Tech Tip: How to sign up as a Connector (video)

If you’re not a Connector yet or want to give someone else a hand with signing up, this short-and-sweet instructional video will show you how easy it is to get started.

 

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Tech Tip: U.S. cities are now metro areas

If your Team is in the United States, you may have noticed your name is different today.

We just updated the Team pages so that many cities across the U.S. are now organized by metropolitan area, which includes surrounding suburbs.

Why did we do this?

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We noticed there were several one-member Teams close to cities with engaged Connectors, and we wanted to help those Teams of one connect with others nearby. This change most impacts suburban Teams who are now grouped into a single Metro Area Team.

We consolidated all existing Topics and Resources into the Area Teams, so anything you posted through the Idealist Network should still be available.

Note that when you search for a Team by location and it’s a part of a metro area, you’re directed to the Metro Area Team. For example: searching for Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, gets you to the Portland Area Team page:

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We excluded a few cities because they are seriously buzzing with Connectors! These include NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, L.A., the Bay Area, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.

Tech Tip:

If you’d prefer to continue having a Team for your specific town, you can propose it at the bottom of the Team page. To be created, a proposed Team must have three additional members join you.

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Sara Jensen is a technical support representative at Idealist. Feel free to reach out to her if you need help or have questions: sara.jensen@idealist.org.

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Tech Tip: How to update your Idealist profile

Completing your profile on Idealist is one of the best ways to connect with the Idealist community.

Through your profile, you can message other people and organizations doing good; create Email Alerts to hear about new opportunities for action; and view people in your area who share your passions—to name just a few.

Additionally, as a Connector, maintaining a colorful, informative profile will help you in your work.

Displaying more of your interests and areas of expertise will help more people to find you, and they’ll feel more invited to connect with you if they know what you’re about.

Creating a stellar profile is easy—Kat from our video team walks you through it in this short video:

 

How has your Idealist profile helped you in your work as a Connector?

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Tech Tip: How to subscribe to Team discussions

It’s important to keep up with conversations on topics you’ve started or joined on your Team page, and many of you have asked for an easier way to do so. We heard you!

The next time you start a discussion or leave a comment on an existing one, you’ll receive an auto-email from Disqus, the company who hosts our discussion forums.

In this example, I started a discussion called “Testing topic subscriptions” on the Portland Team page.

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Within a few minutes, Disqus sent me an email asking me if I’d like to subscribe to discussions on Idealist. (Note: the subject line looks a little funky right now—we’re working on that!)

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The link in the email takes you to Disqus’ website where there’s a friendly subscription confirmation waiting for you:

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Now you’ll receive an email notification anytime someone comments on a discussion thread you’ve started or joined.

You can also turn on discussion subscriptions in your Settings. (When you’re logged into Idealist, you can find your Settings in the drop-down menu under your name in the top right corner of almost any page.) You’ll see the box below with the checked option “There are new comments in discussions I begin or participate in.” (Or you can uncheck that box to unsubscribe.)

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Now you’ll receive an email anytime someone comments on your discussions. That’s it!

Sara Jensen is a technical support representative at Idealist. Feel free to reach out to her if you need help or have questions: sara.jensen@idealist.org.

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Tech Tip: Taking advantage of your Team’s page

No doubt, you already know some of the ways your Team’s page can help you in your work as a Connector: you and your Teammates can share ideas on the discussion forum, post upcoming events, easily see everyone on your Team and link to their Idealist profile…

But your page offers a lot more than just those prominent features. Here are three other easy things you can do to source new connections, share resources and info, and grow your Team:

1. Find local organizations.

Scroll down to the middle of your Team’s page and you’ll see the heading “Network” on the left side. Click the “Local organizations” link below it and you’ll be taken to a list of search results for all the nonprofits in your area who’ve registered on Idealist. I live in Brooklyn, New York and just tried it: we have over 1,200 organizations right in our backyard!

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2. Post a resource.

Been meaning to create that resource inventory for your Team? Want to start a reading list of interest to Connectors? Or maybe you want to create a shared document to hold your ideas for future meeting spaces? All you have to do is click the blue “Add a resource” button, give your link a name, and paste it in. Resource accomplished!

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3. Meet more Connectors.

If you’re looking to beef up your Team, you’ve come to the right place. Also under the Network heading on the left, the “Connectors in the area” link will show you how many other Connectors live near you. If you see any who aren’t on your Team yet, you can message them from their Idealist profile to introduce yourself.

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How have you been using your Team’s page to get Connecting? Please share how in the comments!

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Tech Tip: How to discuss Tools and Tactics with your Team

We’ve been talking a lot lately about our Tools and Tactics—replicable templates for action that range from holding a 3Qs meeting to hosting a nonprofit career fair. Now it’s your turn!

If you’re feeling inspired by a particular Tool and Tactic and want to start a conversation about it on your Team page, here’s how to do it:

1. Start at the Connector Hub. In the top section, “Tools and Tactics for Connectors: More and Better,” click the “Learn more” button.

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2. Scroll down until you find one you want to discuss. In this example, I clicked “Host a civic write-a-thon.” Notice the message on the right that says, “Want to try this? Talk about it with your Team!” The big orange “Start a discussion” button is just begging me to share.

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3. So I clicked on the button and the discussion now lives on my Team’s page. Behold!

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4. At the same time, my Team page gets a Tools and Tactics section. Go multi-tasking! (Pro tip: Each Tool and Tactic has only one discussion per Team associated with it. So once someone in your Team has pulled a Tool and Tactic onto your page, you’ll be able to join the discussion and upvote comments.)

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That’s it. It’s a small thing, but we hope it makes connecting easier.

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Sara Jensen is a technical support representative at Idealist. Feel free to reach out to her if you need help or have questions: sara.jensen@idealist.org.

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