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Friday Feed on July 20, 2012: Infographics, volunteer management, memes and more

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So I've been slipping a bit when it comes to the Friday Feed, but reading this post from Tools for Change encouraged me to try to post a bit more regularly (since it's been 3 months since the last one, that shouldn't be too hard!). Anyway get excited - I have some great stuff in store for you this week.

How Infographics Can Help Your Nonprofit

Like any other bandwagon, I don't think it's worth doing infographics just because you read on the internet that they are cool. Having said that, a well-thought-out infographic can make information much easier to read and absorb than long paragraphs of text, as you can see in the example on the right. This post has a few more "before" and "after" examples that show the difference infographics can make. I also found this recently which may help: 10 Awesome Free Tools to Make Infographics.

Survey of Software Tools Used to Track and Manage Volunteer Information

This is a survey of 240 organizations about how they manage volunteers. It is interesting to see the range of software tools that are used and what features volunteer managers need. If you are looking for a new tool, don't expect that this will help you to pick a volunteer management tool - but it will help give you a sense of what your peers are using.

The 10 Step Blog Plan

"Don't make blog planning a six-month process. A little planning will go a long way towards making your blog more successful. A lot of planning will just slow you down. Use these steps as a guideline. Jot down some notes, have a couple meetings, and start blogging!"

You Can Has Memesez? Three guidelines for any nonprofit looking to join an Internet meme

This is more than just Friday fun - joining in on an internet meme (an idea that spreads online) can be a great way to gain visibility, get your team involved and connect with supporters. Of course, it's important to stick with your voice and mission, so this post discusses some guidelines to keep in mind. For an example, check out this video from Sesame Street of Cookie Monster singing "Share it maybe" - a spoof of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call me maybe":

And if that seem's like too much work, here's Greenpeace's spoof: Hey I just met you and this is crazy; but my iceberg's melting so sign and save me