmarking tools. I still bookmark items with the nptech tag and I still monitor the tag stream, but on Twitter I feel more of a connection to the actual person, not just the exchange of information. The main reason I'm still tagging is for retrieval when asked for a resource on and to write this summary.
But, there's something about the instant gratification Twitter provides, that just-in-time byte of information. I am wondering how all relates to the NpTech tag community and what it means. How do we continue to connect and have a conversation facilitated by different social media tools? How to make these summaries more useful to you all? Thoughts, leave them in the comments.
Social Media Conversations
Marnie Webb writes about why nonprofit should stop lecturing and start listening and her experiences from a recent hands-on workshop where nonprofits were taught how to follow what was being said about their causes or organizations on the social web. If you are in a position of teaching this skill to nonprofits, what do you show them? How do you make easy? What is the reaction?
Beth Dunn asks "Do Social Networks mostly promote inclusion or exclusion?" and writes about how to engage more deeply in conversation on Twitter. She says how important it is to be open, transparent, humble, and receptive to comments and criticism is on the social web. What do you think?
On blogs, comments are the conversation. Michele Martin wrote this piece about the six reasons why people aren't commenting on your blog in reaction to a piece by Chris Brogan called "The Power of Comments" where the post was in the comments. I'd add to her list, because you didn't end your post with question. Michele wrote an excellent post summarizing her reader's comments about commenting.
There's a gem of an idea from one of Michele's readers, Sarah Stewart, about writing a statement on your blog about why commenting is important to you.
Katya Andresen has some great advice on building relationships on social networks.
Marnie Webb points to hashtags with a note in Ma.gnolia.com, "Seems like it could be a way to tweet for causes." Laura Whitehead describes "it as an easy way to track a specific topic or event such as the San Diego Fires using the Twitter network. This allows for hyper-instant communication surrounding disaster relief and reporting." Elsua notes "If only Hashtags would be a native feature from Twitter, right? Things would be even much more interesting!"