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Social Good Stars – Beth Kanter (@kanter)

19 Nov

This post originally appears in the Huffington Post in my new series for Impact, “Social Good Stars.”  Thank you to the amazing Beth Kanter!

Writer, speaker and social media consultant for nonprofits and businesses
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Social Good Stars: Beth Kanter

Posted: 11/18/11 12:43 PM ET

This is the first in a new Impact series, #SocialGoodStars. The people highlighted here are passionate, dedicated philanthropists, strengths to their communities, and social media masters. They also happily share their vast knowledge with others, making them shine as leaders in the Social Good world.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton

Some people stand out as an example of a person who is indeed the bright candle, from whom others can help spread light. Beth Kanter, well-known in nonprofit and social media circles alike, is one of those people. She has been named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” She is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits, and the book, “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine. She is also co-founder of Zoetica Media. Most importantly, Beth spends a lot of time listening to others, curating key information, and sharing it so other people can also be Social Good Stars.

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Beth Kanter in Kenya with a winner of her book.

With 32 years in nonprofit social good, Beth is the perfect person to answer some pressing questions about current and future trends. Our interview is below.

You famously co- authored the book, “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine, and have worked with social good luminaries such as Claire Diaz-Ortiz of Twitter and Randi Zuckerberg of Facebook.  With such legendary background knowledge, can you reveal any social-media-for-social-good trends you see?

What’s top of mind at this moment is this stat:  In 2020, 40% of the world population will have grown up knowing nothing but the Internet and social networks.  Think about that. I’m a baby boomer and my first job was with the Boston Symphony in late 70’s, early 80’s.  I was in development and wanted to see examples of membership or annual fund brochures from other symphonies.  So, I wrote letters to about 20 of them, asking for a copy.  It took a month, but I then had a great collection of ideas — which was good because the annual conference when we could exchange that sort of stuff was six months away.  Now, we can learn in real time from our peers. Think how fast ideas are shared and copied from nonprofit to nonprofit.  I also watched my son last night do his homework.  He is 12.  He had to do a PowerPoint on Portugal.   He had a PowerPoint document uploaded into Google, was collaborating on it with two friends, and they were talking to each other on Skype. Our world is changing before our eyes and organizations really need to think about what this means for their work.  I think about the younger people in nonprofits — and those like free agents outside, and how important it is for nonprofit leaders to empower younger, millenials on staff and outside their walls.

Who is a personal  hero/ine in the social good space?  What makes them unique?

This is such a hard question — I have so many heroes/heroines.  But, I will name one.  Kristin Row-Finkbeiner the co-founder of Momsrising. “Where Moms and people who love them go to change our world.” They are such a fantastic example of working in this agile and transparent way and leveraging social media for on the ground social change.

 How important is “networking” to you in social media (and IRL)?  Has social media made it faster, slower, more or less relevant?

Definitely faster. I’ve always been a networker, before the tools — that is seeking people out, introducing people, and learning from the network/community.  The challenge when you add online tools is that you can connect to so many more people that you run the risk of having shallow relationships.  I have a lot of connections or friends, and I often feel that I don’t get a chance to just to chat and get to know people in a deeper way. These days I get a lot of requests for a lot of things. I find that introducing people to other people where there is a mutual need or potential for reciprocity is a good thing.

 What’s the “killer app” of social media right now?

Tools come and ago — and they change faster than humans.  Right now the killer app or type of app is content curation.  Less about the tools, more about the process.  I’m really excited about the whole concept of people whose job it is to make sense of information on the web. They used to be called journalists — but we have so much information available to us now that the sorting and making sense of it is a job in and of itself. This primer on content curation talks about why.

Do you have a favorite “social media success story” for this this year?

Yes, grist.org. They use a unique combination of entertaining content and environmental reporting, dubbed the “The Daily Show of the environmental movement.”  They have inspired a whole new generation of environmentalists who don’t take themselves so seriously while creating on-the-ground change.

What personal projects and charities do you love & support?

My main charity is the Sharing Foundation which helps kids in Cambodia.  My two kids were adopted from that country – and supporting the organizations is a way to give back.

I’m also on the board of Ushahidi , a non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. I support a number of other organizations in small ways.

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Beth Kanter

You can learn more about Beth at BethKanter.org and follow her on Twitter @kanter.

Amy Neumann is a writer, speaker and consultant on social good marketing. Check out her CharityIdeasBlog and follow her on Twitter @CharityIdeas.


Social Media for Social Good

24 Oct

Thank you to Arizona State University for having me as a featured workshop presenter at your 19th annual Sustainability Conference!  Held at ASU Lodestar’s Dessert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona, October 14, 2011, it featured some of the most brilliant minds on Collective Impact.  This year’s theme was “‘Go fast, go alone; go far, go together’: Collective Impact.”  Nearly 250 nonprofit leaders, community partners, students and professionals from across all sectors – business, government, general public, and nonprofit participated.

