I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of August 15th). 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).

  • Vivanista Hosts Question Session « Vivanista | Living Well. Doing Good. – "Have you ever wanted to ask a fundraising expert a question you just can’t get your arms around? Like ‘how many times can I invite my Facebook friends to a fundraising event before it’s considered spam?’ Or ‘do I really need spend the money for a back-up venue if my outdoor event falls on a date that it rarely rains?’ Well, now’s your chance! Starting  August 5th Layne Gray, Vivanista Founder, is going to answer 3 questions per week – submitted by you, and reply directly via video response. Ask her anything (it should probably relate in some way to fundraising or Vivanista, although she’ll most likely answer any questions about pugs whether you ask her or not). If she can’t answer it she’ll find an expert who can!"
  • Facebook gets into texting game with Facebook Messenger — Tech News and Analysis – "Facebook has already started to supplant traditional email providers as a dominant way that people communicate online. And now the social networking giant is poised to delve even deeper into users’ messaging activity with a new mobile app with SMS-like functionality."
  • KnowHow’s impact — Knowhow Nonprofit – Here's a great example of how you can reinvent the way your organization reports it's impact! And it doesn't have to cost a ton: this video is made with basic tools that are free to use. Have you made a video like this? Would love to see your other examples of annual reports that break the mold!
  • Wikipedia Rolling Out Article Rating System – What Do You Think? – "Love it or hate it, you can't say Wikipedia is slow to innovate. The giant encyclopedia site announced this weekend that it will now roll-out site-wide an article rating system that allows page visitors to rate an entry on a scale of 1 to 5 on trustworthiness, objectivity, completeness and quality of writing. Article raters have the option of self-identifying as a subject matter expert for whatever article they rate."
  • The Social Website: Integrating Social Media into Website Design and Function | NTEN – "If you're considering revamping your website to include social elements like the Facebook Like button, streaming from YouTube, or adding information from a social site through its API, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. There are many ways to “get social,” and so many reasons for doing so. Primarily, it's about creating a fundamentally engaging experience for the website visitor that brings them closer to your organization."
Great reads from around the web on August 15th
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  • Anonymous

    I think you mentioned awhile back that you automate these posts somehow. How do you do it? And, do you mind if I copy your tactic? (different content of course!)

    Copying IS the highest form of flattery you know!

    • Hey Claire!

      The posting of the roundups is pretty auto-magical, though you still have to be curating and pulling the content together. To make it all happen, I use two tools: first is Delicious, where I put in the content that shows up as the context pieces that go with each link. The second is a WordPress plugin called Postalicious. In the plugin settings, I put in which tag/s to track in Delicious, how many links I want in each post, what I want as the post Title and so on.

      If you’re looking to do this on the NetSquared blog, I may not be of much help as I am not familiar with Drupal modules that do the same. I could always ask around for you!

      Hope that helps!

      • Anonymous

        Yes! It was the Postalicious piece that I wasn’t sure about – thanks so much for the info! 

        I think I might start doing something like this on ClaireSale.com (also a wordpress site). I’ll also look into whether this is possible for NetSquared. I’ll keep you posted!

        • Great! I could be wrong, but I believe Marnie does the same thing for her ext333 round ups. Good luck!