Wikimedia Foundation thinks I am wonderful

I visited the Wikimedia Foundation the other day to look up a reference. At the top of the screen was a yellow banner asking for a donation and it said “if everyone using Wikimedia gave £3 then we would be done in an hour”. Wikimedia do not have ads, however they do have costs, its all done by donation. I can afford £3, how about you? How many times have you used Wikimedia?

When I had done donating easily through PayPal, I got the *below email.

Its Christmas, spread a little karma and do your good deed for the day.

Happy Christmas everyone

Tina

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*”Dear Tina,

Thank you for donating to the Wikimedia Foundation. You are wonderful!

It’s easy to ignore our fundraising banners, and I’m really glad you didn’t. This is how Wikipedia pays its bills — people like you giving us money, so we can keep the site freely available for everyone around the world.

People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful, and they trust it because even though it’s not perfect, they know it’s written for them. Wikipedia isn’t meant to advance somebody’s PR agenda or push a particular ideology, or to persuade you to believe something that’s not true. We aim to tell the truth, and we can do that because of you. The fact that you fund the site keeps us independent and able to deliver what you need and want from Wikipedia. Exactly as it should be.

You should know: your donation isn’t just covering your own costs. The average donor is paying for his or her own use of Wikipedia, plus the costs of hundreds of other people. Your donation keeps Wikipedia available for an ambitious kid in Bangalore who’s teaching herself computer programming. A middle-aged homemaker in Vienna who’s just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A novelist researching 1850s Britain. A 10-year-old in San Salvador who’s just discovered Carl Sagan.

On behalf of those people, and the half-billion other readers of Wikipedia and its sister sites and projects, I thank you for joining us in our effort to make the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone. Your donation makes the world a better place. Thank you.

Most people don’t know Wikipedia’s run by a non-profit. Please consider sharing this e-mail with a few of your friends to encourage them to donate too. And if you’re interested, you should try adding some new information to Wikipedia. If you see a typo or other small mistake, please fix it, and if you find something missing, please add it. There are resources that can help you get started. Don’t worry about making a mistake: that’s normal when people first start editing and if it happens, other Wikipedians will be happy to fix it for you.

I appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you we’ll use your money well.

Thanks,
Sue

 

Sue Gardner
Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation
https://donate.wikimedia.org

For your records: Your donation on 2012-12-13 was GBP 3.00.

You can follow us on Twitter, identi.ca or Google+, like us on Facebook and read our blog. Here is the Wikimedia Foundation annual report for 2010-11, the Wikimedia Foundation annual plan for 2012-13 and the Wikimedia Foundation’s five-year strategic plan. You can also now buy Wikipedia merchandise at shop.wikimedia.org.”

Diskeeper 2011 NFR giveaway winners

Random list of names for NFR Diskeeper Giveaway

 

These are the five winners of a NFR Diskeeper giveway offer thanks to Derek at Diskeeper whom they will be hearing from shortly.

The question asked to enter was how many licences have been sold which could be read on the Diskeeper homepage, during the course of the offer the amount changed from 39 to 40 millon not bad going.

I used random.org to generate a random list, as you can see here on the left. Thanks to all who entered, for those that won please let me know how you get along with your NFR giveway copy of Diskeeper by commenting here.

 

Transfer your domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap and help an elephant

Regardless of the subject matter, this is a lesson if you are in busines on how NOT to go about social media. Plus I heartily recommend no one use GoDaddy to begin with given their track record as a domain host and the feedback I have had.
I have used namecheap for years and its the best service I have had anywhere for anything at any time, and throughly recommend http://namecheap.com
As a namecheap member I got the below newsletter and decided to share it with my readers. If you are like minded its an excellent cost effective way of moving domain hosts right now, plus you do some good. The best bit is you get from under the practices of GoDaddy.
“It’s not often that we would disagree publicly with a competitor, but we at Namecheap are very disturbed by this video of a competitor killing an elephant for sport.  Check out the ABC News Report (Warning: Very Graphic!)

We’ve decided to throw our support behind our Elephant friends by offering domain transfers at a price where we actually lose money.

Show your protest by saying BYEBYEGD again and transfer your domains to Namecheap for $4.99 for the next 24 hours through 11:59pm EST on 3/31/11 (limit 10 per user, valid for all com/net/org domains).

On top of that, we’ll donate $1 for each transfer to Save The Elephants at http://www.savetheelephants.org/

Use coupon code BYEBYEGD and let’s help the Elephants together!”

….Team Namecheap

The five no six stages of Twitter Acceptance

The five stages of Twitter Acceptance

I started with #2 then moved to #4 quickly moving to #5 and I am now on #6

1. Denial
2. Presence
3  Dumping
4. Conversing
5. Microblogging

Of which #5 is

“I’m using Twitter to publish useful information that people read AND converse 1×1 authentically”

#6 being, I’m using Twitter to publish useful information that people read AND converse 1×1 authentically AND I don’t always post useful stuff

I think #6 just shows your being honest and human, yes?

I recommend  Twitter, to me its like a cross between IM and Mail lists. Even more focused, more friendly, information rich and massively creativity inducing. Have I not made MORE blog posts these past two weeks? It’s also an enjoyable way to market (it HAS to be enjoyable for me) my ew ebooks, (very small revenue which funds my hosting and domains) but I also get to help MORE Expression Web users and I consider that my main hobby, along with my Abstract Art Doodling and reading Science Fiction.

I set out with a mission to look at social media setups and see how they could help me. I started with Twitter (hence why I missed #1) and that has led me to other Social Media setups, some of which I’ve had accounts with for years but never used. Mainly because I did not have the experience to understand them and my focus has always been FrontPage and now Expression Web helping users to use the programme and make better standards compliant websites. My goal is not to go too fast or I won’t understand what I am doing. Twitter is easy to grasp right away, what is not so easy is how to incorporate all the third party applications available. Nor the subtle ways to use Twitter. When Pat and I update  our WordPress Ebook around April we will address Social Media and perhaps either incorporate it or bring out a supplemental – also free – ebook.