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11 best practices for working with an editor

September 12, 2014

My latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review makes the case for adding an editor to your content marketing team. As I note in that post, Content marketing will only deliver on its promise if it’s good enough to deliver customers–that’s why improving the quality of content marketing is critical to business. But creating [...]

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29 free or cheap online collaboration software tools for you and your team

December 21, 2011

Under “fire, pants on”, please file my blog post of not two weeks ago, claiming to have seen the light on how to choose online collaboration tools so that you accommodate the least-geeky member of your team. As a philosophy, that lasted for 10 whole days, but as a practice it survived for less than [...]

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5 ebook features that tap the power of social note-taking

May 12, 2011

Peter Meyers has a useful blog post on 3 ways to improve ebook note taking over at O’Reilly Radar. As he points out in his post, note-taking is one of the ways in which print books still kick the ass of digital books, since they allow you to “[j]ot notes anywhere you like…[h]ighlight non-contiguous phrases [...]

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The 8 stages of professional commitment: social media edition

March 9, 2011

I’ve recently crossed the commitment threshold. Not the romantic commitment threshold — heck, that’s easy, considering how little software is required (usually). I’m talking about the professional commitment I make to each project I take on, and to each partner, client, employee or colleague I work with. That process of commitment has been around a long [...]

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Get visual inspiration from Pinterest

January 20, 2011

I’m trying out Pinterest, which I’d describe as a social bookmarking system for images. You create “Pinboards” of images you like, and “pin” items onto the board when you spot something you like online. The site’s default pinboards suggest likely uses: keeping track of books you want to read, compiling an inspiration file for home [...]

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Discovering family through a social media crisis

June 24, 2010

My latest blog post for Harvard Business Review tackles the challenge of surviving a social media emergency. It was inspired by what turned out to be a minor emergency: the earthquake that rattled most of central Canada yesterday. As it happened, I was in Ottawa at the time — and in the office of Public [...]

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9 questions to ask before starting a nonprofit technology project

November 6, 2009

Whether you’re a tech professional who wants to lend your time to a good cause, or an NGO that needs a new web site, your online efforts can benefit not just one organization, but many organizations facing similar challenges and opportunities. These 9 questions will ensure your nonprofit project has the maximum impact.

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Collaboration on nonprofit technology in academia and beyond

November 6, 2009

I’m currently attending the International Digital Media and Arts Association’s annual conference, which primarily draws academics who work and teach in digital media. This afternoon’s panel on Innovations in Teaching/Learning: Public Service/Civil Engagement highlighted some amazing projects that are giving students hand-on experience with non-profit and service-oriented technology projects, including: Washington State University’s VJ fleet, [...]

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How the social web can nourish your most personal relationship

March 28, 2009

The process of strengthening a relationship by working hard together; by facing, nurturing and celebrating your successes and challenges together — that’s an experience that’s open to any couple, or indeed any relationship, that integrates the creative and communicative possibilities of the social web. Here are some of the ways you can use the social web to bring the energy of creative collaboration into your relationship.

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Twitter monitoring to strengthen your team

February 26, 2009

When, how and why you might find it useful to track the Twitter feeds of specific colleagues in a focused way.

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ManyMoon offers collaborative task management that project managers can love

January 19, 2009

I was thrilled to discover a new, hot, collaborative task management app this week: ManyMoon. It’s the first web app I’ve found that provides team-centric task management without falling off the ledge and into the bottomless pit of project management.

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