The “Social Media for Good Roundups” are a series of posts in which I share interesting articles and other resources that I come across. This week’s roundup looks at good examples for email-newsletters, improved security for Twitter accounts, a critical look at the lack of coordination between crowdsourcing initiatives and additional thoughts on the role of social media after the Boston bombings.
Mobile phones can be a great tool to help people in emergencies. To help organizations or activists decide when and how to use SMS, the GSMA recently published a draft “Code of Conduct for the Use of SMS in Natural Disaster”.
Stormpins is an iPhone app that tries to close the information -> decision loop by providing responders with a smart way to use crowdsourced data about hazards.
Unicef Sweden has just launched a campaign that makes their opinion about “slacktivism” more than clear and which I think is a great way to get people top open their wallets.
Following Monday’s attack on the Boston Marathon, here are a few more posts that looked at the role that social media played in the aftermath.
My girlfriend and I have personal connections to Boston, so we obviously followed the developments of April 15 quite closely from afar. Here are my impressions, particularly concerning the role of social media.
I’m honoured and pleased to have been quoted on the “Impatient Optimist” blog of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Author Jennifer James contacted me about two weeks ago and asked, what my one piece of social media advice to non-profit organizations would be.