Kevin Rose of Digg fame launched a new social sharing site called Pownce to much buzz and mixed reviews. Pownce lets you share files, links, and other info with your friends. It is a competitor of twitter and jaiku. It was invitation only. I managed to get an invitation from one of my twitter friends. (See, ha, twitter can be useful). If you get an invitation, you get to invite six friends. Hmm .. I thought, this might be great geek bait for the NpTech Facebook group experiment.
I ran a giveaway of my Pownce invitations to lure -- I mean to encourage -- people to join the group or post on the discussion board. I did light promotion by posting a note on my Facebook profile and in the NpTech Group discussion area. I also made sure that my mini-feed keep my activity on the NpTech Group visible. I also left a screen capture in flickr.
The first six people to leave a comment got the invites. I gave them away in the space of a couple days.
The lucky winners are:
Priscilla (I need your email address so I can activate your invitation)
James E. Robinson III
So, if you are still looking for a Pownce invite, I'm out. But, the six folks above have six invites and they are members of the NpTech Facebook group. I set up a discussion item there and you can post that you want an invite.
And, if you're in Facebook and want to share what you're learning about how nonprofits can use it .. please drop a reply in some of the other discussion threads. I'll be summarizing the learnings and resources from that group out here ...
Lesson Learned: If you build a Facebook Group profile, they won't come. Oh, a few of your friends might discover it early on and leave comments on the wall like "So Facebook is teh web 2.0 hottness and the nptech Facebook group is deadsville? Social network oversaturation, or just the summer slump?." But you need to flesh out the group profile, add content, invite friends to join, and promote it in other ways on and off Facebook. I know, pretty duh ...
What have you learned from setting up a Facebook profile and keeping it a lively place? What's the checklist to promote your launch? I also just found a nonprofit with a group that has over 21,000 members ... hmm ..