A couple of new resources to check out this week: first, Heather Mansfield has launched a new blog focusing on how nonprofits can use online social tools. Heather’s an expert at using online social networks for advocacy and fundraising, and her NonProfit Tech 2.0 site will join a healthy ecosphere that already includes sites like FrogLoop, Beth’s Blog, Community Organizer 2.0, NonProfit Marketing/Getting Attention and of course e.politics.
Next, and speaking of social networks, National Journal and New Media Strategies are unveiling one this week that’ll be limited to congressmembers and congressional staff. Though it’s officially intended to encourage communication and collaboration among staff, we can only hope that it’ll end up being a source of embarrassing photos for years to come. For more, check out the Project 3121 blog and the initial announcement.
Elsewhere in the consultasphere, Democratic campaign firm NGP Software has absorbed Patton Technologies, and I’ll see you at the celebratory happy hour tonight. Finally, longtime Grassroots Enterprises go-to guy Mike Panetta has gone out on his own (watch out for those rough waters, buddy), and he’s already holding trainings on Facebook Pages for Advocacy and Public Affairs Campaigns and Twitter Strategies for Public Affairs Professionals. Check ’em out!