Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Have Fun and Do Good List

Britt wrote an entry on her blog titled How to Find Your Way to Have Fun and Do Good. She asks for others to make their own list, so I made a list.

My Have Fun
  • Play with social media
  • Read blogs
  • Update website content
  • Code in HTML
  • Internet research
  • Learn about how different places use social media
  • Writing
  • Analyzing data
  • Play games
  • Solve puzzles
  • Staying busy with different groups I am involved in
  • Meet new people

My Do Good

  • Being a leader
  • Volunteering
  • Sharing resources with others

My Have Fun, Do Good

  • Writing a blog about topics I enjoy to research about and write (this blog, Emily's World)
  • Volunteer my time to write a blog to share resources with others and connect nonprofit bloggers with each other (Nonprofit Blog Exchange)
  • Analyze web analytics for both blogs
  • Work on websites for large nonprofit organizations or associations (past jobs I had)
  • Being a leader in organizations by planning events for young professionals in the DC area

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How Breast Cancer Awareness Groups Use Facebook and Twitter

I read an article on titled
'Social' Support: Breast cancer groups use Facebook, Twitter to boost awareness.

Here are some interesting facts from the article:
  • Breast cancer groups use social media to reach people who might not otherwise hear their message.
  • Breast cancer groups have different objectives and different groups they try to reach.
  • Volunteers for the American Cancer Society use social media to get the word out about events.
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure uses its Facebook page, which has more than 280,000 likes, to drive traffic to its website. People are coming to their website to learn more about the information they are posting.
  • Twitter is also useful for posting information about events. Followers of a group can retweet messages for their followers to see.

After reading this article, I started thinking about nonprofits using Facebook and Twitter.

Here are my thoughts:
  • Organizations can encourage their supporters to post information about upcoming events and campaigns on both Facebook and Twitter.
  • Use Facebook and Twitter to post links from your organization's website. Link to new reports, studies, press releases, new resources, and any other new content on the website. Followers and people who like your organization do not check your organization's website daily. They can see your new content through links on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Organizations reach new people through social media.