A week on Twitter in August 2014 – why the VCS should use it more

 

KeepCalmAndTweetI’m constantly encouraging VCS CEOs, Trustees and others working in the sector to use social media, particularly LinkedIn and Twitter, and here are 10 interesting things I tweeted about in the week just gone,which I hope helps to show why I think they should:

  • Aug 27: I passed on info about a project focused on researching the impact of openness in education to an academic colleague  in Ireland (someone I met on Twitter and now see in real life)
  • Aug 27: I mentioned that I had become one of 121 Net Squared local organisers around the world, along with my pal Paul Webster
  • Aug 27: I mentioned I’m running a social media workshop at a Disability & Mental Health Jobs Fair Sept 11
  • Aug 28: I asked if email spam is getting worse for everyone working everywhere as spammers take advantage of fewer and busier staff? Is it a security risk?
  • Aug 28: I asked a travel blogger friend who works in a foodbank what she thought about a story saying 10.5% of working parents in England skip meals to pay rent
  • Aug 28: I mentioned an upcoming conference call for women in the not for profit tech Sept 25 to a new CVS contact in Cumbria
  • Aug 28: I passed on a link on a beginners guide on how to make infographics
  • Aug 29: I said that The Digital Roadmap which helps libraries identify new technologies to implement could help the VCS too
  • Aug 30: I recommended a Model funders site to the regional funders network
  • Aug 30: I passed on a link about how to articulate a CRM Strategy

I also tweeted some greetings to friends so I did do some of the more ‘social’ side of social media but in the main, I tweeted about things which I think might improve our experiences of working in the VCS.

Maybe VCS colleagues pick up this sort of info elsewhere, maybe they think it’s not relevant to their work, maybe they’re already overloaded with information – I’d love to hear from some of you in response to this post and start a dialogue about it.

 

 

 

 

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The power of using your LinkedIn contacts – how to search them

 

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I was asked today if I knew anyone who had connections with a hospice – at first I thought I didn’t, but then I decided to leverage (see  my 2013 blog about this) my LinkedIn contacts.

Anyone on LinkedIn can do it – here’s the route: your profile -> Network -> Contacts ->  Advanced (on right of search box at top of page) – you use this page to filter your search e.g. you might just want a list of your ‘1st connections’ who know about hospices.

By doing this (using the filters on the left hand side of the page), I discovered I knew 6 people amongst my ‘1st connections’ who had a connection to a hospice – if I included my ‘2nd connections’, I found out that I know 931! I could then narrow the list further by using the ‘Location’, ‘Current Company’ and/or ‘Industry’ filters.

For me, it was enough to be able to choose from amongst my ‘1st connections’ but I was glad to know that I had further options, should I not have had any choice amongst them.

I was an early adopter of LinkedIn and I’m delighted that it’s standing the test of time – if you have any other questions about leveraging  it to help your business or community group and think I could help, please get in touch.