Being Curious for a Living: WordCamp Vancouver presentation

I spoke today at WordCamp Vancouver - a one-day conference for people who work with WordPress (including developers, designers and users). It was a great event, thanks to the hard work of the organizers. The presenters shared lots of very useful information on design and coding as well as about social media and web culture.

Exploring the Vancouver Arts Scene via Twitter

Between my personal background in -- and passion for -- music, and the fact that many of our nonprofit clients hail from the arts sector, I try to keep an eye on how arts groups are using social media to achieve their missions. In particular, lately I've been looking around on Twitter to see which Vancouver arts groups are doing interesting things in the Twitterverse.

Facebook Pages Vs. Groups

In preparing an upcoming presentation for a client I found myself leafing through notes and google searches to get an exhaustive list of the different between Facebook Pages and Groups (I know the general difference, but wanted to make sure I was 100% prepared to answer all the ins outs of each, and always like to check in on the latest happenings at evolving beast that is Facebook). Here are two great posts that outline the differences between the two, if you've found yourself wondering which is best for you organization/cause/business:

Widen your circle of influence (on zero dollars a day)

I've been thinking a lot about resistance to social media at the institutional level -- and I use the term "social media" very broadly here, to include any web-based tools that facilitate participation by your constituents (AKA "users," though I have a love/hate relationship with that word) -- especially as it relates to our clients in the nonprofit world. We hear a lot of fears about incorporating social media tools, some of which include:

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