Google Tools for Nonprofits

On Tuesday at noon, we met in the Computer Classroom and shared how to use different Google Tools to enhance a nonprofit’s web presence.

We watched parts of this video demonstrating how one grassroots nonprofit has successfully incorporated Google Tools into their work. We discussed Google Grants for Ad placement, Google Analytics and Checkout features, all highlighted on the Google for Nonprofits page

We ran through many of the tools available through Google and participants shared how they are using things like the Calendar feature for events and syncing with their wordpress blog.

We discussed RSS feeds using Google Reader to have internet news that you choose to follow delivered to your inbox.

In addition to Google Apps, we discussed a few other 2.0 tools, including:

Scribd: An online document storage site that bills itself as “social publishing” and offers an easy way to share Word Documents, PDFs and more. Once loaded, you can password protect your information to keep it among friends, or open it to public viewing.  It also works as a publicly searchable “digital library” of documents posted by others.

Whrrl: An online “visual storytelling” site that allows users to post photo slide shows with commentary.

Feedly: A Firefox-compatible application that sorts your RSS feeds into a reader-friendly layout, leading one participant to exclaim “Oh, it’s like your own magazine!”

Slideshare: A site for posting powerpoint presentation. It also works as a publicly searchable “digital library” of presentations posted by others. Search by Category or Keyword.

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