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Intro to Twitter for Nonprofits and Social Enterprises

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Update 20/5/2011:

This event is now fully booked. If you have RSVPed "yes" and are now unable to attend, please change your RSVP so someone on the waiting list can attend. You can also participate in this event at a live event with the Manchester Net Tuesday group. Here are all the details for participating in Manchester ( Or, you can participate virtually from the comfort of your own home. Here are all the details for participating virtually (!

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 (!/search?q=%23VirtualNet2)

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.