In the 90-minute Workshop, we covered a multitude of reasons why social media works so well for social good, and got many brilliant questions.  Although we can’t recreate the full session, the entire Keynote presentation can be downloaded for free  HERE.

[And I’m always reachable on amy@amyneumann.com. ]

Warren Buffett himself has quoted the wise ancient Chinese proverb — “To go fast, go alone; to go far, go together.” And it’s eloquently perfect for social media.

To put it another equally eloquent way, when thinking of social media:

“Luck is quite predictable.  If you want more luck, take more chances.  Be more active.  Show up more often.” ~ Brian Tracy

Essentially, that’s what social media is.  Conversations between people interested in the same things, in places convenient to them, when it’s handy.  If you’re in all the right places, at all the right times, with all the right messages, everyone will happily work together, almost instinctually.  That’s the message.  And that’s what I believe is the theme of social media, for Collective Impact, and for Social Good.

BitRebels – Twitter’s Top 75 Bada~s Women

5 Oct

When Diana Adams and Amy Howell wrote this piece earlier this year, I can’t tell you how  humbled and honored I was to be among such amazing women!  Diana and Amy are both famously well-known in social media, especially on Twitter, and to even be on their radar is incredible.  I am also very proud, after knowing them on social media for years,  to call them friends – initially through Twitter!  Thank you both for this list, which I must say is  amazing!  Even with me on it… LOL.  Also love that every woman’s Twitter, Facebook and site is listed, so you can connect where *you* spend your time.  Brilliant. Thanks Diana & Amy!

Original Article on BitRebels.com

Twitter’s Top 75 Badass Women – BitRebels

02/05/2011 – 10:00 am By Diana Adams

Awhile back my dear friend @HowellMarketing and I had a conversation about the influential and inspiring women on Twitter. We were both in awe of how many like-minded, talented, hard working, smart women we had become friends with as a result of Twitter. We talked about how we should write an article about such people.

Now, a year later, the time is right for such an article. We got together and compiled a list of the women who inspire us on a daily basis on Twitter. This list is different from most of the ones you’ll find. These aren’t the most popular women, or the women with the most followers. This is a list of women who are making it happen day in and day out, and they are tweeting their butts off in the process. They share and care consistently, and are always there to engage with their followers.

These women are all phenomenal at what they do. Whether they are known for being an artist, a photographer, a blogger, a marketer, a PR professional, a mom or even a celebrity, each person on this list is very special, and we hope you will take the time to get to know each one. And, before someone asks me, yes, there is even a dog on this list. You can read about her below.

These women are badasses because their style is instantly recognizable, and they exude confidence and humility whether they have 100 followers or 1,000,000 followers. Like a pair of good sunglasses or your favorite pair of jeans, they just feel good, and they know how to make others around them feel special. I listed everyone alphabetically according to their Twitter username; however, whenever possible, I listed their actual names here so you could get to know the person behind the username and avatar. Also, if you are new to Twitter, you might also want to check out my friend @HilzFuld‘s list of the first 99 people to follow. Thank you ladies for all you do to make the Twitterverse a fun place to hang out! @HowellMarketing and I had a blast putting this together, and we hope you enjoy reading it.

Twitter's Top 75 Badass WomenAdventure Girl

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Adventure Girl is known for just that… her adventures!  According to Twitter, she is known globally for talking travel.  She’s a media expert, journalist and morning show guest.  She loves to watch American Idol and Family Guy.  With almost 1.5 million followers, she’s definitely doing something right!

Twitter's Top 75 Badass WomenAlyssa Milano

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Alyssa Milano needs no introduction really. She sets a wonderful example for everyone on Twitter. She engages with her followers, and she is definitely part of the gang. When lots of tweeps got together to give her a special birthday present, she sent out this thank you video afterwards. Twitter definitely wouldn’t be the same without her. She is sincerely loved by many people.

Twitter's Top 75 Badass WomenAlys Drake

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Alys is a Marketing and PR professional. She has lived in Memphis, Tennessee her whole life and is part of the Memphis Social Media Club. She has two little girls and she works for @HowellMarketing. She is known for engaging with her followers, and since she has sent over 11,000, I’d say she is definitely a Twitter addict!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmber Cleveland

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Amber is a hard working, fun loving, creative, passionate leader. She’s a mover and a shaker in marketing, and she enjoys speaking French. It’s always a pleasure to see her in the Twitter stream. She is very well connected so check out the other people in her Twitter network for more great people to follow.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy Oscar

