Winning the Internet

Friday Linx: Arab spring edition

After a great run, the Winning the Internet blog has been retired. However, you can still keep in touch with New Media Mentors here.

Friday Linx is a recurring feature on our blog. We’re aiming to bring you a collection of links worth a read and cute cat video to ease you into the weekend. This week marked the 1 year anniversary of the Arab Spring and Twitter decided it’d prevent it from happening ever again. You’ll also find items on Facebook, fundraising and training opportunities below.

Onto the links!

The Meta-Activism Project has a couple of good pieces on the Arab Spring one year later. The first is One Year Later: The Arab Spring aftermath offers insight into trends and shifts in global digital activism. The second is: Egypt and the Arab Spring +1 Year.

Twitter, donning its tin ear for the occasion, has announced that they will censor content in certain countries. That flies in the face of a post Twitter made on its own site about this time last year basically saying they’d never censor tweets. With this can of worms open it’s not clear the platform would even be available to enable events like the Arab Spring in the future.

You’ve probably noticed this changing the last month or two, but it seems clear that Facebook is really down playing fan pages. What that means is that your organization is going to need to consider doing updates through your Executive Director or a some other public face for your organization with subscriptions in addition to pages. Or you can always advertise, which is probably Facebook’s goal.

And finally, what do Cheeseheads and Rural Broadband have in common? Creative fundraising strategies.

Some interesting training/learning opportunities coming up include:


About Raven Brooks

Executive director of Netroots Foundation and Netroots Nation.

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