The Permanent Disruption of Social Media

Social media has chipped away at the foundation of traditional donor-engagement models. A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective.

Fantastic article. Nonprofits and those involved with fundraising, please take the time to read and reflect on how you can reshape strategies for helping your cause.

An excerpt that I really like is the below graphic and accompanying explanation. Organizations on whole need to move towards a vortex model to maximize internal resources and outward impact, but they can’t forget the pyramid model, either.

The Permanent Disruption of Social Media

A most sincere thank you.

Recently, I’ve gotten a few lovely out-of-the-blue emails from people who read this blog. I’m humbled and want to thank everyone for listening to my miscellaneous thoughts and reflections, and together exploring my passions, questions, and ideas. It’s fun for me to write, and it pushes me to think bigger and have conversations I wouldn’t otherwise have. I hope that the occasional post does that for you, too.

I suppose I could queue this post up for Thanksgiving, but why wait, right? THANK YOU for reading, commenting, reflecting, sharing, and using the blog to spark new conversations.

Someone asked me recently where I get all of the content and ideas for posts. Here’s the answer: through all of you. Almost everything comes directly or indirectly from what people in my network share via conversation, email, facebook, twitter, gchat status, or blogs. I’m constantly amazed by the scope of knowledge and information out there, and I’m lucky to have my ear to the ground in so many different places so that I can grab hold of those topics that are particularly interesting. I’m constantly learning from you, so thank you for that, too.

Obviously, I always love hearing from you, the awesome reader, so drop me a line or tweet me or chat via tumblr anytime. I mean it. And thank you, again.

What’s Wrong With #FirstWorldProblems

Check out this short but to-the-point look from The Atlantic at #firstworldproblems, which you’re undoubtedly familiar with if you’re on the internet. (If you are not familiar, click on the hashtag and read a few.)

A teaser:

I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.

I have always felt mixed about this hashtag, because it’s kind of self aware and kind of perpetuates (often gross) dichotomy and/or ignorance. It also sounds flippant, and maybe shouldn’t be taken so lightly, although that irony and flippancy is also part of what twitter is great for.

Not only did this phrase of (in)sincere commentary grow online, but I have observed many (including myself) saying it offline, or IRL. If one of the goals of social connectivity online is to spark conversations offline, maybe there’s something here. BUT, perhaps unfortunately, the phrase is said more as a giggling joke than as a conversation about poverty or abuse or injustice; it’s just a way to characterize the (lack of) true importance of a problem.

Use it, don’t use it….whatever. I get it, and am still uncomfortable a bit by it. And maybe keep the conversation going?

What’s Wrong With #FirstWorldProblems

So much to learn about…. bedbugs?

The ancient Greeks ate w/ meat and beans to treat fevers, w/ beans for snake bites and w/ with wine/vinegar to get rid of leeches (@brookeborel)

Who’d have ever thunk?!

I’ve been following Brooke on Twitter for awhile, and she’s always tweeting fun facts about bedbugs.

The scientific name for the common is Cimex lectularius, which translates to bug of the bed/couch.  (@brookeborel)

A few months ago, when I did this fun little bedbug project, I became even more interested in these fascinating creatures. Sure, they’re the object of our nightmares and worst apartment experiences, but they have such a rich history and biology! Her tweets are a well-curated learning experience, and I recommend it highly if you can get over bedbugs being things that eat your blood at night. (Gross!) She’s compiling her research into a book all about bedbugs, which is totally weird and neat.

Here’s one more to make you want to learn more:

Female have their own antimicrobial protection, which they ramp up pre-feeding ( mating usually happens post-mealtime) (@brookeborel)

Why the “earthquake” and “hurricane” are just another government conspiracy.

1. It’s totally stimulating the economy.

2. It’s making people feel like the government is working for them.

3. It’s proving that climate change is real and putting it back on the political map.

4. It’s another reason they can cite Twitter as awesome and get them to work with the government more.

OK, in all seriousness, I KNOW – weather’s scientific. But these are actually lovely consequences, and I support this conspiracy (if nobody gets hurt).

(and NYC-ers, check out the evacuation zones below and be safe!)

A game of telephone.

An hour ago, a few tweets had eyewitness accounts and suspicions and questions flying around the Twitter. Was it a jumper? A bomb? A crazy gunman who had fired shots? A husband holding his wife hostage? In the Flatiron building? While I am in full support of receiving news on Twitter (and getting it sooner than anywhere else!), it’s also a reminder that it’s a double-edged sword, because the rumor mill that is Twitter resembles a game of telephone, in which there are often resemblances to truth but things that just got sincerely twisted.

Even when people know what’s true and what’s not quite accurate, they still have to build on all of the information to participate in the conversation. See, this is tagged #flatiron!

Hey, I’m all for it. It’s just crazy to watch a few tweets plus hardcore police involvement snowball into something epic.

A game of telephone.