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Amy Oscar is a very dear friend, and she brings tons of positive energy to the Twitterverse. Reading her blog feels like a ray of warm sunshine. According to her bio, she can find your lost keys, she saves spiders, and she talks to angels.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAnita Nelson

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Anita Nelson is all about skin care as @ModelSupplies. She’s an eBay PowerSeller, a blogger and a radio host. She loves music, comedy and art. She calls Detroit, Michigan home and is a wonderful friend to many people on Twitter!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAnne Deeter Gallaher

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Anne owns her own PR and social media business. She has many high profile connections including Ford. She is fan of powerful language and smart marketing.  She is known for sending great tweets and engaging with her followers.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAnn Tran

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Ann is so humble and gracious, you would never guess she has over 150,000 followers. She lives in Washington, DC, and also loves the beach. She is a spiritual seeker who is happily married. She is a generous RT’er on Twitter, and sends tweets full of love!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy Reneau

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Amy, Amy, Amy… where do we start?  She is from Texas with tweets bigger than the state.  She is the only person I know who loves the color pink and shoes more than I do.  She is also very good friends with a man who I wish could be on this list: @PaulBritPhoto Amy is known for all her RT’ing.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenBridget Davis

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Bridget is a chef, food writer, geek girl, culinary craftsman, friend, and the better half of @Iconic88. She is also the founder of The Internet Chef.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenPatricia Wilson

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Patricia is a brand marketer and media strategist. She has over twenty years of marketing experience. She is also the President of Brand Cottage.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy Neumann

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Amy is known for her big heart and positive tweets, especially when it comes to charity. She is an eternal optimist, and a true Twitter addict. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to her on the phone, and he’s as nice to talk to as she is online. She is from Los Angeles, California.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenBella

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Bella describes herself as an obsessed blogger who loves fashion, glamour, celebrity, make-up and shoes! In my opinion, her blog looks like modern day Sex and the City style. I love it! She is good friends with someone else on this list, @JessicaNorthey.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenCindy Vriend

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Cindy is known for her consistent, creative, fun tweets. She loves design, illustration, art, photography, smiles, music, race cars, silly dances and her sweet dog. She lives in the Netherlands, and always has something nice to say.  I don’t think this girl ever has a bad day. :)

Twitter's Top Badass WomenCheryl Burgess

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Cheryl Burgess is a power tweeter on a mission. She loves #FF and #MM. She is the Managing Partner and Marketing Technologist at Blue Focus Marketing. She is also the winner of a 2010 Marketing Shorty Award. She is described as being a super connector with a strong grip.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKathy Meyer

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Kathy is such a wonderful Twitter friend. She is an eMarketing trends and technology enthusiast. She believes in balance. She’s also a mompreneur and a foodie interested in design, art, music, coffee and her iPhone.  Kathy is an influencer, and many people depend on her tweets for their information.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenChristina Kingston

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Christina is a writer, blogger and freelance hobo. Her blog is one of the spiciest you’ll ever read, and she knows how to write to entertain. She believes in perpetual laughter and beards.  She’s loud, she says what’s on her mind, she’s witty and people love her for it (including me).  She definitely has her own unique style.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenChristina Yow

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Christina is a Signaporean Christian. She tweets everything, including lots of interesting pictures. She loves fashion, languages, music and traveling. She loves her job at Nike, and she is a huge soccer fan!  She is one of those people I’d like to meet in person one day.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDiane Brogan

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As @HowellMarketing says, “Diane Brogan keeps @chrisbrogan in line.” (wait, did we just type that?) Diane is a wife, mother, gramma, sister, aunt, niece, friend and lover of life. She also designs and creates jewelry!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDawn Westerberg

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Dawn is a Duct Tape marketing consultant and tweeter from Austin, Texas. She is fascinated with how social media is transforming marketing. And, like most of us, she’s not a big fan of auto-DMs.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenElissa Freeman

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Elissa is a fast moving PR chick with a twist of foodie tweets sprinkled in with humor. She’s also a pop culturist and a mom. She is from Toronto, Canada.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenElizabeth Sosnow

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Elizabeth is a B2B PR girl who is a straight talker with a smart brain. She’s also a pop culture fanatic and mom to three mad men. Her tweets are fun and engaging.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenErin Margolin

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Erin is such a wonderful friend to so many people on Twitter. Her genuine smile and helpful nature make her one of my favorite people to follow. She is also a fantastic writer, and her blog is a lot of fun to read. She’s a stay-at-home-mom with 5 year old twins.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenGiselle MacLean

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Giselle is a passionate blogger, wife, mother and friend. She works in the financial services industry. She was one of the first people I met when I got on Twitter in 2009, and we’ve been great friends ever since. She truly is full of endless possibilities.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAmy D. Howell

