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August 2, 2013 in Resources, Technology

PauPress began back in 2006 when we started to code sites in WordPress for non-profits and start-ups. In 2010 it started to take shape as we built out a suite of functions for a number of large sites that had a demand for an integrated, professional platform to manage both their content and their audience. Since then it’s been a staple of our production environments for both large and small organizations alike. The concept was pretty simple — provide CRM functionality without all the baggage, headaches and costs so that social missions and creative endeavors could do more with less.

“We are Frank and Karoline Neville-Hamilton and we’ve been doing this sort of work online for non-profits and creative individuals since the late 90′s. We’ve worked with clients as large as the WorldBank and the United Nations and we’ve worked with endeavors as small as sites for our close friends who have taken the leap into self-employment. We’d like to think that that broad range of experience gives us a really good perspective on how solid business practices can be simplified and applied so that everyone can grow to do what they do best.” Source: PauPress

“With PauPress you can easily add and arrange as many custom fields to your user’s profiles as you need, set advanced permissions and then search those fields to find commonalities or differences. You can create as many contact forms as you like from your existing user fields and track detailed user activity with an intuitive note system. These are the basics of any CRM (contact relationship management) application and PauPress does it all with the ease and simplicity of WordPress.

“Need to do more? With the pro version, you get front-end user registration and account management, searching of user activity, bulk editing of users & actions, import user data, a full-featured e-commerce solution for purchases and donations, an email marketing engine that integrates with MailChimp, Google Maps, User-generated content and Membership restricted access — all integrated into the same application for a seamless user interface that just works.” Source:


June 1, 2013 in Resources, Technology

Get detailed and visual analytics on anyone’s tweets, retweets, replies, mentions, hashtags… Browse, search, filter and get insights on the people you follow and those who follow you … Monitor your interactions with fellow users of Twitter: mentions, retweets, favorites… Backup/export any user’s tweets to an Excel spreadsheet in just one click Monitor tweets from your favorite users, lists and keyword searches … Find out easily those you follow but don’t follow you back … Easily add & remove people you follow to your lists … jGet the list of the followers you don’t follow back … Add and remove people in batch to your lists … Browse, search, filter and sort your lists … Track clicks on the links in your tweets” Source: twitonomy

Another app I’ve just discovered, and, for me, is helping to fill the void left when I left Crowdbooster, is Twitonomy. It has some pretty great features: analytics, breaking down your tweets and showing you how you are doing with re-tweets and @mentions. …

“My favorite thing about Twitonomy is that you don’t have to have access to someone’s twitter account to analyze it. You wanna check out your competition? Just put their Twitter handle in the little box, and they’ll analyze it for you!” Source: Rebecca Coleman


March 1, 2013 in Resources, Technology

ePublishing drives profit for publishers with tools and services that empower a wide range of business models, leveraging new and broadly diversified income streams – creating deep reader engagement with contextual Content, Community and Commerce.

‘Content consumption is changing rapidly and so must the technology that creates, drives and monetizes the online and mobile presence of today’s media companies,’ said Thomas Chaffee , CEO of ePublishing. …” Source: ePublishing, PRnewswire

Increasingly, media companies are realizing that Cloud Software as a Service business solutions are the best path to deliver more to advertisers and grow their enterprise value while achieving the necessary speed to recognize, adopt and capitalize on emerging revenue opportunities.” Source: emedia vitals


December 21, 2012 in Resources, Technology

Mention Mapp is the perfect way to find relevant users by allowing you to discover who interacts the most with what you and they are talking about.

Mention Mapp works by uploading users’ tweets and displaying data visualizations of discussions between users  in clusters. The lines drawn between nodes [i.e., users, hashtags, images, etc.] become thicker if the users talked about each other more often. This draws the viewer’s attention to big discussions. Hovering over an edge also reveals the exact number of mentions.” Source: Clout Media (link no longer supported)

Every Twitter client out there gives you a list of your mentions. But to see the relationships between you and the people that you mention is time consuming and usually involves a lot of scrolling. Go one step further to try to trace the way that other people are connected to you and to other Twitter users by the conversations that they have and it becomes an impossible task.

