The “Social Media for Good” roundup

Over the last two weeks, I have been away from my keyboard a lot. Here is a selection of articles and blog posts that I have come across and which I think you might find interesting. This time with: a new social media dashboard, the ethics of photography,  learning from mistakes and WordPress themes for non-profit organizations.

While many companies use sophisticated social media dashboards to monitor conversations about their brand, humanitarian organizations and NGOs rarely have access to professional tools. This is an issue, particularly if you are trying to use social media in the early hours of an emergency to inform remote assessments. In this blog post, Patrick Meier talks about “PeopleBrowsr“, a social media dashboard that he thinks has great potential for humanitarian work. I’ll try to take part in a demo before the end of the month and will report back.

Laura Elisabeth Pohl has recently written about a meeting of the Humanitarian Photography group. With more and more cameras in the field, the question which photos are ethical and appropriate becomes more and more important. If you are interested in this topic, you might also like to read a blog post I wrote a few months ago and that deals with creative commons and  photo sharing.

We speak too little time talking about our failures – this blog post does exactly that. Asch Harwood is writing about a project that was driven by the technology, rather than the information needs and what he has learned from that experience.

WordPress is a great CMS choice for blogs and small websites. But finding a design that fits your organization can be difficult – particularly since most professional designs are geared towards selling products rather than telling stories. The guys at WPExplorer recently published a blog post with designs that are particularly well suited to the needs of non-profit organizations. The only problem I have with that list is that one of the designs shows the Red Cross – which is actually against the law. And while WPExplorer has removed the emblem from their screenshots, the theme itself still contains it. So please choose a different one, ok?

It’s hardly surprising to hear that most tweets originate in the United States. But would you have thought that Brazil is the global number 2? The Oxford Internet Institute has just mapped all georeferenced tweets from a week in May and illustrates that Twitter might be relevant in more countries than you might have thought.

Geography of Twitter via Oxford Internet Institute

Geography of Twitter via Oxford Internet Institute