Bookmark This Tool: Adobe Voice

I’ve struggled over an opening sentence to this post for quite some time. For moments like this, Adobe Voice can help.

This app allows you to create short, compelling videos using your tablet or phone. You can create an inspirational video using your own photos and music (or borrow some of theirs). This tool also automatically creates “closing credits” for your video to cover any usage rights.

The best part? You don’t need any graphic design or development skills to be able to create your video. The interface is very intuitive, allowing for drag/drop of images, music, and …read more

All Things E Weekly Roundup

Here’s what you may have missed…

TechPresident: World Bank’s New Website Lets Countries Compare Data on Education – The World Bank launched last week an open data portal called the Systems Approach for Better Education Results or SABER, which has so far collected data from 100 countries on education policies and institutions. Officials can use the tool to gather and analyze information on their own education systems and compare them with those of other countries.

Nextgov.com: Have Presidential Speeches Gotten More ‘Tweetable’? – The White House regularly tweets sentences from key speeches on its various feeds. Which made Yahoo’s News …read more

Tinkers: How Technology Brings Out the Scientist in Everyone

This summer, I took a friend on a drive through beautiful Cape Elizabeth, Maine. After devouring a lobster roll, we hopped on some large rocks and sat down, staring into the beautiful, crackling waves. I have always harbored a healthy love and fear of the deep ocean. I want to learn its secrets.

I shared this thought with my friend. “I wish I had a science-brain,” I sighed. “But I don’t.”

My friend, who is both a mathematician and science enthusiast, laughed. “I think everyone already has science-brain. We all want to discover things. Scientists are just the people who …read more

How To Use Padlet For World Domination

One of the most aggravating road blocks to successful world domination is the pop-up window asking for an email address. Nothing makes us shut down faster than being asked to create yet another username and password combination.

Enter Padlet, a browser-based blank slate. The tool-formerly-known-as Wallwisher lets users create a virtual bulletin board with very few layout constraints. The best part? You don’t need an account to contribute content.

While Padlet is a great tool for personal use (and may be responsible for naming your baby), community go-getters are utilizing this site to mobilize the masses. Here are four ways …read more

What Makes Your Pin Perfect?

What makes a GREAT Pinterest image?

I asked a group this question as part of a social media training I gave this week.

Before they could answer, I showed them what data says: Wired Magazine and others recently published the results of year-long “Perfect Pin” data gathering from Philadelphia start-up, Curalate, who correlated information about how often pins are shared, liked, or commented upon with characteristics of a pin and came up with a half dozen answers about what is GREAT.

Here they are:

No Human Faces Little Background (main subject takes up more of the background) Lots of Reds …read more

From All Things E to the Today Show!

She was our most recent guest for our “Tips of The Trade” feature, sharing her insights and advise on effective ways to use social media. Now Nicollett Pizzitola will be featured on the Today Show! Please set your TV, DVR or Tivo TOMORROW, May 1st, for her live appearance on the Today Show during the 8:00 AM ET hour. She’ll be hosting a segment designed to help women who are stuck in their careers find their way out of a professional rut.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Compass Point Associates, Nicolette leads a coaching and consulting firm which helps …read more

Integrate Virtual Job Fairs into your Non-profit’s Hiring Strategy

Whether your non-profit or organization is large or small, I’d venture a guess that when a position opens up or you’re looking to expand, you post on idealist.org or a more generic jobs site, and keep your fingers crossed for a diverse set of quality applicants.

If you get the applicant pool you’re looking for, your next move is to conduct dozens of screening calls for the applicants you are interested in. Then, you invite some into your offices for interviews (perhaps multiple rounds). During this process you are losing time, money, and patience.

Even with today’s job friendly Internet …read more

What Hashtag to Use? Crowd-sourced Hashtag Projects Could be the Answer

hashtag (Photo credit: danielmoyle)

With any cause or campaign, it’s often daunting and difficult to dive into a Twitter conversation. You’re supposed to listen first, right? What are popular hashtags? Where do you find the online influencers? Are there conferences or Twitter chats you should be following?

If you’re asking all of the right questions, but still throwing spaghetti against your Twitter wall, know that you are not alone.

Without certain powerful and expensive analytical tools already in our online bookmarks, non-profits, advocacy groups, small businesses, and more are at a loss for how to quickly understand specific Twitter …read more

Phone Home

What do you do when you can no longer go home for family dinners? This is the question our family recently faced when my sister and I relocated to Maryland this June, moving 588 miles away from our dad and our hometown in Lansing, MI.

Family dinners are important to the three of us and we were able to recreate the experience with Skype, an online video calling platform that allows you to call anyone, anywhere, for free. Every other Sunday my sister and I sit down for a Skype dinner with my dad. We each cook the …read more

Social Gifting: the New eCommerce

Major retailers such as Best Buy, Gap Inc. and Starbucks are all lining up to team up with Wrapp, a brand new social gifting service. A Swedish company made up of former executives from Spotify and Groupon, Wrapp is an app that allows Facebook friends to buy each other gift cards from participating retailers. Commonly valued at $5 to $15, the gift cards can be bought individually or in a group. Retailers are betting that the app will lure customers into their stores and once inside, they will end up spending more than the gift card’s value.

Hjalmar Winbladh, Wrapp’s …read more