Mentionmap is a sweet tool that not only allows you to see the people that you have the most conversations with but also the way that other Twitter users connect to you. Just enter any Twitter user name to be presented with a sweet interactive map of connections that you can explore. Source: The Next Web


December 7, 2012 in Resources, Technology

LearnStreet is an early-stage startup focused on changing the way people of all backgrounds and skill levels learn how to code.

We are a small, passionate team of product craftsmen, hackers and designers doing what we love—building a service that inspires users to tap into their amazing potential. We believe putting the power of coding in more hands can unleash a wave of creativity that makes the world a better place for all of us.” Source: LearnStreet


October 25, 2012 in Resources, Technology

With a few quick steps, you can turn your old comment system into a new way to engage your visitors. From small blogs to massive websites, Disqus is [an easy way] to build active communities. It’s free to use and works with virtually any type of website.” Source: Disqus

Disqus looks to make it very easy and rewarding for people to interact on websites using its system. Commenters can build reputation and carry their contributions from one website to the next. Using the Disqus’ built-in network effects, bloggers and publishers can expect a higher volume and higher quality of conversations by using the comment system.” Source: Crunch Base


October 25, 2012 in Resources, Technology

Enter any word, phrase, hashtag, URL or username and TweetCharts will return a comprehensive report, including data on reply, retweet, and link percentages as well as the most common words, most mentioned users, most used hashtags and more.” Source: Dan Zarrella, TweetCharts

TweetCharts, a new site from Hubspot, does the data crunching for you. Just plug in your phrase or hashtag. It searches the past week’s tweets, and then, pops out lots of pretty charts to show your bosses you’re not just wasting your time tracking or participating in the Twitter conversation. The site explains at a glance who’s talking about the topic and generally, what they’re linking to or how engaged they are in the words you’re looking at.” Source: MediaBistro


October 11, 2012 in Community, Resources, Technology

There are many schools of thought on how to improve commenting on the internet, most of which focus on trying to convince commenters to be more civil. But ReadrBoard turns that idea on its head, asking commenters to be more specific. And doing that, it found a whole new way of looking at the process. Co-created by Porter Bayne, Tyler Brock and Eric Chaves, ReadrBoard aims to change the face of online conversation as we know it. After a successful beta test on news site Hypervocal and (full disclosure) Latoya Peterson’s site, Racialicious, Bayne, Brock and Chavs decided to revamp the overall design and user interface in 2012.  Here Bayne explains the concept behind ReadrBoard, discusses redesign on the fly, and shares a visual history of ReadrBoard’s evolution…

At ReadrBoard, we all think that all reader engagement — a share, a Like, a comment, a bookmark, a copy-paste, anything — is preceded by some emotion or thought: “That’s funny,” or “no way,” or “really?” or “my friend would love this,” and so on and so on. And we’re sure that far more readers have a reaction to content than are currently Liking, commenting, etc.

So, ReadrBoard is working to make it simple for readers to do that: react to content, with just a click. Sort of like a Like button … but any emotion or thought. And you can react to the whole page, or any part of a page…

The biggest conceptual change we had was realizing that the reaction precedes everything. Our early, prelaunch versions would show a reader five buttons after they selected content: react, or comment, or share, or search or bookmark. But we wanted it to be as simple as possible, as it felt like work to have to pick. Steve Jobs would say, “make it have one button.” Well, which one?

So, we asked ourselves, “what is the ONE thing this MUST do?” It seemed clear: react. The idea of losing the other functions was a system shock in a way, but we dug in on it. We would ask, “what if someone wants to react & share? React & comment?” It was always “react and _____”. That helped us realize, “oh… everything comes from a reaction. Rating, sharing, & commenting are all forms of expression that elaborate on the initial reaction or thought. So let’s start there.” Source:

Digital Training Comes of Age

August 24, 2012 in Craft, Education, Resources, Technology

Journalists want to learn new digital tools and techniques. Will they be comfortable learning those things digitally, using webinars, e-learning and self-directed classes? If online education is easier to provide than ever, are news organizations rising to the occasion?

