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Intro to Twitter for Nonprofits and Social Enterprises

  • May 24, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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Update 20/5/2011:


Update 18/5/2011:

  • We're excited to announce that we'll be livestreaming the audio from this event to the NetSquared group up in Manchester. We'll do our best to make the technological side of making it happen go smoothly (it's our first time trying this!)
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided by the lovely folks at Cambridge Online. 
  • We're hoping to make this a collaborative experience for attendees in Manchester and Cambridge. So, share your thoughts using the event hashtag: #VirtualNet2


About the event:

Love it or loathe it Twitter (and social media more generally) is one if the noisiest areas of online activity. It's use has polarised opinion across the board from @StephenFry tweeting about everything from #twicket to #Fitzbillies to John Humphrys believing that a billion people can be wrong and Twitter will make fools of us all.

Social Media can, when used effectively, provide an effective and low cost way of reaching out to the wider world for small charities and social enterprises - levelling the playing field if you like - and getting messages out, supporting fundraising initiatives, research, brand recognition and reaching a wider audience. 

It can be fun, it can become a total time waster and it can become a valuable marketing tool.

About the Speaker:

Ellie Stoneley is a freelance networker both online and offline, with 12 years experience of working with both #hyperlocal and international organisations using the internet to help them make more noise. She's a great fan of sunshine, shopping locally and Bruce Springsteen and believes that "from small things, big things come".

An RSA fellow, Ellie gained valuable insights into the way the internet can benefit very small communities during her 8 years with a website that was very much the 'big society' before it was even dreamt of, and has subsequently worked with RaceOnline 2012 & Martha Lane Fox the UK digital champion, the National Association of Local Councils, talk about local, ClearlySo, the Learning Pool, various Government departments, an occasional member of the E Street Band and a plethora of other businesses, public and private organisations which champion 'local'. 

Ellie is delivering part of the Cambridge MBA module on fundraising using social media and works in a voluntary capacity with the afore mentioned Mr Humphrys 'doing' the social media for his charity. John says of this work, "A young woman who helps me with a small charity I set up a few years ago (the Kitchen Table Charities Trust) has started tweeting about it, and it’s proving pretty effective at raising the charity’s profile and some much-needed contributions too." 

Her social media experience has taken her from the UK to LA and to Madagascar and India in recent years

Follow Ellie on Twitter @e11ie5

Read about how she got involved with the Kitchen Table Charities Trust

A few of the other Twitter accounts she manages:

@KitchenTableCT (Kitchen Table Charities Trust)

@DC10plusnetwork (eGovernment, digital inclusion, local Govt)

@FofSC (Friends of Stourbridge Common)

@GrantchesterPub (Green Man Grantchester)

@ChauncyMaples (the Chuancy Maples charity onbehalf of Thomas Miller)

or on Facebook 

Kitchen Table Charities Trust

Friends of Stourbridge Common

St George's Church, Chesterton

The Green Man, Grantchester

Madagascar Development Fund

About the venue:

Cambridge Online is an educational charity promoting computer access for all. It has a network of 20 local community access points in Cambridge, a specialist accessibility service supporting disabled people, and a mentoring programme for volunteer tutors. They are partners with UK online centres, RaceOnline2012 and BBC First Click.


About Net2Camb:

Net2Camb is a free monthly event for people in and around the Cambridge area interested in using web or mobile technology for social good. Whether you are a nonprofit organization in the traditional sense, a venture capitalist, a programmer, an individual with a great idea, or a social changemaker, Net2Camb is here to help you make connections and create a community around innovating for good in Cambridge. These events are great opportunities to learn what others are trying, see successful projects and platforms, hear about developing technologies, make new friends and collaborate on new projects.

This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning about using web and mobile technology for social benefit.


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  • Steven K.

    Learnt a great deal, and came away excited about what could be done, both as a tweeter and web developer. Inspiring to see people who care very much about causing change for good causes. Managing to share the experience with Manchester is also no mean feat, so thumbs up to everyone involved in setting that up.

    May 25, 2011

  • Marc B.

    great to see so many people from charities and non-profits.

    May 25, 2011

  • Claire S.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in this event in person, in Manchester, and around the world! All of the event content is still available, as is a wrap-up and photos. Get the full overview in this blog post:

    May 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good to learn some more about Twitter and great to see so many people from charities and non-profits.

    May 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative and interesting. It would have been good to have some printed notes, although I appreciate this costs money and time.

    May 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting learnt masses and enjoyed meeting everyone Thanks so much x

    May 25, 2011

  • Claire S.

    Here are all the details for participating virtually. If you're on the waiting list, you should definitely give it a look:

    May 20, 2011

  • Claire S.

    Thanks for that offer, Steven! I am going to do my very best to share instructions for accessing the audio and slides from home/office/anywhere in the world. Once I have all the details I'll be sure to share the info here!

    May 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you're struggling for space, then people are most welcome to come and join us that evening at Manchester Net Tuesday -

    Just a thought!

    May 18, 2011

  • Claire S.

    It's a pretty small venue. I'll send an email to the list reminding people to update their attendance plans ahead of the event. There's always a good chance a few people's plans will have changed and you will get moved up the queue.

    May 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    On the waiting list. What are the chances that it will be ok to turn up?

    May 18, 2011

  • Claire S.

    Thanks for the offer, Andrew! I have just sent you an email with a few questions to see if this is a match! Fingers crossed!

    April 26, 2011

  • Andrew E.

    You would be welcome to use our Cambridge Online Learning Centre, CB4 1AX.

    2 · April 26, 2011

  • Claire S.

    Thanks for that feedback - your timing is excellent! I'm looking into venues and will be sure to keep that in mind as I go.

    I can't promise that it won't be in a pub (they're free and easy to book) but I can try to get some other space donated for the event.

    If you (or anyone else) has venue suggestions, I'm all ears!

    April 26, 2011

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