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Amy, the co-writer of this article, hails from Memphis, Tennessee where she is always cooking up hometown southern food in her kitchen. She tweets the details and makes us all hungry on a regular basis. She is the CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies, a wife and a mom. She’s also a very special friend to many.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMirijam Rosenast

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Mirijam is such a fun person to follow!  She has a lot of energy, and is always into something new.  She likes Anime/Manga, gadgets, design, stories and people. She recently started a new blog with @BarryckR called Xcaped Cat which is already on its way to being a huge success.  It’s a great resource and a lot of fun!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSarah-Jayne Gratton

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Sarah-Jayne is an author and a screenwriter. She is currently writing a book on Social Media. She lives in the UK and she loves to RT on Twitter. Her Twitter username is @grattongirl, and she is married to @grattonboy! #really

Twitter's Top Badass Womenheykim

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I can’t imagine my Twitter stream without heykim. She tweets about social media, entertainment, news, sports, music, travel and people. Her blog oooozes with positivity and inspiration. She truly has a heart of gold.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJazz Baker

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Jazz Baker is another brilliant businesswoman who believes in living the life you want and loving the life you live. She is a CNN media consulting and tech geek. She is interested in journalism, art and her iPhone. She is one of those people who has the cred to be snobby, but instead, she approaches the Twitterverse with her own style of joy, humility and happiness. For that, she is definitely a badass.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJessica Northey

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Most of the time when we read “social media expert” in someone’s bio on Twitter, we roll our eyes. Jessica Northey is one of the very rare people who really is that good in social media. She teaches her clients how to leverage social media to fit their needs. She is also a country music writer/blogger, speaker, on-air personality and columnist for AllAccess.com.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSissy Northey

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Sissy Northey is the professional companion and one-of-a-kind accessory for Jessica Northey. She is 50% Pomeranian and 50% Chihuahua. She likes long walks, short goodbyes and boiled chicken.  Sissy is a badass because she’s the only dog I know that has sent over 5,000 tweets. :)

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJackie Bigford

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Jackie is very passionate about ending world hunger, especially for children. She is also a friend to the animals, and she has a rescue shelter in her home for cats and kittens. Right now her main focus is to save the dolphins in Japan from the brutal annual slaughter in Taji, The Cove. It inspiring to watch Jackie and join her by being a voice for the animals and the people that don’t have one.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenJoyce Cherrier

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Joyce Cherrier is a misplaced Maui girl living in New Orleans. She’s spunky, fun, and if you see her body, you will understand why all the who’s who on Twitter trust everything she says about health and fitness. She is a very dear friend of mine, and her new blog Freaking Fitness (link above) is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKarima-Catherine

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Karima-Catherine is not afraid to speak her mind and challenge popular thinking. She is a social media practitioner, a business strategist, a foodie, a fashion observer and a Twitter addict. She lives in Montreal, Canada.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKat Jaibur

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Kat has a way of looking at life that is full of hope, happiness and possibility.  She has been around on Twitter for as long as I can remember, and her words of wisdom are always comforting to read in my Twitter stream.  She lives just north of Boston.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLisa Kemp

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Lisa is a marketing pro in the equine industry. She blogs for equestrian business owners and managers. Lisa lives in Chicago, Illiniois.  She obviously loves horses, and her spirit is as spunky as theirs!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKim Sherrell

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Kim is a filmmaker and tech personality. Her interests are new media, art, design, film, culture, music and comedy. She is the founder of @ArtWalkTV and an inspiration to many people on Twitter. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenKrys

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Krys is very passionate about law, all things iphone, all things videogame related and social media. She is the ultimate geek girl and friend. Whether she’s tweeting music for everyone in the Twitterverse to enjoy or talking about her new gadgets, this girl’s got it going on!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLaura Click

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Laura Click is known as a marketer, a problem solver and an innovator. She is the founder and chief innovator at Blue Kite Marketing in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a dog lover, a runner and an avid Mizzou fan.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLaura Duran

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Laura Duran is known for tweeting about leadership and PR. She is a PR consultant and brand manager interested in social media, creativity, art, food, placemaking, infrastructure, historic preservation and sustainability. She lives in Philadelphia.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLaura Walker

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Laura Walker has got to be one of the nicest most sincere people on Twitter. She is a badass in her own right, but you’d never know it from her humility. She loves musical theatre and working with children. One of her favorite quotes is, “Anything can happen if you let it.” She is addicted to Twitter and television.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenLori McNee

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Lori McNee is an artist, a blogger, a poetic painter, a quote junkie, a novice photog, a friend to the birds and animals, and a busy mom. She lives in the mountains of Idaho. In my opinion, Lori tweets some of the most creative tweets I’ve seen. She is a very talented artist and a fabulous writer.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLori Moreno