In its search for answers, this new Knight Foundation report details the Web-survey responses of 660 active alumni from the roughly 3,000 journalists who received Knight-branded professional development within the past two years.

  • Digital Training Comes of Age shows a growing demand for training as journalists adapt to the 21st century’s evolving media ecosystems. Journalists want more training in digital tools such as multimedia, data analysis and technology. Most give their news organizations low marks for providing training opportunities.
  • Digital classes are gaining popularity as a cost-effective way to reach more trainees. Significant numbers of journalists who have participated in online classes say they are as good as, or better than, conventional training in the classroom.
  • Training organizations are adapting to the digital age. They are providing more training online and rethinking how their programs can foster the transformation of journalism.
  • Professional development has impact. Training helps journalists adopt new digital tools, create change in their organizations, or find new ways to be part of the news ecosystem.
  • Continuing education drives change in forward-looking organizations. Training and staff development helps them achieve their goals and become more adaptive.” Source: The Knight Foundation

Based on the 660 journalists surveyed, the Knight survey identified the following 10 key points:

  1. Lack of training is a major source of job dissatisfaction.
  2. Overwhelmingly, journalists say they want more training.
  3. Increasingly, journalists want digital-tools training.
  4. Journalists say they aren’t getting the training they most need.
  5. Most journalists give their news organization poor marks for training.
  6. Journalists used their training and are likely to recommend it.
  7. Online training is growing more popular, especially internationally.
  8. Many journalists pay for their own training.
  9. News organizations must become learning organizations.
  10. Work focus shifts to digital and combined media.

The survey findings show a variety of reasons why news organizations today need to spend more time and resources toward professional development of their employees and include digital learning opportunities as much as possible.

This can be achieved by creating a “learning culture” in the newsroom.

This “learning culture” must be pervasive throughout the whole organization – from the top all the way to the bottom.

There are many ways that news ventures including nonprofits can start creating this kind of culture.” Source:


August 17, 2012 in Community, Resources, Revenue, Technology

A new software tool developed by JJCS gives news organizations a direct means to facilitate community engagement and contribution in a time when many are struggling to find a way to efficiently and inexpensively cover hyperlocal.

JReporter, an application that works with the Android and iOS interfaces, allows a licensing media company to solicit content, whether it is text, video, audio or stills, from local citizens via geo-targeted messages. The user can then submit content to the news organization through the app, which integrates with the media company’s CMS.

The app offers local news organizations inexpensive content that they can subsequently turn around and monetize through digital ads. The app will ideally allow media outlets to cover more hyperlocal events, ranging from school board meetings to high school football games, that may otherwise not be cost-efficient…

From a journalism standpoint, the application makes sense as a way to foster community engagement and promote the local media’s role as the “place where the community comes to learn about itself” — a phrase JJCS has trademarked. At the very least, this content can be used to develop a searchable archive. But whether the app can develop a strong enough user base to drive ad revenue, both via resulting Web content and directly on the mobile app, through proximity-based messages from local merchants, will ultimately determine its success.” Source: Street Fight Daily

News organizations face four problems:

Dwindling Reporting Staff •  Lack of Content Ownership
Ineffective Revenue Streams • Lackluster Customer Engagement

JReporter makes it easy for customers and reporters to send breaking news video,
stills and audio directly into your editorial content management system with the
correct ancillary information (metadata) and a release.

In the today’s world, one of your customers is at every news event with a smart
phone and who will, if it’s easy, give you coverage. JReporter is easy to use and
ensures that you know who is sending you content, so that you can follow up, get
additional information, and interview the eyewitness…

Cloud based and advertising supported, JReporter ensures high availability and
low cost of entry. JReporter does not require any changes to your current working
environment and can be ready to go in no time.

JReporter includes embedded revenue opportunities and is white labeled for
sponsorship, branding or embedding.” Source: JReporter