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Yeah, you know: that Craig! The BBC reports on Craig Newmark's Craigslist and its "well over three billion page views" per month -- making it damn near as popular as my blog.

Everything about Craig and the company he incorporated, almost reluctantly in 1999, makes no sense in business terms. But that is its genius, and the reason why its users love it, and swear by it.

His mantras, which he articulated again from the podium of the New York Foreign Press Center, are that it is a real and reciprocal online community that is "just trying to give people a break" across the 190 cities it serves.

I Have a Dream

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! 

I want to say thanks to all of the folks who have shared their dreams and work for a better world by profiling nonprofits that are successfully using emerging technology to further their missions, by adding their sign and photo to our I Want Change! Flickr group and by posting in the NetSquared Community Blog.

Please keep sharing your dreams and work, and hopefully someday all of this positive energy towards change will help the world, "rise up and live out the true meaning of the creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'"

Moving Ideas, a project profiled in NetSquared in Action, has some great links to check out in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tips for adding RSS feeds on websites

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I have looked at a bunch of nonprofit websites which currently use RSS feeds. Many of these sites do not have much explanation about the RSS feed.

For example, the link says subscribe to RSS feed. What is the content of the RSS feed?

It helps to let the readers and users of your website know what the RSS feed is about.

I have also noticed alot of websites include information about RSS. There is information about what it is and how to subscribe. This is a great thing to add since many readers and users are not familiar with RSS.

 

 

BlogSafer.org - a Wiki About Blogging Safely

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"Across the globe, countries that discourage free speech have followed their citizens into the blogosphere. According to one count, in the last two years at least 30 bloggers (and there are no doubt more) have been interrogated, arrested, tortured and sentenced to long prison terms for the 'crime' of speaking critically about their governments. Regardless of your culture, your country, your politics or religion, we believe you deserve to speak your mind without falling afoul of state power." --from the introduction to BlogSafer.org, a wiki of Anonymous Blogging Guides.

Youth and the Web: Adam Fletcher from Free Child Project

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The Olympia, Washington based Free Child Project engages in a large number of activities to support youth led social change.  Their mission reads: The Freechild Project seeks to advocate, inform, and celebrate social change led by and with young people around the world, particularly those who have been historically denied the right to participate.

Adam Fletcher is the founder and director of Free Child.  We talked last week about the group's work.

Free Child produces presentations, trainings and publications around the US and internationally that highlight youth-led social change efforts.  The group emphasizes doing work with youth, as opposed to the normal models of doing work for youth.  Free Child seeks to give young people the tools they need to more effectively make signifigant social change wherever they are.

Their projects include service-learning, topic-specific workshops and activist group incubation.  The group does consulting with local and national non profit groups in strategic planning, capacity building and product development all with youth empowerment at the center  of their priorities.  They also perform networking services through conferences and online communications.  You can read more about the group's work on the Free Child Activities page.  The FreeChild resources page is a huge directory of youth led social change resources. 

Net NetSquared in Action: Connect for Kids

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Emily from the Nonprofit Blog Exchange recently profiled the DC nonprofit, Connect for Kids.  The Connect for Kids site provides information for adults about young people covering topics ranging from the arts to youth development, foster care to adoption, and welfare reform to health care.

They also have a blog where staff and guests can report on news and events and events that effect young people.

Demand Freedom of Expression in Cambodia

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I've been writing about this over at Cambodia4kids Blog and Global Voices Online, but you may not be aware of the Cambodian Government's actions to silence critics of the ruling party hit its peek when Human Rights activists Kem Sokha, Yeng Virak and Pa Nguon Teang were all arrested regarding banners displayed on Human Rights Day December 10, 2005. These newly detained activists were thrown into Prey Sar prison with journalist Mam Sonando and teacher's union leader Rong Chhun, who were both arrested 3 months ago for offering critical views on government's actions related to sensitive border issues between Cambodia and Vietnam.

So Many Things to Tell You About!!

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Wow, there is a lot of fun stuff going on right now at NetSquared!  Here is the scoop-a:

Last night was really fun at Net Tuesday.  Myles from Meetup gave a moving presentation about Meetup's work including showing a 2-minute movie that got me a little choked up.  You can watch it on this page. Just click on "Meetups: Then and Now."  Jason from Electric Frontier Foundation got everyone riled up over their digital rights and showed us lots of examples, including a moving photo from a Flickr campaign to stop the blocking of Flickr in the UAE.

(Whoops!  if you just read a shorter version of this post, I got really excited and hit preview instead of publish, more news below):

Ok, more things.  You can see Tech Soup's Partnership Manager, Billy Bicket, talking about NetSquared on GeekTV.

We have thirty new "I Want Change" photos in our Flickr group.

And, we've got a bee-u-ti-full selection of NetSquared badges that you can put on your blog, web site or email signature, here.

My First Blog Entry to Tell U about my OTHER Blog!

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Hello Net2 world!  I just wanted to test out the blogging capability here and direct everyone to my other blog, at the CTC VISTA Project at UMass Boston:

http://www.cpcs.umb.edu/vista/blog/danielle_martin/

From there, I'm writing about my work as the Curriculum Coordinator this year as an AmeriCorp VISTA, as well as my work as the Assistant Editor of the Community Technology Review

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