More new tech!


Take a look at our list of More New Tech for Nonprofits, I’m sure you’ll find something on this list that you can use at your nonprofit!

The Common is a sort of match-making site for non-profits and socially minded organizations needing help and looking to help others.

Once you sign up, you can either join a “Community” or add your own. By community, they mean non-profits, churches and activist groups. From there you are supposed to invite people you know that share the same goals as your community. I signed up as an administrator and added a non-profit I help run, Friends & RPCVs of Guyana.

As the administrator I was asked to post the collective “Abilities” of people in your “Community,” from mentoring to web design to mechanics, you can put anything. Then I was asked to post any “Needs” that my “Community” has. I posted our need for help with finding grants.

Individuals can post “Initiatives,” which are “jobs that are bigger than just one need. They encompass lots of needs that are related in some way. An initiative organizes needs under one umbrella. Facilitators are the only users who can create initiatives.”

If you want to affect real change, this services does a decent job at helping you or your organization figure out where to start.


Many of us use a number of websites and services with posts and pictures and videos all over the web. Lifestreaming takes all that content and puts it into one place. According to Wordspy, lifestreaming is “an online record of a person’s daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person’s online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.”

It’s basically a very easy way to aggregate your web activity and share with friends and family. According to Wired Magazine, it’s “the new black.” For the laziest among us, I can see this replacing blogging.

A few lifestreaming services below –

Google App Engine

Earlier this week, Google launched App Engine, a web service that takes care of hosting, servers and databases for developing web-based applications, all using Google’s own infrastructure. This frees up the developers to work on their applications while relying heavily on Google to maintain the nuts and bolts.

Though the service is similar to Amazon’s AWS, it lacks the ability to use App Engine’s features a la carte. According to, “applications cannot use more than 500 MB of total storage, 200 million megacycles/day CPU time, and 10 GB bandwidth (both ways) per day” and can only be written in Python.

Potentially I can see apps built on App Engine used on Android, Open Social and iGoogle, building Google’s dominance in advertising and social networking.

Scott S.

Scott was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgetown, Guyana from '03-'05 with the World Wildlife Fund. He helped to co-found FROG in 2007.

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