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Thank goodness Lori decided to leave her career as an attorney because now we get her on Twitter all to ourselves! She is all about spreading love and inspiration around the world. One her quotes is, “The more love you give, the more love you will enjoy!” She is the #LOVE Twitter badass that everyone loves! Thank you for being you Lori.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLori

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Lori’s blog called Oh, Shit… She’s Awake pretty much says it all. She is a sassy fun loving sweetheart that so many people on Twitter adore. He blog is hilarious and she is a great writer. Her positive energy has a way of transcending her avatar. She’s truly one of a kind!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLynda Bruschini

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Lynda is an Italian artist and illustrator. She creates designs for babies, kids and moms. She loves to draw, paint and laugh. When I went through some health issues last year, she taught me that I could be stronger than I ever knew possible. She comes a across as a subtle and soft-spoken tweeter, but underneath, she is one of the strongest women I know.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMarcome

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Marcome is a Canadian singer, songwriter and musician. She does a mixture of pop world music mixed with new age, jazz and ambient voices. Her name is pronounced Marko-may. She is good friends with @zaibatsu. Here is a sampling of some of her new age music to relax to.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMarjorie Clayman

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Margie Clayman was recently named Twitter’s own “Mother Goose” of blogging. She represents the third generation of Clayman Advertising. Her motto is “Give to get and love every minute!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDiane Meyer

Twitter | Website

Diane Meyer specializes in promotional products, corporate apparel, events/tradeshows and marketing strategies. She is a business owner, and she is very involved with branding efforts through promotional products and print media. She has a big heart and is known for her gracious RTs on Twitter!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMary Sarah

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Mary Sarah, aka Mary Sarah Music, is more of what I would call a “badass in training.” She is only 15 years old, but she is rockin on Twitter everyday like a pro. She tweets before school, after school and during her performances. She is a country/pop music singer and songwriter who is passionate about life and helping the homeless. Those of us who know her absolutely adore her. This is a song of hers that I tweet every Sunday because it’s the perfect Sunday morning song.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMeryl K. Evans

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Meryl Evans is the ultimate badass because he is known as an outstanding writer and editor, but she volunteers and referees the kids. She’s one of those people that you ask yourself, “How does she do it?” She still finds time to tweet everyday, which makes her even more special. The editor of PC Today Magazine wrote, “Meryl Evans has been an outstanding freelancer for PC Today Magazine. Her understanding of mobile technology has made her one of our go-to writers.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMisty Belardo

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If I could, I would write an entire post about why Misty Belardo is a badass. Her close friends on Twitter know what she has been through over the past year, and yet, she remains strong, focused and positive. Just last month she moved from the Philippines to the United States to work in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is one of my co-writers here on Bit Rebels, and she is also my closest Twitter friend. I am excited that I get to finally meet her for the first time in two weeks!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMichelle Mangen

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Michelle Mangen knows everything about Android. Period. If for no other reason, that is why she is a badass. She is also a social media virtual assistant who is a self proclaimed Excel Queen. She splits her time between Wisconsin and Florida.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenDebra Cincioni

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The name of Debra’s blog, Never Underestimate a Mother, is enough to keep me from misbehaving. She is a mom, entrepreneur, technology addict and musician. She works to unite moms of all kinds, and she reminds us that we are never alone as a mother.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenNini Baseema

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Nini is one of the most creative, talented photographers I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Her one self portrait a day project, which she started on January 1, 2001, inspires me and many others on a daily basis. She organized many of her social media friends to join her in the fun, and they are creating something really special. You can check out all the deets at One Selfportrait A Day. There is a lot of inspiration that follows this girl everywhere, and I’m so glad she shares the love with us all!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenIngrid Abbound

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Ingrid is on this list for one main reason… she is a kick ass blogger. Her nittyGriddy blog reads like a social media journal, and it is always a pleasure to learn and engage with her. Her content and copywriting is always spot-on. She is also witty, fun and insightful.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenLucie Hys

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Lucie is another Twitter addict that is a wonderful friend and sincere positive energy in the Twitterverse. She lives, breathes and loves anything social media and technology, and it shows in her blog. Her online world is her real world (hey, mine too!). Her blog Social Media & Hospitality Under Microscope, has taught me a lot about the hospitality industry, specifically hotels.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenPam Moore

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Pam describes herself as half marketing, half geek, CEO, entrepreneur, social media speaker, best-selling author, coach, blogger, lover of brand, God, family, friends, beach and life. Wow, that is a mouthful of badass if I’ve ever heard it! She’s known as the “Marketing Nut” from Tampa, Florida.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenAllison Rizk

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Since I’ve been friends with Allison for a while, I’ve known about her badass-ness for a decade now. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and as a result, everything she touches turns to golden success. She is an incredible speaker and motivator. Her most badass skill though is her ability to spot talented music artists before they become mainstream. She almost always calls it. Yep, badass for sure. She is known on the web as the famous Radio Potato. Check out her blog for great music clips and interviews.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenErika Napoletano

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Erika’s award-winning blog bitch slaps have earned her a reputation as a hot-headed fricken brilliant blogger who speaks her mind and always, always has spot-on content written well. If you like rants about brands that miss the mark and ladies who don’t put the seat down, you will love Redhead Writing. Her blog is one of the few in my bookmarks.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenMilana Ryan

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Milana is a sweet soul that ooooozes creativity with everything she does. Whether it’s an illustration, a song, a photograph, she shares her love of life with us all. She was one of the first people I met on Twitter in 2009. I was inspired by her then, and continue to be inspired by her today.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenNicky

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Nicky is another “badass in training” that is quickly transitioning into a full on badass. She is only 18 years old, but when you read her blog, it reads like it was written by a seasoned social media enthusiast. She is ranked in the top 64 Indian bloggers on Tech18.com, and she has guest posted at some of the most influential social media blogs on the net. She describes herself as an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Nicky, your talent is so far beyond your years, and it’s a blast watching you grow.

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Twitter's Top Badass WomenHeather Ostrom

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Heather is a real-estate marketing gal who’s unique style and sassy humor make her one of my Twitter favs. If you are in the real estate industry, you can learn so much from Heather and how she incorporates social media into her work and her daily life. My favorite thing about Heather is how she so famously changes the color of her glasses in her avatar for each special holiday. Yep, badass all the way!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSasha H. Muradali

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Sasha has always been a PR badass, but when she moved from sunny Miami, Florida to New York City, her career exploded and now she is truly a PR Queen. She was recently in Forbes Magazine because of her social media badass-ness. The thing I love about Sasha is that even with all her success, she still keeps it real. Also, she loves the color pink almost as much as I do. *wink*

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSara Hawkins

Twitter | Website

Sara knows a lot about a topic many people could use a little help with. She knows how to “save for someday” and make her dollars stretch so that she can fulfill all her dreams. Her blog, called Saving For Someday, teaches how to stop wishing and start doing. She teaches others how to make informed choices about spending. That’s one of the most badass things I’ve heard in a long time!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSharon Hayes

Twitter | Website

Sharon Hayes is one of the first social media queens I met when I joined Twitter. She is a hard working entrepreneur, and she knows everything there is to know about the value of a domain name. She loves music, tech, fitness, coffee, travel, sushi and smiles. She is sincere and gracious. She is a badass in every sense of the word.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenEsta H. Singer

Twitter | Website

Esta is a passionate photographer whose work will blow your mind. She takes a lot of photographs out in nature, and those are always my favorites. She is a professional connector, a strategist and an author. I remember when Esta first joined Twitter about a year ago, and ever since then, she has been sending warm, positive tweets consistently. She has catapulted to badass status in a very short amount of time, and she deserves it!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenShelly Kramer

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Everybody knows a “Twitter Badass” article wouldn’t be complete without the famous Shelly Kramer. She is a brilliant marketing/brand strategist, and idea generator, a creator of buzz and awareness, a scribbler, a social media lovah and information junkie. She loves Milk Duds and beer. She is the social media “secret weapon” for her clients. I learn from her everyday, and I can’t imagine my Twitter stream without her.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenShilpi Bose

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Shilpi is a best known for being a sarcastic writer who always sends gracious tweets and engages with her followers. @HowellMarketing and I both agreed that she needed to be on this list because she has her own unique style of badass-ness. She describes herself as being independent, friendly, optimistic and almost perfect (except for her addiction to caffeine). Shilpi is also a wife and mom, and lives in Hong Kong.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSima Dahl

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Simply put, Sima is one of Chicago’s most admired tweeters for her content and “Sway Factor” (the name of her book). She is a consultant, connector, communicator and social networking coach. She is a passionate blogger and the President of Parlay Communications.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenStaci J. Shelton

Twitter | Facebook | Website

In a word full of fast-paced living, fast-paced technology, and fast-paced social media, I’m glad I have Staci Shelton. She is a joyful evangelist full of gratitude. She is all about passion, purpose and productivity. As she puts it, she “changes the energy in the room.” I agree 100%.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenSusan Young

Twitter | Facebook | Website

When we were putting together this list, Susan Young was a person that @HowellMarketing instantly thought of. She inspires Amy and countless others on a daily basis. She is from New Jersey, but recently moved to San Antonio. She is all about news, PR and communications. She is an amazing connector and an amazing woman.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenGina Stark

