I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources across the web ever day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of November 18th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks).

  • 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network – Have you registered yet for the Nonprofit Technology Conference? This is one of the best opportunities each year to meet others from the nonprofit technology sector, learn what other organizations are up to, what's new and what's next! I'll be there and hope you will be, too 🙂
  • What is your conversation strategy? | Powered by John Haydon – John Haydon has an excellent post today to get you thinking more strategically about your use of social media, and not just what tools to use but what to say once you're using them! "When most businesses and non-profits start using social media, they start with “small talk” with their communities. They politely reply to tweets, express appreciation to donors, respond as quickly as possible to customer support issues, and generally try to add value to their network. But all to often, they fail to move beyond the “small talk” and create meaningful discussions that their communities are dying to have."
  • Whuffie Webinar – "What if you had access to the latest big ideas from the corporate world, distilled into a 10 minute video that was 6.5 more memorable than other ways of learning? What if you then had access to one of the leaders in the not-for-profit world who would show you how to take these principles and apply them to your day to day activities? What if all of this was free, every month?" You do! Check out this great webinar series from Polar Unlimited.
  • Idealist.org: Imagine, Connect, Act – Idealist is trying something. They want to see what could happen if we serious commit to working together, on an offline. "It's time for the world's idealists to work together, online and in person. The first step in this campaign is to ask you to take a few minutes to read this proposal. What you'll find there is a vision for this network, a path and a timeline to build it, and an invitation to be part of this movement from the very start. Then, to share your thoughts and join the 1,361 people in 91 countries who are making this happen, please sign up here."
  • YouTube – Direct's Channel – "YouTube Direct allows you to embed the upload functionality of YouTube directly into your own site, enabling your organization to request, review, and re-broadcast user-submitted videos with ease. News organizations can ask for citizen reporting; nonprofits can call-out for support videos around social campaigns; businesses can ask users to submit promotional videos about your brand. With YouTube Direct, the opportunities to connect directly with the YouTube community are endless."
Great reads from around the web on November 18th
Tagged on:                                                         
  • You are all about sharing!

    I’m reminded me of a video @chrisbrogan did yesterday where he said we’re all in the moving business. Our jobs are to move valuable content to our followers, our customers and our peers.

    Thanks Amy!

  • Thanks, John! It’s true 🙂 Don’t have words for how much I love being able to connect people with other people, information, or resources to help them do what they do even better. But, the real thanks go to you for creating the great content to being with!

    • Same goes for you, my gluten-free vegan comrade!

  • Thank you both for being such great sharers (you BOTH get a candy heart!). And, John, I love that Chris Brogan quote you shared “..we’re all in the moving business. Our jobs are to move valuable content to our followers, our customers and our peers.” It is a new ‘knowledge management’ world where filtering/screening for relevant, useful content and then sharing/disseminating becomes more and more important as the volume of information increases. It is a skill/service we all can improve on and do more of and you both model it well!

  • Hi Bonnie-

    Thanks so much for your support! I completely agree about the new role of knowledge ambassadors on the web- it is more about annotating and sharing than simply creating and creating. The idea of knowledge management itself is so strange to me: can you “manage” knowledge? I certainly hope not! But I can find it, and share it, and learn from others, etc.

    Any good finds you came across that should have been in this roundup?

  • Amy –

    I really liked this one from @PlanLive that I shared on Twitter: “Communities must b built. U can’t copy or demo “dummy” them http://bit.ly/10nRY5 via @PlanLive” (And it is the “annotating” that makes the old RT’ing function more interesting than the straight RTing. There is value added in the personal annotation!)


  • Agreed about adding notes to retweets on Twitter, I think it definitely helps add context to why you are resharing something.

    Thanks for adding to the Great Reads list!

  • Thanks for the Whuffie Webinar post. There’s something to be said about making real connections and living relationships with people over the web. What I might call “the relational web” seems to be a very healthy model of online interaction, where participants engage in productive, honest give-and-take dialogue of information that matters. Thank you for giving of your time and your posts. Today, I was a taker. And, today I hope I can be a giver.

  • Thanks for joining in, Scott! I think the relational web is definitely here to stay – people, after all, like other people 🙂 That’s the drive of social media, right? And now that there is such an enormous amount of content online, the value is actually in annotations, sharing, and highlighting – guide posting our paths for others.

    • Thank you for the warm welcome. I’ll make sure to check back in and follow what you’re discussing…”you’re always welcome around my campfire.”

  • Thanks, Scott – if you are familiar with RSS, you can subscribe to the blog and/or to the comments to stay up to date. The links are in the upper right of the blog in the side bar.

    Thanks again for joining in!

    • Gotcha! I’m on to the blog feed now, but the comment feed spewed out the following error “You must provide a feed uri Error 400”

  • Hi Scott-

    Thanks for letting me know! Did some investigating and I think it’s all fixed up 🙂