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Susan Tenby, Director of Global Community, TechSoup
Daniel F. Bassill President Tutor/Mentor Connection Cabrini Connections 800 W. Huron Chicago, Il. 60622 312-492-9614 http://www.tutormentorconnection.org
Thank you for this event. I'd like to add the issue of language and different access scenarios to the mix. I work in the Association for Progressive Communications and the majority of members are based in Latin America, Africa and Asia, with completely different connection possibilities (within the regions themselves and compared to the US.
Here in Mexico the first thing my colleagues and I think about when examining different apps is the cost of access, and working in an exclusively english and online environment. By the time we've looked at a few useful tools to promote with civil society organisations, so many new ones have emerged - all with a ton of acronyms that make it difficult for non-english natives (altho many with fun, intuitive graphics, too). It's hard to keep up, and as moderators have said, test and promote and not have to re-input profiles.
You also want to feel that if you recommend something, it will be something that will last - if a CSO is going to invest time in learning a new tool, they aren't necessarily going to experiment and play with all possibilities, or want to have to change in one month's time.
In terms of varied internet access, for example, knowing which blogging tools allow for email entries, makes a big difference on what we'd recommend for blogging. Was glad to read about this aspect of blogging tools in the Forum's blogging review.
Any insights or examples from beyond the US or the UK, and other languages will be greatly appreciated - as is all of what I've already read.
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