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A long overdue follow up to my post on 29 Nonprofit Bloggers to Follow on Twitter, below are 29 nonprofit resources that tweet regularly on subjects ranging from fundraising to social media to mobile communications. Of course, there are many...
The new Twitter profile launched late September. Find out how to take advantage of the new system and create a great Twitter profile for your nonprofit.  
Social media and high technology are subverting the economy's traditional, top-down hierarchies. As consumers gain leverage, corporations are learning to obey.
Sending a tweet into the Twitterverse without a proper tag is like stocking a library with no regard to author or subject matter. Your messages may go unread and opportunities to connect with others may be missed. We wrote earlier about how...
What is a hashtag? What does it do? How do you create one? Inbound Internet Marketing Blog explains.  
Twitter really shines as a communications tool when you use it with hashtags. Hashtags are words or phrases prefixed with the hash symbol (#), #justinbeiber for example.
When exactly are your best times to tweet? With over 200 million tweets posted each day, this is a very important question to tackle. When you better time your tweets, you’re better able to reach your followers. Furthermore, knowing when they’re...
Overwhelmed by new features? Tickers? Open Graphs? What about Hangouts and Circles? Well, Twitter doesn't have those things. Twitter still exists because it's not going bananas with new features all the time. There's no room. Hell, it only got photo...
HelpAttack.com is a way to give to nonprofits with each Tweet and Facebook update.  We’ve recently added the ability to give each time certain #hashtags appear on Twitter, and Beth invited us to discuss what that might mean for networked nonprofits...
What makes one tweet get passed on, and not another? On Twitter, your followers can repeat your messages to their own followers. Getting such retweets is a way to increase your profile and network size, and it's arguably part of the reason why many...
Twitter really shines as a communications tool when you use it with hashtags. Hashtags are words or phrases prefixed with the hash symbol (#), #justinbeiber for example.
For some time now, I've had data that has shown that including "Please ReTweet" in tweets works, but I've gotten some questions recently that made me really want to put forward the most conclusive evidence I could find to address this point.
Over the past couple of years, John Haydon has received hundreds of questions on how to use Twitter. Based on these questions, he has assembled a “resource page”, which he updates every month or so. You’ll see several categories below, and a free...
Twitter users have developed short-form syntax to make the most of 140 characters. Here are the fundamentals.
Retweeting is an integral part of the Twitter experience. The retweet (or “RT”) allows Twitter users to share the best links, tweets, and gems they find from others using the service. But for beginners, it’s not immediately obvious what retweets are...
Here are tutorials the Socialbrite team has created to help show nonprofits, cause organizations, businesses and individuals how to effectively use social media. Most of their tutorials are short video screencasts.
Twitter Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations
Twitter is immensely useful as a utility for joining in the global conversation and sharing thoughts, opinions, information, and media. But for new users, there’s also a fairly steep learning curve. For many people new to Twitter, the site doesn’t...
Want your Twitter profile to stand out and clearly communicate your personal or company Brand? You’ve probably noticed that Twitter comes with some standard backgrounds patterns that you choose from to customize your Twitter profile’s appearance. ...
Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, and thousands more are signing up every day to send short messages to groups of friends. But where’s the user manual for Twitter? Where do new Twitter users go to learn about Tweeting, retweets...
Live-tweeting -- the kind of tweeting where you replay to your Twitter followers what people are saying at an event in real time -- is something that seems to be gaining popularity at conferences around the nonprofit circuit. It can be fun to do on...
When a tweet generates a reply (aka @) or a retweet (aka RT), it suggests the tweet has resonated enough with someone that it sparks a conversation or encourages someone to share it with their followers.
How you say something is often as important as what you say – especially with social media tools like Twitter. All users on Twitter can choose between four methods of posting a tweet: Plain, Re-Tweet, Reply and Direct Message.  For small businesses...
Just starting out on Twitter? Looking for some Twitter Tips to get you started?
Tagging helps to organize and share our online information with others. By attaching one or more keywords to a Flickr photograph, for example, we group it together with others that have the same tag. Hashtags serve a similar purpose on Twitter, the...
One of the most complex features of Twitter for new users to understand is the hashtag, a topic with a hash symbol (“#”) at the start to identify it. Twitter hashtags like #followfriday help spread information on Twitter while also helping to...
If used correctly, #hashtags can be very useful to nonprofits on Twitter. Hashtags allow your organization to participate and inspire conversations (and in the process get new followers) and organize the Twitterverse around campaigns (#climatechange...
What is a #hashtag? A hashtag is the symbol: #. (See the definition in Socialbrite’s glossary.) It is also a Twitter term that describes a keyword, prefixed by that symbol, that helps people track conversations on Twitter.

Infographic

Around 3 million questions are asked on Twitter each month, and the questions range from tech support and product recommendation requests to job and relationship advice, as well as pleas for new music.

Video

John Haydon caught a post on Twitter from Ian Wilker about feeding your Twitter stream with your Flickr activity. This is a great approach for businesses or non-profits who communicate their impact with images, but have limited time for social media...
This is a video tour of the new and improved Twitter by @johnhaydon
A quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter.