When it comes to online tools for nonprofits, NGOs, schools, government programs and other mission-based organizations to use with clients, volunteers, employees, donors and others, I have strong feelings about some being better than others.
(What?! Me?! “Strong feelings”?! Surely I jest…)
Here is my super-simplified views on such:
|Flickr||>||(for photo sharing)|
|YahooGroups||>||LinkedIn groups||(for discussions & networking)|
|Google Groups||>||LinkedIn groups||(for discussions & networking)|
|YahooGroups||>||Google Groups||(for discussions & networking)|
|Google Calendar||>||Yahoo Calendar||(for private use or sharing with others)|
|Thunderbird||>||Microsoft Outlook||(for reading email on a computer instead of the cloud)|
|Firefox||>||MS Internet Explorer||(for web browsing)|
|NeoOffice||>||Microsoft Office||(for documents, spreadsheets, slide shows/presentations, etc.)|
|>||(for networking with other agencies)|
|Girl Guides of Canada Facebook page||>||Girl Scouts of the USA Facebook page||(for networking with other agencies)|
|Girl Guides of Canada Twitter feed||>||Girl Scouts of the USA Twitter feed||(for networking with other agencies)|
Okay, those last two aren’t tools – they are organizations. But I’m blown away at how awesome the Girl Guides of Canada organization is on Facebook and Twitter, as opposed to their USA counterpart, and I think compairing their social media use, side-by-side, is a really great tutorial on how to effectively use social media to engage, not just broadcast.
Okay, let’s see your list. Keep the “why” brief.