Useful links: The law on Twitter, creating excitement, time management and more

Smartphone. Photo courtesy of Johan Larsson via Flickr.

Your smartphone can get you into legal trouble if you break the law. Who would have thought … (Photo Johan Larsson on Flickr)

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a collection of useful links. Today I’m looking at legal aspects of social media use,  how to make your mission sound more exciting, time management and 3G in Zimbabwe.

This article by the BBC contains some great examples of what not to do on Twitter. If you are organizing a workshop to define your organization’s social media policy, these can be great examples to get the discussion started and even though the BBC quotes British law, the examples are (probably) just as relevant where you live.

I loved this post because it’s a question I get asked all the time: “How do you have the time to do all that social media stuff?” Cheryl Bledsoe gives some solid, common sense advice on how to manage and monitor social media without letting it take over your job or life.

Of course one the ways to manage your time better, is to have a plan: iScream is a new service that helps you create a social media content calendar. During my trial, they made a few good suggestions, but it’s also obvious that they are still working on the product. What I don’t like is that it’s difficult to add actions to the calendar, that weren’t part of the iScream’s suggestions. iScream is still in public beta and free.

I’m currently working mainly for the  Global Shelter Cluster and this post has resonated with me quite strongly: “If you’re not an organization helping puppies and babies, how do you make your cause clear and compelling?”

I always get slightly annoyed when mobile data enthusiast develop technical solutions that assume you’ll have 3G wherever you need it. It certainly wasn’t the case in Liberia or Myanmar – hell,  it’s not even the case everywhere in Berlin! This blog post shows network coverage in Zimbabwe and links to a similar map for Tanzania, showing that you should still plan for no-bandwidth environments despite the hype.