Change The Web Challenge from Social Actions

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Not too long ago, I submitted my chapter to BJ Fogg's Psychology of Facebook Applications.  The chapter is an analysis of Facebook applications that help raise money or awareness or encourage people to take a social action.   My conclusion was that we're still in the early stages of Facebook Apps for good and that we'll see better results through effective collaborations between nonprofit fundraisers and application developers. 

The key here is that collaboration between nonprofit needs and application developers that's for all applications not just Facebook. 

Social Actions has designed the Change the Web contest to stimulate innovative and effective web application development that facilitate social actions.  The winning application will receive $10,000.  Social Actions is reaching out to social software tool builders to dream up a new tool to help people find and share
actions.  It can be an application for any web enabled device -- IPhone, web site, blogs, Facebook, or other social networks. 

Here's a few examples of web apps already created by Social Actions:

  • 'Related Ways to Take Action' WordPress Plugin:
    A plugin you can add to any WordPress.org blog that identifies the
    keywords of each blog posts and then displays related ways to take
    action.

  • Twitter Action Pack: A directory of 30+ Twitter accounts that automatically post actions on the issues you care about.

  • Firefox Ubiquity Command: A Firefox mashup that lets you highlight any phrase as your browse the web and find related ways to take action.

Visit the Social Actions Change the Web page for more details on the competition process and how to participate.

 

Beth Kanter, BlogHer CE for Nonprofits, writes Beth's Blog

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