Links I Liked: Data Myths, WhatsApp Business, Community Management and Email Overload

Photo: Chris Lott on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Photo: Chris Lott on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Interesting and useful links for nonprofit communications staff in humanitarian organisations.

In this op-ed for DevEx, Sarah Telford, the head of OCHA’s Centre for Humanitarian Data talks about some of the most pervasive misconceptions regarding data in humanitarian response operations. From “We need more tools” (yep, I definitely heard that one before) to “data visualization is the same as analysis”.

WhatsApp just launched their WhatsApp Businesses App, which has the potential to help organizations use WhatsApp better to engage affected people. However, so far I find it a quite disappointing. The business app is currently only available in a few countries, only for Android phones and is still missing eagerly awaited features like broadcast messaging to very large groups of people.

A few more thoughts on Facebook’s latest changes and the increasingly important role of community managers. h/t SocialFish

Nonprofit AF has a wonderful rant about being emails overload and some practical ideas about what you can do to make the onslaught feel less overwhelming.

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