April 4, 2009

Fair use in the digital age

by JD Lasica

How does fair use work in an age of social media? Fair use — the tradition that individuals may make use of copyrighted works for a range of purposes that are legal — is enshrined in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act. Other countries have their own versions of fair use. Many people mistakenly believe fair use gives them … Continue reading

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April 1, 2009

What is RSS?

by JD Lasica

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) refers to news and content that comes to you. More and more people are zeroing in on the material they want — content from bloggers, news outlets, even advertisers — and getting it through online subscriptions rather than through random Web surfing. RSS lets publishers stream content instantly to users who have subscribed to their feeds, … Continue reading

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March 31, 2009

WordPress and TypePad compared

by JD Lasica

Both services are versatile, but WP has pulled ahead People still ask us all the time which blogging platform they should use. (Micro-answer: It depends on what’s important to you.) During the first few months of 2009, we decided to launch two new ventures — Socialmedia.biz and Socialbrite.org — on WordPress.org platform. Let me explain why. I’ve been blogging since … Continue reading

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March 2, 2009

Monitoring blog conversations

by Guest

With millions of blogs out there, it can be hard to keep up on all the latest postings about topics you’re interested in. Traditional search engines, such as Google, can take days to index all the blogs on the Web. But with blogs, we talk about news, events and everything else in almost real-time. Continue reading

February 23, 2009

How does mobile giving work?

by Katrin Verclas

Mobile fundraising is taking off — or so at least hope nonprofits hard hit by the economic downturn. Organizations are looking for a new channel for people to give on the spot, wherever they are, with their phones and a quick text message. Mobile giving via SMS in the United States and many other parts of the world, has been … Continue reading

December 11, 2008

A guide to cause agents and change makers

by JD Lasica

Tom Watson, one of the people who have made a difference in this space, has written a new book, CauseWired, and here’s a review I published to Amazon.com: In the past two years I’ve been more and more drawn to the world of social causes. (I’m the co-founder of Ourmedia.org and have participated in some Social Media Camps.) But something … Continue reading