Sunday, September 22, 2013

Increase your Audience; Share Content

Have content to share with colleagues and/or clients? 
What are you using to share content online?
Have you considered using SlideShare?

My "CHeTARE Tech Tip" for you... Increase your audience; share your content such as presentation slides, documents, PDFs, videos and even webinars online with SlideShare. So, what is SlideShare? The free encyclopedia, Wikipedia defines it as a "Web 2.0 based slide hosting service" which allows its users to upload files privately or publicly in various formats such as PowerPoint, PDF, and OpenDocument presentations.

Actually, SlideShare is an active online community for sharing presentations and content with individuals around the globe.  It is my understanding that it has 60 million visitors each month and still counting. It is among the most 200 visited websites worldwide. Although I have had a SlideShare  account to several years, it has been mostly used for viewing and reading content. Recently I started uploaded more  files to share with virtual-based colleagues. Needless to say, I was quite pleased with the increased viewing of my content.  Indeed, SlideShare is a basic content sharing platform with the potential to make uploaded content go viral.  The shared files included the PowerPoint presentation which was delivered via my 3D avatar at the first annual Opensimulator Community Conference (September 8, 2013). 

You are invited to view an embedded copy of my presentation which was uploaded on SlideShare.  This  is an example of SlideShare's easy and seamless process to "embed content" on your website or blog.

OSCC 2013 Presentation: Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project Goes Beyond: Capacity Building, Awareness, and Training through OpenSim Integration from Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP)

So, thank you for viewing my SlideShare-hosted presentation.  If you are not using SlideShare already, you are encouraged to start sharing your content with colleagues, clients, other parties or just yourself.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Still Hooked on Social Media...

 Four years after the 2009 Annual Skills Building Institute for HIV Testing and Awareness Day Events and Campaigns, I am still... "hooked on social media ". The Institute's "Using New Media in Response to HIV/AIDS" workshops were conducted by Miguel Gomez (Director, and Senior Communications Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, HHS), Michelle Samplin-Salgado (New Media Strategist,, and Ian Anderson (President & COO Smart + Strong). Needless to say, the existence of is essential to the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The team's presence at an April "community discussion" in Baltimore, MD was a timely reminder. April is the anniversary month of my first meeting with various team members and my official "hooked on social media" moment in 2009.

Video: 2009 Skills Building Institute
Although I had been using various online media platforms since 1997 starting with SixDegrees, the very first online social networking service, I officially got "hooked on social media" at the 2009 Annual Skills Building Institute for HIV Testing and Awareness Day Events and Campaigns sponsored by NAPWA,, and Smart+Strong (POZ Magazine). The Institute was a component of NAPWA’s “Mobilized to Succeed” initiative. It provided an opportunity to explore the basics and uses of new media (and social media) in response to HIV/AIDS. If you are a bit confused about "new media" and "social media", Britt Michaelian (Founder and Editor, Work Smart Mompreneurs and Work Smart Lifestyle) does a great job explaining the difference between "new media" and "social media". Professionally, the Institute mobilized me to use new media and social media tools for capacity and community building in response to HIV/AIDS. The "engagement and connecting" aspects of the social media "conversation" hooked me!

(April 14, 2009) Welcome Letter from Twitter

After my very first and second "tweets" at the Skills Building Institute, my comfort level increased with each Twitter conversations! In fact, my participation at the 2009 Annual Skills Building Institute for HIV Testing and Awareness Day Events and Campaigns was a major turning point in how I inform, network, connect, share, and collaborate as a member of the health service provider community. The Institute provided a powerful toolkit of new media tools which enhanced my "thinking out of the box" approach for public and community health. My passion to provide capacity building, technical assistance, and training through social media and 3D virtual worlds lead to the launching of Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project and Community Health Technology Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

 In 2009, the Skills Building Institute introduced several channels for HIV/AIDS awareness and health education "conversations". In 2013, I am still engaging, connecting, and communicating with the use of new media especially social media. The learning experience in 2009 fuels my passion and guides my mission. New media (and social media) is too valuable to leave on the shelf and out of our local, national, and international response to HIV/AIDS. Updated New Media Toolkit

 You are encouraged to embrace relevant new and social media in your response to HIV/AIDS. Please note that an updated New Media Toolkit is now available on

Monday, August 19, 2013

Resizing and Editing Your Photos Online

With a high volume of photographs to be resized, a time-saving and cost-saving resizing tool is highly appreciated by the CHeTARE Project team (me). A web search reviewed PicResize which was promoted as
"The Internet's Best Picture Resizing Tool Easily crop, resize, and edit your images online for FREE at PicResize. 44,086,131 pictures served!"

