Libraries & Google+: Yet Another Platform to Reach Users

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So if you represented a nonprofit organization that provided services to individuals and were looking to grow your organization’s sphere of influence, increase user interaction and engagement, and at the same time gather demographic information about your users by using a new tool, would you present it to your boss/supervisor/managers?  What if it didn’t cost you anything to implement, besides time to plan and maintain your organizational message?  What if you knew you could recruit others in your organization to help you with the workload, as mentioned, whereby the additional work would be negligible?  You would do it right??!!!  OF COURSE YOU WOULD!

This is exactly what is happening with libraries throughout the United States.  A great number of libraries are creating organizational accounts on Google+, since Google only recently made its social networking platform available for this.  David Rapp of the Digital Shift blog describes the use of this new service for libraries in his post Libraries on Google+.  Accordingly, since the inception of Google+ in June of 2010, over six months ago, there are now 40 million individual using it, and libraries are now signing up in the same fashion and at a comparable rate to create their own organizational accounts.
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Non-profit use of Social Media and its Impact: Social Media Study

This is the fourth post of a four part series devoted to social media’s use within nonprofit organizations, Social Media Study.  The first post of the series is Engagement & Empowerment, the second is Increasing Presence & Transparency, and the third is Funding.

Social Media Study

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A 2008 study conducted by Mashable.com of 426 donors responding to 30 questions revealed interesting results that are directly related to the impact of social software on donations to non-profit organizations.  The questions dealt with the age distribution of social software donors, desired conversation topics, and social media use.
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Non-profit use of Social Media and its Impact: Funding

This is the third post of a four part series devoted to social media’s use within nonprofit organizations, Funding.  The first of the series was Engagement & Empowerment and the second was Increasing Presence and Transparency.

Funding

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Social software’s impact on fundraising for nonprofit organizations has been significant.  When supporters are able to more easily make donations using social software, they gain a greater sense of community and ownership of the ideas embodied in the organizations they are supporting.

This technology has made it easier for organizations to raise funds through allowing third party developers the chance to create widgets that can be embedded in existing non-profit Web pages.  One such example is Razoo’s Donate Anywhere widget, which allows widgets to be embedded in their social media platforms, Facebook or Twitter, or on their own fundraising site per Livingston(2010).  Another example of using social software for fund raising is to use a person-to-person approach.

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Non-profit use of Social Media and its Impact: Increasing Presence & Transparency

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This is the second post of a four part series devoted to social media’s use within nonprofit organizations, Increasing Presence and Transparency.  The first of the series was Engagement & Empowerment.

Increasing Presence & Empowerment

Social software tools allow nonprofit organizations the ability to communicate with the world and their supporters much faster and easier than in the past.  Images and updates are much easier to share and post, lending quicker gratification to those supporters involved and greater encouragement for more passive supporters.  These tools are the driver behind informing interested parties and the world of their goals and the impact a non-profit has had, which may increase overall support.

Nonprofit organizations have many avenues to choose from to increase their Web presence and organize more and more supporters through social software technologies and platforms.  One sure way to increase online presence is to take advantage of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Flickr.  By connecting any mixture of these platforms together and leveraging them with the existing Web site, a nonprofit stands to grow its membership and supporters greatly.  For instance, creating a Facebook fan page for a nonprofit allows for uploading different media content for your fans to view.  It also allows fans the opportunity to communicate with each other and the organization using a platform they are already familiar and comfortable with.
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Nonprofit use of Social Media and its Impact: Engagement & Empowerment

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Social software has infiltrated many aspects of our daily lives.  This technology’s ubiquitous acceptance by society can be seen in mass media and even heard on the radio.  Network television content will regularly ask for feedback or be holding a contest that involves their Facebook page or their Twitter account and how their viewers can follow them or interact with the personalities viewers see when they turn to that station.

Using social software in this way creates another avenue for individuals to interact and communicate.  This technology has a built-in, inherent inclusiveness to it, which lends itself well to promoting ideas, ideals, and even mass media content to large groups of online users.  In this way it allows groups of individuals to create communities based on their loose affiliations, which promotes the growth of these communities.
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