Social media is a term usually used to describe the collection of software that enables individuals and communities to gather, communicate, share, and in some cases collaborate or play. danah boyd’s “Social Media is Here to Stay… Now What?” at the Microsoft Research Tech Fest, (26 February 2009)
The Victorian bushfires is a recent example, and probably one of the first Australian disasters, where social media was used to communicate vital information.
The mainstream media, faced with limitations, used social networking sites in their coverage. Twitter, flickr, YouTube and Facebook were used extensively to connect and communicate with the community.
For the uninitiated and the initiated, engaging with social media can be a daunting and messy task. How do you use the countless tools, applications and features?
Whoever the next users of your services are, chances are social media is going to assist you achieve your goal, increase your network and reach out.
The Connecting Up 09 conference aims to bring the latest information to nonprofit organisations about social media in Sydney 11 and 12 May at the Novotel, Brighton Beach.
An impressive list of keynote speakers have given their time to come together to discuss and debate the conference theme: How technology, social media and networking is changing the way nonprofit organisations operate, communicate and connect with their supporters, members and beneficiaries.
- Engineering Director Google Australia
- Managing Director Microsoft Australia
- Cheryl Kernot, Director Centre for Social Impact University of NSW
- Mark Pesce, social network guru, writer, New Inventors panelist
- Digital Media Manager ABC
- Executive Director of Social Actions Canada
- Executive Director of Aspirations USA
- Women in IT – Anita Borg Institute US
On Wednesday 13 May there’ll be an opportunity to attend a full day workshop with Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson to learn how to use free tools to create and publish powerful videos.