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November 8, 2012

Let's take a walk through my memory palace.

Speaking of hot Roman weather….

 According to Google Maps, L and I walked a whopping 5 kilometers from our hostel to the Vatican City in somewhere between 1-2 hours, under the blazing summer sun. Silly us, we thought we only walked a mile or so. It was a beautiful day though, with blue skies and an occasional breeze. The only caveat about going to the Vatican City on such a hot day is covering up enough to enter St. Peter’s Basilica–no shorts or miniskirts, no bare shoulders or knees. More on St. Peter’s Basilica later.

Our original plan was to get a Roma Pass, which covers free entry to two of five Rome attractions as well as free travel on public transportation, but because we only planned to stay there for about two days, we forewent that and walked everywhere instead. Everywhere. From our hostel on the…

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October 15, 2012

Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog :: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

The National Retail Federation predicts that holiday sales this year will increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion and that online shopping will jump a whopping 12 percent to $96 billion. These are the best numbers we’ve seen since the beginning of the Great Recession in late December 2007. For nonprofits that have online stores or receive a percentage of profits from ethical retailers, it could be a banner year for online sales.

All that said, when doing your shopping this year, please be conscious of the power of your spending and put your dollars to work for good by purchasing from any of the 22 online gift stores that benefit nonprofits – especially on #GivingTuesday.

1. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Online Store
ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.

2. Amnesty International Shop
Amnesty International…

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September 18, 2012

“If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then the visual imagery projected through Instagram translate well beyond a 140-character maximum.”

Beyond PR

Each week, Dear Gracie answers questions from ProfNet Connect readers with advice from our network of nearly 50,000 ProfNet experts. Has there been a question burning in your mind lately, something you’ve been wondering that none of your colleagues can answer? Please send it to

Dear Gracie,

Instagram has been around for a couple of years, but seems to have exploded in popularity recently. How can PR pros use Instagram to increase publicity for clients?

Improving Images


Dear Improving Images:

Four ProfNet experts provide a snapshot:

Instagram is a social network where users can share photos and comment or like their friends’ photos, explains Jeff Peters, social media specialist at The Halo Group.

It offers users a simple, easy way to take and edit photographs, and then post them across all major social media portals, says Seth Grugle, digital and social media specialist for Much and…

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September 18, 2012


Thank you to everyone who makes a difference in big and small ways every day!  This is a perfect time of year to express gratitude and thanks.  Here are 88 Tweetable social good quotes to inspire and share positive ideas.

I am grateful for so many things, including great friends around the world, online and off! ~Amy          aka @CharityIdeas

Click here for the NEW printable color PDF!

Wherever one turns he can find someone who needs him.  ~Albert Schweitzer
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.  ~David Thomas
The breeze, the trees, the honey bees – All volunteers! ~Juliet Carinreap
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.  ~Edith Wharton
The time is always right to do what’s right. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
I can no other answer make, but thanks, and thanks. ~Shakespeare

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April 10, 2012


Yesterday, sometime during the evening (at least in New York), Liz Gannes tweeted her post about Instagram and it reminded me how quickly I fell in love with the service. She and I had talked a lot about the service. My belief was that Instagram (or something like it) would emerge and become a big social platform.

Om says he bets that there’s an open opportunity to build a photo-sharing service that’s “designed from the ground up from the perspective of a mobile user” with “a more immersive, two-way service” as compared to the desktop.

She was referring to my previous post on Instagram when the company, Burbn, shifted focus to photos.

The company is right to focus on Instagram, which has potential – mostly because all of us love sharing pictures and congregating around visuals. The continued popularity of Flickr, the skyrocketing usage of Facebook Photos are ample…

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March 23, 2012

The changes still do not address many of the copyright infringement concerns outlined by the photographer community.

How to Get More Traffic (via News)

July 28, 2011

Unlike road traffic, traffic to your blog is always a good thing.

As soon as a blogger publishes their first post, their first question is: Where's all my traffic? Everyone assumes they're the only one seeking attention, when in truth nearly everyone is. It takes time to build an audience and no one gets much traffic without putting in the effort. Here at we want you to get more traffic, and we build features and services to help. It's been awhile since we've told you about them, so here are our t … Read More

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New Theme: Piano Black (via News)

July 25, 2011

So simple, yet so effective.

New Theme: Piano Black Say hello to Piano Black, the newest theme to launch on This dark and elegant theme showcases your content with a design that feels sophisticated yet techy and modern. Make it yours with a header image, background, and custom menu, and optional RSS and Search areas in the header. Piano Black also includes a full-width-t … Read More

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10 Reasons to Travel Solo (via Fabulous at Fifty)

July 21, 2011

Unless you were traveling on a family-oriented cruise ship, you can travel much of the world solo.

10 Reasons to Travel Solo   Many people don’t feel comfortable traveling solo.   Usually the fears of being lonely, unsafe, and vulnerable are factors.   Some of the reasons to embark upon a solo trip are: You can go where you want.  Sometimes it’s difficult to agree upon a destination.  If your companion prefers all-inclusive beach resorts, and you yearn for an … Read More

via Fabulous at Fifty oEmbed Provider API Now Available (via News)

July 18, 2011 oEmbed Provider API Now Available Last week, we introduced support for OAuth2 and launched, as we're eager to empower the developer community to extend in new and meaningful ways. Today, we're excited to announce the availability of our new oEmbed Provider API, yet another way to make it easy for third-party services and their respective audiences to share and consume content. oEmbed is a format for allowing an embedded representation of a URL … Read More

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