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50,000 Nonprofits on Twitter!

April 21, 2011

[tweetmeme] It took 2 years, 10 months, and 50,000 clicks of a mouse, but yesterday @NonprofitOrgs followed its 50,000th nonprofit on Twitter! I start each morning browsing those that followed @NonprofitOrgs the day and night before, and follow those that are nonprofits and nonprofit staff in return. There a handful of nonprofit service providers in there too.

That said, I’ve been saving up and to commemorate 50,000 nonprofits on Twitter I donated $500 to my Favorite Nonprofits. The next benchmark is when I hit 500,000 followers. That will be a $500 donation too. #GivingIsGood

Finally, since I spend a lot of time browsing nonprofits on Twitter, especially those making their debut, a few simple pieces of advice for the newcomers:

1. Upload a logo and add a bio and website before you start following people. Make a strong first impression. People aren’t following you back because the default Twitter Egg image and a blank bio tells them nothing about who you are or what your nonprofit stands for.

2. Definitely send out a few tweets before you start following people. You want to make sure that there are some “Recent Tweets” displayed when people first click on your Twitter username. Otherwise, most of those you follow will not follow you in return.

3. If you only have a handful of Twitter followers, don’t go out or follow hundreds or thousands of Twitterers. You are getting ahead of yourself. Slow it down. Twitter is much more complicated and fascinating than its first impression. Mass following will not produce the results you are hoping for. 🙂

All that said, in case you were wondering, B.A.S.I.C.S. International in Ghana was the 50,000th!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 6:05 am

    Congratulations to you and to the nonprofit community, which seems to be ramping up its use of social media.

  2. April 22, 2011 4:37 pm

    Great tips for all Twitterers, not just non-profits! Great article. Thanks, and congrats on getting to 50,000!

  3. April 23, 2011 10:06 am

    Great article and great advice as BCFCCA and I are so new to twitter. Congratulations on 50,000 and good luck on getting to 500,000!

  4. April 26, 2011 12:46 am

    Congratulations to @NonprofitOrgs on reaching this benchmark! An inspiration indeed!

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      April 26, 2011 3:12 am

      THANKS very much everyone. 🙂

  5. April 28, 2011 9:56 am

    Congrats! there are many of us that appreciate what you do and love to share through your channels.

  6. April 28, 2011 4:45 pm

    Its great to see that that many non-profits have a presence on twitter.

  7. July 14, 2011 7:14 pm

    Congratualtions on 50,000 Nonprofits on Twitter! Thanks for some great Twitter tips!


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