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Gina, Gina, Gina… where do I start? Gina is a badass mainly because she makes up her own words and tweets them. Of course, being a talented belly dancer and having a rockin blog only add to her badass-ness. Gina is a very dear friend to many in the Twitterverse, and her I have a feeling she is a badass offline as well.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenTaryn Pisaneschi

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Taryn is the queen of creative marketing ideas. She lives right here in Atlanta, and she’s always cookin up a new networking event or marketing breakfast. She is also the founder of Women Intelligently Networking. She is a fun extrovert that I had the pleasure of meeting in person last month. She’s a badass all the way!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenTerri Nakamura

Twitter | Website

One thing a lot of people struggle with is finding great content to tweet. Terri obviously has that all figured out because every one of her tweets is pure gold. She is a Seattle based graphic designer who likes humor, Apple/Mac, interesting design, art, technology, weird pop culture stuff and breaking news. She RTs often and spreads her positive attitude about life to everyone she comes in contact with in the Twitterverse. She is also a very dear friend to many people, including me.

Twitter's Top Badass WomenCd Vann

Twitter | Website

Cd is the founder of #ungeeked chat on Thursdays at 8pm EST. She has her own very unique style of getting around the Twitterverse and collecting/sharing ideas. She loves coffee and purple martinis. She also believes in karma and faith. She’s a passionate advocate of intimate learning spaces. She’s also a mom, and a big talker!

Twitter's Top Badass WomenXan Pearson

Twitter | Facebook | Website

Xan, a VP of Marketing from Chicago, comes across as soft and sophisticated on Twitter, but underneath it all, this girl packs a powerful punch! She is a social media strategist who is interested in travel, reading, food and wine. She is a very genuine person who is a master connector on Twitter. She also promotes optimism and charity.

Update: Now that I have finished writing this, I can think of so many other women that deserve to be on this list like @beebow, @ellies58, @_Fleur__, and so many others. If you can think of some badass ladies that need to be here, please leave them in a comment below so we can check them out! :)

Why I Love QR Codes – Amy Neumann

2 Oct

Scan Amy Neumann's QR code for more!

Simply put, I love QR Codes because they make getting key information directly into someone’s hands easier and faster.

QR Codes, short for “Quick Response”, are these funky boxes (left) that when scanned link to more information online. [ I like using @daqri because of the number and types of links you can embed behind it.  It’s in private beta, and here’s their site, where you can request an invite:  daqri.com.]

This one shown is my personal QR Code, which I have on my business cards, sites, blogs, and pretty much everywhere.  If you download the free daqri app you can see the 8 links behind it (which can include PDFs, sites, maps, video, link to call directly, and more.)

These are brilliant to use for nonprofit events, where you can add directions and maps, info like an auction catalog, a way to purchase tickets and make donations via mobile like give.mobi, links to sites, direct click-to-call, and more in one spot.  You can upload videos of prior events and post pictures and videos of the event real-time.

Here are a couple great examples of using QR Codes:

What are your thoughts on QR Codes?

Twitter’s Claire Diaz-Ortiz @ClaireD: HOW TO Use Twitter for Good!

26 Sep

Twitter’s Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@ClaireD): HOW TO Use Twitter for Good!

“How can *I* use Twitter for Good?”

As a consultant to nonprofits and business about social media strategy, Twitter is without a doubt what garners the most curiosity and questions.  Having heard countless uplifting tales of how it can help people in disasters, break fundraising records, and create global awareness, people everywhere want to know: 

What’s the secret to Twitter?

 “Be a Force for Good.”
                    ~ Twitter’s operating principle

Claire Diaz-Ortiz, aka @ClaireD, Twitter’s Philanthropy & Social Good Expert.

Luckily, the day has arrived that Twitter’s own philanthropy and social good leader, Claire Diaz-Ortiz (pictured), has written the book on just that: the definitive How-To guide, “Twitter for Good”.  From co-founding a nonprofit for AIDS orphans (Hope Runs) in Kenya and using Twitter there in 2007, to helping the world’s largest nonprofits and socially responsible companies, Claire has seen amazing uses of Twitter and shares some best practices in her book.

Claire became impressed with Twitter impact for good while using it in 2007 in Kenya, running her nonprofit Hope Runs.

Having been inspired by Claire’s discussion of her T.W.E.E.T. model as panelists together at Dell’s Social Innovation Competition earlier this year, I asked her how we can all “Be a Force for Good.”

  • What do you consider most important for organizations who want to use Twitter for Good effectively?

“First, developing a strategy is the answer to ‘What am I doing on Twitter?’  I create the 5-Step framework called T.W.E.E.T. to help with that and for using Twitter:  Target, Write, Engage, Explore, Track.  It works because it’s simple.”

  • What are a few examples of nonprofits really leveraging the relationships from Twitter to impact awareness and fundraising or other key goals?

