August 6, 2009

How the National Wildlife Federation uses social media

by JD Lasica

National Wildlife Federation from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Recently I had the chance to sit down with Danielle Brigida, social media outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, the enormously important nonprofit organization that inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. They do that by combating global warming, protecting wildlife and wildlife habitats and connecting people with nature. … Continue reading

August 3, 2009

All about Geeks for Good

by JD Lasica

All about the Summer of Social Good from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Did you know that this is the first Global Geek Week (Aug. 2-8)? It’s a way to promote the use of social media for the social good — which also happens to be identical to the mission of Socialbrite.org. On Twitter, go to the hashtag #geeks4good to see … Continue reading

July 23, 2009

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history

by JD Lasica

Here’s my friend, NYU prof Clay Shirky, giving a 15-minute TED talk on how social media is changing our media and cultural landscape. Specifically, Clay focuses on how the amateurization of media through Twitter, Facebook and text messaging helps citizens in repressive regimes to report on what’s happening, bypassing censors unless the government shuts off the Internet spigot entirely. The … Continue reading

July 18, 2009

Good.ly: a tiny url service for charity

by JD Lasica

Good.ly: a url shortener to benefit charity from JD Lasica on Vimeo. During the Traveling Geeks‘ visit to London last week, I twice met Alicia Navarro, founder and CEO of Slimlinks, an automated affiliate marketing service for blogs and websites. During our talk she mentioned a little-known service that deserves wider visibility: good.ly. In this one-minute video, Alicia describes how … Continue reading

July 17, 2009

BBC’s praiseworthy Save Our Sounds project

by JD Lasica

Save Our Sounds from JD Lasica on Vimeo. At the Traveling Geeks‘ Tweetup in the Chelsea district of London on July 5, I ran into Kate Arkless Gray, “microblogger-in-residence” at the BBC World Service, who looks after its Save Our Sounds project. SOS seeks to preserve disappearing sounds in society. Kate explains how the project has begun preserving users’ contributions … Continue reading