After processing several folders of archived and active photographs, I was definitely Not disappointed. The timely receipt of a zip file with the resized photos hooked me on PicResize. 

You guessed it... has been added to the "CHeTARE ToolBox". Therefore, I was Not surprised when I read the blog... Reaches 40 Million Processed Picture... has now reached a new milestone since the company’s inception, almost 8 years ago. Nich Wattanasin, founder of


Take a Test Drive: You are encouraged to check out PicResize by resizing your own photo right now: Please note that the photograph's width has been pre-set at 300 pixels for this test-drive. The photo's height will automatically scale during the resizing process. Your feedback would be appreciated!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Naming your Facebook Business Page

Does your organization (or business) have a Facebook Business page? Not a "Friends" page but a dedicated "Business Page". Although numerous organizations have well-maintained, informative "Business Pages", some organizations may ask "Why bother?"  

 According to the monthly, running tally of Digital Marketing Ramblings' Craig Smith, Facebook has 1.06 billion monthly active users, 680 million mobile users, and more than 42 million pages at the beginning of March 2013. So, it's No bother... It's just "good" outreach (or business) to have a presence on Facebook. Evidently a lot of people agree that Facebook Pages are effective communication channels for...  sharing information about your organization (or business); networking with colleagues and supporters;  promoting an event; announcing updates; and navigating traffic to your website. 

 If you have a Facebook Business Page or plan to create one, careful attention should be given to the first indicator of your organization's presence on Facebook... the Pages' URL address with "yourbusiness" name.  So, you should indeed... Name your Facebook Business Page Carefully and Wisely.
You should customize your Facebook Business Page with “your business” name as soon as possible. The Pages are randomly assigned a URL and number such as Although choosing a “yourbusiness” name is optional, it is highly recommended. You should brand your Page with a customized name which provides a shorter, easy-to-remember URL address to share and to promote on brochures,  business cards, websites and even your business email signature. 

Remember that you may Not be the only one thinking of a particular business name. So, don’t wait too long… you want to get "your business" name before someone else gets it.
The requirements to customize your Facebook Business Page include: 

1. You must use only alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (.)

2. You must have received at least 25 “Likes” before you can even assign a customized name; 

3. You can only change “yourbusiness” name once and it is Not transferable...  So, choose the name carefully and wisely.

4. The “yourbusiness” name should be as close as possible to the name of the organization, business, or person that the Facebook Page represents (i.e. CHeTAREproject, CHAREproject).
Read more about Usernames and Page Addresses.

CHeTARE Tech Tip: Name your Facebook Business Page Carefully and Wisely.... 
It represents your organization (or business) in the Facebook community.
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Welcome to 'CHeTARE Tech Tips'

Website: CHeTARE Project

Welcome to 'CHeTARE Tech Tips', a blog designed to complement the ­­“conversations” within Community Health Technology Awareness Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project and Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project. It is hoped that this blog will help to increase the understanding of social media platforms and relevant applications within public and community health.

Website: CHARE Project
Since 2009, our interest has been centered on the integration of social media and virtual world platforms within HIV/AIDS service organizations. In 2010, CHARE Project was established to provide capacity building through social media and virtual worlds to enhance access and linkage to HIV/AIDS information and resources. In the process, it was revealed that additional technical assistance and usability training would be needed to ensure the effective use of social media and virtual world platforms.

Facebook Page: CHeTARE Project
In 2012, CHeTARE Project was created as a companion program providing technical assistance and training. While capacity building is the overall goal for both programs, the objectives of CHARE Project and CHeTARE Project are different. The primary objective of CHARE Project is to enhance access and delivery of information and resources pertaining to HIV prevention, AIDS awareness, HIV/AIDS stigma, HIV testing and related health disparities. The preferred channels to reach this objective are social media and virtual world platforms. The objective of CHeTARE Project is to increase the basic understanding of social media platforms and relevant applications within public and community health. The preferred channels to reach this objective are technical assistance and training pertaining to social media and virtual worlds. CHeTARE Project was officially launched on February 22, 2013.
You are invited to bookmark this blog, "CHETARE Tech Tips" and share your experiences with social media and virtual worlds in public and community health.  If you have a health and/or technology related blog, please feel free to share the link here.

**  Recommended Resources  **          
 Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits by Mansfie (Google Affiliate Ad) 

The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change (Google Affiliate Ad)

Social Media Directory: The Ultimate Guide to Facebook, Twitter, and L (Google Affiliate Ad)