Pepsi Refresh showed what it means to pique the interest of the Twitter audience, and draw them to a site to learn more and take action.  Pepsi took $20 million, and later included another $1.3 million for the Gulf, and used Twitter to help local causes be broadcast across the nation and beyond to win grants to help their communities by voting.

Mark Horvath, well-known as @hardlynormal on Twitter and founder of InvisiblePeople.tv, is another brilliant example.  He travels the US and Canada interviewing our homeless friends on video and gives them a voice, a voice everyone can now hear because of the reach of Twitter.”

  • Twitter does numerous internal philanthropy projects, including your pro-bono Tweets for Good program.  Can you talk about that?

“Within our advertising platform, we offer pro-bono programs for non-profits already engaged on Twitter.  Promoted Tweets are a tool advertisers use to promote specific campaigns via Tweets on Twitter. The Promoted Tweets for Good programs is an application-based pro-bono program serving a number of non-profit organizations each year. We offer a second type of Promoted Tweets for Good ad hoc to organizations involved in disaster relief in times of crisis or civil unrest.”

        “People are basically good…When you give them a simple tool that helps them exhibit that behavior, they will prove it to you every day.”
                ~ Biz Stone

For more information on Claire’s book, and many more ideas, below is an informative trailer for “Twitter for Good”, which highlights additional tips and case studies.  More about programs mentioned can also be found at http://Hope140.org and http://Twitter4Good.com

The Video Trailer for the “Twitter for Good” book

I received an advance copy of “Twitter for Good” and found it incredibly helpful for both nonprofits and business, and for individuals too. ~ Amy  [Follow me on Twitter @CharityIdeas]


Claire's book, "Twitter for Good"

On “Luck” – Create Your Own

21 Sep

“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”

~ Brian Tracy

One of the things I taught homeless women trying to break free from abuse and poverty was a simple idea a smart woman taught me many years before.

To make more money than average, you have to do one of two things:  Do what other people won’t do, or do what other people can’t do.

Which leads me to the story about luck.

When I was a newly-minted 21-year-old, I won a trip for President’s Club to Las Vegas with my then-employer.  In all my glorious, worldly prowess, it seemed a great idea when the VP Sales for our region of that Fortune 500 company asked me to play $20 blackjack tables with her.

Yay!”, I thought.  “She wants to hang out!”  *So cool.*

And it was…

For the roughly 20 minutes it took me to lose $360.  That’s a lot.  And it was a LOT A LOT after just graduating!

So after that momentous few minutes, I looked at her and said, “I think I’ll go over there.” LOL.  To which she knowingly replied, “Amy, you’re a good sport.  You’ll never have blind “luck”.  Doesn’t matter.  You have drive.  Make your own luck.”

In Vegas, that was a nary a victory.  In life, truer words were never spoken.  And I am so glad for that…because “luck” is unpredictable.  Being kind, useful, smart, helpful, and open to learning is something anyone can have.  And if you can do or will do what others can’t, you will always create your own luck.

Now go on, do something amazing… and create your own luck.

Ask 5 for 5 – Help Africa’s Famine! #Ask5for5

20 Sep

Guest Blogger: Sarah Lenssen from #Ask5for5
Family photos by Mike Fiechtner Photography

Thank you (insert blog name) and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media Week.

A hungry child in East Africa can’t wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we’ll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything. Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee camps. 

At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren’t so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this? Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is the world’s first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a moment and let that settle in.

The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw the attention of society to respond–or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest celebrity’s baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers. Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering, but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do will be a drop in the ocean, and don’t do anything at all.

When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly avoided it. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it because I knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a 4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million. My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But would you do something for another mother’s hungry child?

My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya–the largest refugee camp in the world with over 400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby, Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in camp she told Jon, “I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible drought which finished both our livestock and our farm.” The family lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing lands dried up. “We don’t have enough food now…our food is finished. I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the situation continues.”

Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a dream built upon the belief that you will.

That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign called #Ask5for5 to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5, and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on–in nine generations of 5x5x5…we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month, over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for decades and will continue long after this famine has ended. Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government grants to
help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support,
healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families suffering in the Horn.

I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:

  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (http://seeyourimpact.org/members/ask5for5)
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share #Ask5for5 on Facebook and Twitter!

I’m looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs throughout Social Media Week. Email me at ask5for5@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating this week.

A hungry child doesn’t wait. She doesn’t wait for us to finish the other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might have a little more money to give. She doesn’t wait for us to decide if she’s important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as long as her weakened little body will hold on…please respond now and help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.

Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped–you are saving lives and changing history.

p.s. Please don’t move on to the next website before you donate and email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and if you’re life is busy like mine, you probably won’t get back to it later. Let’s not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of starving people, instead let’s leave a legacy of compassion. You have the opportunity to save a life today!
 

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