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Obama v Romney – Social Media Election 2012 [Infographic]

Social media will play a key role in the outcome of the 2012 US Presidential Election. Who will come out on top – Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? Our infographic highlights the key stats from the campaign, showing who wins the major social media battle grounds. You might be surprised!


Feel free to download our infographic for your blog or Facebook page folks.

It’s all change

If you’ve been following this blog you’re probably a little dissapointed at the level of activity recently. I’ve not posted here in a while because I’ve started using for my personal thoughts, I’ve been busy organising Be Good Be Social and, most importantly, I’ve been taking on a lot of new client work.

The Third Sector Lab site you’re on right now is undergoing a complete rethink. We need to share some of the great work we’ve completed recently for clients like Tramway Theatre, ENABLE Scotland, Adrian Ashton, Think! and Relationships Scotland. We also need to let people know what digital media services we offer and what makes us different.

So…for just now you can get in touch with me via @ThirdSectorLab or email me ross[@] if you’ve got any questions about what we do or if you’d like to discuss potential projects. A shiny new Third Sector Lab website will be revealed soon.

Five with coffee

If you’re interested in all things non-profit and social media then grab a coffee and have a gander at these five ludicrously useful and interesting blog posts…

50 Social Media Tactics for Non-Profits

Chad Norman provides 50 easy-peasy tactics which will help your charity meet the objectives of its social media strategy. If you’ve not got yourself a social media strategy have a peek at Amy Sample Ward’s advice.

Quarriers Spreading the Social Care Message on Twitter

John Carnell hosts an insightful interview with Marc Bowker of Scottish charity Quarriers. If you take one piece of advice from Marc it has to be: “Don’t flood Twitter with your ‘corporate’ messages, but instead be human about what you say”. Stop shouting at people!

Help Raise $1million for Livestrong by Following @DrewfromTV

I had no idea who hosted ‘The Price is Right’ in the States, apparently it isn’t Bruce Forsyth. I now know who said host is since Beth Kanter pointed out he’s pledged a staggering $1million if he reaches one million twitter followers by 2010.

Your Reputation is the New Online Currency

Claire Rollinson of NCVO provides a brilliant look at Chris Anderson’s and Chris Brogan’s ideas on building online trust.

Do you know this Mo Bro who was on Top Gear?

OK, so this blog post doesn’t really full under the ‘useful’ category but it’s November Movember so it would be rude not to include it.

Have I missed out a mind-bogglingly useful article which you’re read during November? If so leave some linkage in the comments, feel free to shamelessly plug your own blog.

Glasgow Twestival

I’ve not posted on here for almost a month as most of my spare time has been taken up organising Glasgow Twestival Local 2009. All the hours the volunteer team have ploughed in to planning the event are definitely going to be worthwhile. If you have plans for 10th September 2009 scrap them now. Whatever they are they’ll be dull compared to the Glasgow Twestival. No, really they will.

We’re hoping to raise £2500 for asthma charity No Strings Attached Scotland by bringing together Glasgow’s twitterati for a night full of amazingly talented local bands and DJs as well as the chance to win a serious stack of prizes. The evening will be hosted by Clyde 1’s twitter-fanatic Colin Kelly and tickets are selling fast.

We even got a little mention on the 4th plinth last night (go to 40m40s in).

Here’s a quick video which explains what the event is all about…

Psss…Enter the promo code ‘thirdsectorlab’ and you can get your ticket for just £7 instead of the standard £10!

Crisis communication online

A slight break from the norm this week. I was contacted via twitter by a BA Hons PR student who is carrying out research for her dissertation. Have a look at the information below, hopefully you can help her out.

My name is Faye Saville, I am a final year BA (Hons) Public Relations student studying at the University of Central Lancashire and I’m currently carrying out my dissertation on the topic of crisis communications online, focusing on the case of Baby P.

My study aims to discover how and why various Internet methods (e.g. blogs and social networking sites etc) are used by individuals to communicate with online during a crisis. This study requests to hear from individuals who have an interest (professional or otherwise) in the social work / social services and welfare sector and the case of Baby P.

I would be greatly appreciated if anyone would like to fill out my questionnaire? I would be really grateful if I may gain responses as soon as is possible, as I have a short data collection period.

If you would like to participate please email me at or visit my blog: to request a copy of the questionnaire.

My new Sunday Mail blog

I’ve recently started writing a blog on the Sunday Mail website. The blog is part of the Heart of Scotland network which I feel privileged to be taking part in. There’s a great range of blogs covering topics as diverse as journalism, living with a disability and traffic cones!

As well as all the hefty stuff mentioned in my introductory post I want use this blog and my new shiny one on the Sunday Mail site to dispell the myth that everyone working in the third sector is a Guardian reader who wears shoes made out of tofu. As with all blogs there will be lots of personal opinion so it’s worth noting that what I say doesn’t necessarily represent the views of my employers or the organisations which I volunteer for.

An intro to the Lab

From your local bowling club or community hall to the latest celebrity endorsed idea that will supposedly change the world. Third Sector Lab looks at volunteering, charities and social enterprise. The blog isn’t just for people working or volunteering in the third sector. I hope to show people where their donations go and cast a critical eye over the big issues being tackled by the sector. 

The Lab wouldn’t look nearly as fancy schmancy if it wasn’t for the help of Nothing Does graphic design and branding consultancy. They worked their magic and transformed the site from Derek Punsalan’s original Unstandard theme into what you see today.

Let the gibberish commence!