28 November 2008

The Friday Top 5

My Top 5 Favorite Things about Thanksgiving:
  1. Getting to see Ms. Lily Fantastico, Duce, Emilea-Bedelia, Dorkman, and The Lovely Ms. Dorkman (aka, my brother and his family).
  2. PIE! Also, cranberries.
  3. Three football games in a row.
  4. Thanksgiving leftovers. Turkey soup anyone?
  5. Taking a day out to count my blessings. The pace of life in DC and as a busy association exec/consultant to associations keeps me from doing this as often as I should. Here's hoping you have MUCH to be thankful for in the coming year.

27 November 2008

Way Cool

MIT's Technology Review has an article about how new methods of imaging the brain are changing neurology. And the pictures, like the one above of the brain stem, are amazing. You have to log in (free) to read the article, but it's worth it.

26 November 2008

What I'm Reading

25 November 2008

Always the Last to Know - AwayFind

Drowning in email? Feel like you have to check in daily...even on your honeymoon?

Not anymore - SET Consulting has just released AwayFind, a program designed to get urgent messages to you, no matter where you are, while letting the chaff sit until you can get to it on your schedule.

It's free - it's web-based - it works with any email client - and it's just in time for the holidays. What are you waiting for?

(Don't skip Jared's fun video that explains the concept, either.)

24 November 2008

Social Media and the 2008 Elections

A little over a week ago, the American Political Science Association's Information Technology & Politics organized section sponsored a webcast about the role of social media in the 2008 elections. It featured the following speakers:
  • George Kilpatrick, Multimedia Advocate for New Inspiration for the Nation
  • Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco) at Syracuse University
  • G.R. Boynton,Professor of New Media and Politics at The University of Iowa
  • Renee Marlin-Bennett, Professor of Global Political Economy and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University
Awwwww....and you missed it!

Or did you?

The recording of the webcast, with the audio synced to the slides, is available online through Syracuse University and Elluminate.

Check it out!

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21 November 2008

The Friday Top 5

Top 5 Fun Things I'm Doing This Weekend:
  1. Oyster Riot!
  2. Trip to Litteri's.
  3. Reunion party with some friends and former colleagues I haven't seen in WAY too long.
  4. Eagles/Ravens game Sunday (preceded by EXCELLENT tailgating, which I'm going to need to fortify myself for the game, given how poorly my Iggles have been playing lately).
  5. Starting the Thanksgiving baking. Pie anyone?

20 November 2008

To Twitter or Not to Twitter...Part 2

Still wondering?

Check out the O'Reilly Radar report, Twitter and the Micro-Messaging Revolution: Communication, Connections, and Immediacy--140 Characters at a Time.

I quote from the report site:
This new O’Reilly Radar report reveals:
  • Best practices for micro-messaging in business
  • Pitfalls to avoid in this instant, very public medium
  • New methods for customer service and quick market research
  • How micro-messaging can help you reduce email and eliminate unproductive meetings

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19 November 2008

What I'm Reading

  • Just found Digital Labz, and I'm feeling the love. I particularly enjoyed The 14 Peculiar Social Media Users (I think I fall somewhere between Wide-Eyed Enthusiast and Second-Tier User), The 11 Rules of Social Media Etiquette (my favorite: rule 8 - Respect the Community), and Don't Believe These 10 Social Media Myths (the one I think is most common: Social Media Won't Last, aka "It's just a fad!")
  • All the weeping and wailing about the Eagles tie with the Bengals Sunday. I've seen people blame the coach, the QB, the offensive line, the officiating, sun spots, Roger Goodell, and my mom. Maybe it was just a bad day?
  • PostSecret. How did I not know about this before?
  • Jared on Tangents. When was the last time....?
  • Trying to keep close tabs on the YAP CAE Study Group as exam time approaches.
  • Still plodding through The Painter from Shanghai, but just not that interested, as it definitely feels like I've heard this story before. Maybe it will get more interesting later? How long do I give it?

