Blogging tool Zemanta steps up to the non-profit plate
I signed up for Zemanta a while back because I liked their”Re-blog” feature. This allows other bloggers to quickly take a snippet of my blog post and add to it on their own blog. The service also offers the ability to insert links to posts on other blogs that have related content, so you can encourage readers to visit other blogs and continue the conversation even further. Zemanta also shows images for you to use in your blog post right there in the WordPress editor . Select an image and it will isert it in your post with proper attribution to the artist.
Franky, I didn’t use it a lot and was thinking of uninstalling it but now that’s all changed. I saw a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Marshall Kirkpatrick on Read Write Web and it announces a new feature that will keep Zemanta in my tool-kit.
Zemanta introduced a new feature in co-operation with the site Social Actions that offers a fantastic opportunity for a blogger to easily promote non-profits with every post. The Zemanta plug-in will search your post as you write it and look for calls to action from non-profits semantically related to what you are writing about.
For example with this post-I’m walking in the Avon Foundation’s walk for breast cancer research. This post (this is a test Zemanta, don’t mess it up) should bring in associated non-profit links so you my loyal reader can take action. (Click this link first, I’ve got to raise a lot of money for this walk).
All fun aside, social media continues to remain socially focused. In almost every one of the social media networks I’m associated with there are organizations using it to promote a non-profit organization. Facebook shows hundreds of groups you can join to support non-profits. Twitter and other micro-blogs offer a number of ways to donate small amounts to your favorite non-profits.
I think it’s fantastic that after all the hype about how the internet isolates people from each other social media is finding ways for us to re-connect. don’t you?