July 11, 2011

10 social tools to put to work for your cause

Fablistic: Discover new products and places from people you trust.


Have you tried out these free apps and metrics tools?

Target audience: Nonprofits, social enterprises, brands, companies, cause organizations, educators, NGOs, Web publishers.

Guest post by Roberta Stanfield
HandsOn Network

Did you blink and suddenly realize everything around you is digital? The technology train is taking off! Here’s your ticket to reaching broader audiences with some useful social media tools.

Today we’ll take a look at 10 free social tools that we think will help make your day go smoother.


AppMakr: Make your own iPhone app

1AppMakr is a browser-based platform designed to make creating your own iPhone app quick and easy. Its free drag and drop tool enables anyone to build rich content-based apps using a point-and-click solution. AppMakr connects to existing RSS and social networking feeds for easier app integration. You can monitor downloads, create image galleries and post alerts to keep all of your users updated. Then AppMakr allows you to gather feedback on your app before publishing.


Peerindex: Measure social influence

2PeerIndex uses an algorithm to map influence on the social Web. The free service gives users influence rankings in predetermined categories so that, for example, nonprofits can determine which Twitter users exert the most sway in a given sector. A similar service is Klout.


RowFeeder: Free monitoring & analysis

3RowFeeder is the latest tool for social media monitoring and analysis. The free service makes it easy to input data and track keywords, hashtags or user names on Twitter and Facebook. And RowFeeder’s reports are compatible with Excel, allowing you to present your data professionally and easily.


Quixey: Find apps that do what you want

4Quixey is a functional search engine for applications. If you’re looking for an app but can’t put your finger on its name or description, you can use Quixey to search apps based on their functionality. Quixey produces the most relevant search results by searching blogs, forums, social media and other sources to learn about each app.


Panabee: Generate relevant domain names

5Panabee is a brainstorm engine for domain names. Its domain-name generator sifts through popular spellings and word pairings. Although many domain registrars have domain-name spinners that offer similar capabilities, Panabee’s specialty is in providing suggestions and phonetic variations of the domain name/phrase you’re interested in by querying Facebook, Twitter and the Web.


Bufferapp: Be awesome on Twitter

6Bufferapp offers a smarter way to schedule tweets. First, plan the tweets you want to share throughout the day. After you fill up your “Buffer” with your planned tweets, Buffer will schedule your tweeting day for you.  Simply keep that Buffer topped up and you’ll be an effortless 24/7 tweeting machine. Note: Other services, like Hootsuite and CoTweet, also let you schedule tweets for free. Continue reading

July 26, 2010

A developer’s 5 favorite social tools

Manage your project, create apps, share files & more

Target audience: Social change organizations, nonprofits, developers, open source advocates, educators. This is part of Creating Media, our ongoing series designed to help nonprofits and other organizations learn how to use and make media.

Guest post by Nathan Freitas

Here are five social tools I use on a regular basis as a mobile technology enthusiast and developer. Many of these deserve wider exposure to the social change community:

Redmine: Open source project management

1Get your project and team organized with Redmine, an open-source “Basecamp on Steroids” solution you can host in any Ruby on Rails environment. The service has tons of plug-ins, themes and a deep set of administrative options.

Appmakr: Build an app for your cause

2SMS campaigns are so 2008. Anyone can build an iPhone app for their cause using Appmakr, a Web-based, configuration driven service. Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Beth Kanter and Newsweek are among those who’ve used Appmakr to build lightweight apps for the iPhone.

Mayfirst/People Link: Building a just world

3Pry yourself away from Google and move your email and hosting to a geeky, movement-oriented cooperative based in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), NY, that will fight Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices, provide you with a secure OpenID and “teach you how to fish,” so to speak. MF/PL is an organization that redefines the concept of Internet Service Provider in a collective, progressive and collaborative way. Continue reading