18 November 2008

Web Usability for Associations: Designing for Your Members - The Recap

Want to find out how it went and get the slides?

Check out my post on the BFWire.

17 November 2008

Always the Last to Know - Username Check

Need to find out if someone's snatched your favorite screen name on a variety of socnets in about 30 seconds?

Usernamecheck to the rescue!

Shout out to Mads for the link

To Twitter or Not to Twitter...

That is the question.

Pistachio Consulting
has written a white paper that can help you answer it.

Enterprise Micro Sharing Tools Comparison 11032008

14 November 2008

The Friday Top 5

Top 5 things that I'm looking forward to about Web Usability for Associations: Designing for Your Members this afternoon:
  1. Introducing Beaconfire in an official way to the association community.
  2. Sharing some good content with association professionals.
  3. A chance to see some old association friends and meet some new people.
  4. Getting out of the office on a Friday afternoon.
  5. Wine & cheese networking reception! Woo-hoo!
Edited Monday, November 17 to add: Didn't make it? Check the BFWire within the next few days for a recap post and the slides.

13 November 2008

Help Write the May 2009 Issue of "Associations Now"

ASAE is trying a crowdsourcing experiment with the May 2009 issue of Associations Now.

How does it work?

November: suggest article topics on the SharePoint site.

December: vote to select the articles that will be written.

January: help ASAE find authors and other resources (sidebars, references) for the selected articles.

Got a great idea that you wish ASAE would cover? Now's your chance to make it happen! You can either post it in the appropriate online discussion forum or email it to editorial@asaecenter.org.

12 November 2008

What I'm Reading

11 November 2008

Still Don't Know Web 2.0?

Web 2.0
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10 November 2008

LinkedIn Adds More Apps

BMart first alerted us to the fact that LinkedIn is trying really hard not to suck as badly. But he had a few, um, suggestions to offer. Looks like someone was listening, as they've added a bunch more applications:
  • Box on LinkedIn: Share files and collaborate with your network.
  • Huddle on LinkedIn: Private workspaces to collaborate with your network on projects.
  • Amazon on LinkedIn: Discover what your network is reading.
  • TripIt on LinkedIn: See where your network is traveling.
  • SixApart on LinkedIn: Stay up to date with your network's latest blog posts.
  • Google Docs on LinkedIn: Embed a presentation on your profile.
  • SlideShare on LinkedIn: Share, view and comment on presentations from your network.
  • WordPress on LinkedIn: Promote your blog and latest posts.
  • Company Buzz by LinkedIn: See what people are saying about your company.
Add them to your profile by clicking on the apps page and getting started!

07 November 2008

The Friday Top 5

Top 5 Reasons I'm THRILLED Obama/Biden Won:
  1. The end of robocalls and attack ads.
  2. No more mangling of the English language from the executive branch of my government.
  3. Return of respect for the rule of law, the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution, and the Geneva Convention.
  4. Leaders who understand that the needs of regular American individuals should take precedence over the desires of greedy corporations.
  5. End the war NOW.

06 November 2008

Web Usability for Associations: Designing for Your Members

Beaconfire is hosting a round table on Friday, November 14 on the topic of Web Usability for Associations: Designing for Your Members.

During this casual gathering, we will share examples from some associations we've worked with, showing how small changes to their Web sites led to major improvements across a wide range of online activities: joins, renewals, registrations, purchases, participation, advocacy, and volunteering.

The session is designed to encourage networking and learning. A wine and cheese reception will be followed by a short presentation of several association case studies and a free-flowing discussion about how your association can implement, test, and benefit from usability improvements.

For more information, please contact me at elizabeth.engel@beaconfire.com or 703.894.0080 x257.

05 November 2008

What I'm Reading

Online Engagement - Get It!

Online engagement
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04 November 2008


I'm not going to tell you who to vote *for* (although I will point out that I'm decked out in BLUE today), but, whoever your candidate, get out there and make your voice heard!