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Friday Feed - Great resources from the web - October 14, 2011

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In order to stay up to date on what's going on in the world of technology - and nonprofit technology in particular - I follow quite a few blogs and twitter feeds. There's a lot of great content out there but if you don't have the time to stay on top of things (and even if you do!) it can be overwhelming. So, for those of you who have less time to do all this "listening" on nonprofit technology, I'm posting a blog each Friday with the top resources I found in the last week.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Digital Team

SilosThis article is a must-read for medium-large nonprofits (and smaller ones as well) struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving world of digital technology (email, web, social media, mobile). Be sure to also read the follow up article, Four Models for Managing Digital at Your Organization, which explains four different models for how digital can be managed and which model will give you the best results.

How the Top 50 Nonprofits Do Social Media

This infographic looks at the top 50 earning nonprofits in the US and analyzes their social media presence and results. "The bottom line is that income does not increase a nonprofit's visibility and interactions in the social media world. Some of the most social media savvy organizations are in the bottom quarter bracket in terms of income, yet they are clearly active on social media. It's about fostering conversations and interactions, not money. These are the keys to keeping up in the fast-paced arena of social networks." (empahsis mine)

When I talk about privacy in the cloud I describe it as a balance or tradeoff of risks. This is one of the risks of the cloud, and it does happen. How often does it happen? Fortunately Google makes this information public in their Transparency Report, which tracks metrics on how often they are requested to hand over data to the government and how often they comply.

The Agile NonProfit: A Quick Start Guide to Iterative Web Development

This is a great, easy-to-read document by CivicActions (a company that does web development for social causes) explaining the Agile method of web development and the many benefits that it has for nonprofits. Moreso than traditional methods, Agile allows for more input from the users throughout the project and makes sure that you always have a useful product - very important in case your funding gets cut halfway through the project. 

Photo by Jukka Vuokko