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Thinking about Facebook Connect

15 Jun

I am still a little fuzzy about all the instances that a site could implement FB Connect. I know that it allows you to discuss what occurs on a particular site with your Facebook friends. I also know that it allows you to bring more users to the site that implements it, b/c in your connection to Facebook, you are also, in turn, promoting your comment to your own FB network, who may not have thought about going to that site. It makes the network-within-a-network factor easier to happen. It makes more sense for TechSoup to implement FB Connect, for example, than not. This is because a user may want to highlight a post on our blog, or an article, and their comments beneath it, but would love the feedback of their own pre-sorted community (in this case, the NP Tech community.)

So, it makes sense for a site and it makes sense for a user/commenter/engager.

I read this article Six Months In, The 10 most Interesting Cases of Facebook Connect and I was distressed to see that none of these cases were coming from Nonprofits.

Do you know of any?


Domestic Service as a community tool?

15 Jun

I am noticing that a lot of domestic service sites are popping up.  Criag Newmark’s Craigslist for service site, All For Good just launched.  Read  JD Lasica’s write up about it

I am wondering if the KIVA USA site and the Extrordinaries or All For Good are working to connect the volunteers with each other. These are all sites that will be effective in getting people to do service, but let’s try to build community within these activities, so it’s not just about people doing work for themselves, but also taking advantage of the fact that there are many other people who share similar goals. This falls under the umbrella of the type of community that take advantage of people sharing a similar focus or mission. Online Community is an invisibile, intangible collection of people who are working together toward a similar goal or focus.

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