10 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits, Social Entrepreneurs and Activists

Posted by on October 25, 2009 in Featured, Funding, PR+Social Media - 12 Comments

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There is no doubt that Twitter has turned into a priceless tool to help nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and online activists collaborate, fund raise and share good works.

I’ve written articles about helping children in poverty with Twitter and leveraging Twitter to fund nonprofits and while writing these articles, come across a plethora of great “twools” (Twitter tools) that can help change-makers propel their cause through promotion and fundraising.

I thought a good list of nonprofit-specific twools would be a useful resource for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit employees and activists alike. So jump on in, here they are:

1. Act.ly:

Have a petition, retweet or event you want to show the Twitter universe? Act.ly allows just this.

2. TweetProgress:

Want bigger, better and more progressive change? Head to TweetProgress to register yourself and find others that have the same ideals as you.

3. AdCause:

Yes, advertising on Twitter can be spammy and has already been done, but on AdCause you can donate your proceeds to charities of your choice and add nonprofits you love.

4. Tweehive:

Fashioned by a group of creative nature enthusiasts, Tweehive is a mass role play by human beings of a bee colony on Twitter. Well this might not bee up your alley, consider it an example of how to organize tweeters for your cause.

5. @2gov:

Include @2gov in tweets related to your advocacy campaign and @2gov will identify specific representatives and send them a tweet.

6. TwitCause:

Follow @TwitCause on Twitter. Nominate your organization. Promote your Cause. Vote for the next TwitCause winner.

7. Twollars:

A word created from Twitter+dollars, Twollars gives Twitter users an easy way to donate to charities. Just tweet to your favorite nonprofit, “5 Twollars for [enter reason]” and you will be giving them approximately $1. Make sure to register and check out the FAQs.

8. Twitpay:

A simple way to get donations on Twitter. All you need is a Twitter and PayPal account.

9. Twititions:

Similar to Act.ly, but without the option of retweets and events, Twitition helps you create, sign, and share petitions on Twitter.

10. Twestival:

In their words, “A Twestival or Twitter-Festival is a global series of events organized by volunteers around the world under short time scales, which bring people offline for a great cause.”

In addition to this list of tools, collaborating with other change-makers on Twitter is key to a successful Twitter-You relationship. Take a peek at the following 3 resources and show these tweeters some love:

Know of a Twitter tool that isn’t mentioned? Comment it below.

Tristan Pollock

Co-founder of SocialEarth and Storefront. AngelPad alum. Ex-BestBuy.com.

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12 Comments on "10 Twitter Tools for Nonprofits, Social Entrepreneurs and Activists"

  1. BrianBBrian October 26, 2009 at 1:30 am ·

    http://twibbon.com is a free tool for activists and non-profits, specifically designed to make it easy to promote a cause on Twitter (and now Facebook & MySpace).
    You create your cause with a small Twibbon image which your supporters can overlay on their profile image to spread the word for you. Very easy to get started; 20,000 causes have already set-up shop on Twibbon.

  2. thegreenpages October 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm ·

    Twitter mania indeed.

  3. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 11:05 am ·

    Hi Brian- great mention! Twibbon is a powerful tool. Thanks for adding!

  4. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 11:05 am ·

    For sure :)

  5. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm ·

    Hi Brian- great mention! Twibbon is a powerful tool. Thanks for adding!

  6. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm ·

    For sure :)

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    Glad i recently uncovered this website, will make sure to book mark it so i can stop by frequently.

  8. Larae Tirino September 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm ·

    I just found this through Yahoo. Twitter is so helpful and this is very helpful. I’m always on the lookout for twitter help. I’ll check back soon, Thanks!

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