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Twitter Roundup – June 25: Tweeting for good, bird cleaning in the Gulf, Echoing Green’s new fellows

   /   Jun 25th, 2010News

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:

Twitter cofounder Biz Stone (@biz) this week announced a new company-run account (@hope140) dedicated to “highlighting forces of good in the Twitter community.” (Among the highlights so far: Gulf oil spill relief efforts; help for post-earthquake Haiti; work to combat Malaria). The account builds on a website of the same name launched by the company in January to highlight “good social movements that you might want to get involved in” and show how savvy social orgs—like Charity Water, Room to Read, and Global Citizen Year—are leveraging Twitter to advance their causes. If it delivers on its promise, the new account looks like it’ll be worth a follow – check it out.

Even before the BP oil spill, Dawn Dish Soap (@DawnDishSoap) was donating $1 per sale of its detergent to marine wildlife conservation. But recent events on the Gulf coast have made that support—which goes to two organizations that rescue and rehab spill-affected birds and marine mammals—all the more urgent. Dawn’s Twitter account has so far been all about promoting the Gulf effort. And to think that this partnership started because bird rescuers discovered that Dawn was the most effective bird cleaner!

If you follow people in the social entrepreneurship sector on Twitter, chances are you’re one of Beth Kanter (@kanter)’s nearly 350,000 followers. Those fans (and readers of her excellent blog) know that she’s something of a one-stop source for critical analysis and smart discussion of all things social media and nonprofit. Pretty exciting, then, that she’s come out with a new book. Co-authored with Allison Fine (@afine) and titled The Networked Nonprofit, it shows how nonprofits can—and must!—harness social media to drive social change. Excerpts went up on Social Edge (@socialedge) this week. Take a look.

Echoing Green (@echoinggreen), sponsor of one of the most prestigious fellowship programs for up-and-coming social entrepreneurs, has just announced its 2010 class. From a field of over 1,000 applicants, sixteen winners (individuals and some groups) were chosen to receive up to $90,000 in seed funding and support to take their ideas to the next level. There are short introductory videos for all of the new fellows here. Definitely worth watching. Congratulations to the pathbreaking winners!

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