Three years ago we decided to try to entice folks to follow us on twitter, and we used people’s love for trees to
dupe convince them to follow us as we gave $$ to charity. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 when I decided to set up a new VerySpatial Facebook page (in addition to the already existing VerySpatial Friends group). I did this to allow for direct links to the podcasts from the FB page and to add one more place for me to visit at least occasionally. The downside is that with only a handful of page likes I feel that the FB page needs more attention (look at us, look at us).
I have decided (and I forced others to agree with me) that we will once again pull on folks heartstrings and their love trees, this time in exchange for Facebook Likes. I have dubbed this venture (sadly enough) Like4Trees*.
SO…for each person that Likes the new VerySpatial Facebook Page by Tuesday, 24 July (around our 7th Anniversary podcast) we will donate $1 to a tree related charity (no points for joining the Group, but why not make it a two-fer). Of course we are on a budget so we have a limit of $250, though hopefully that will not limit the number of followers.+
Last time, for Tweet4Trees, we made our donation to American Forests though we have not finalized who we will be giving to this time around so share your favorite environmental charities in the comments or on the Facebook page or in a tweet (@veryspatial) or in an email or in a boat or in a candygram (cupcakegram? Is that a thing? That should SO be a thing!!!)
If anyone is interested in matching our donations or making their own, let me know and we will give you special recognition on the podcast and blog.
We will provide the results of the Like4Trees drive during our show at the Esri UC in San Diego which will go up as Episode 367 on July 29, and of course on the blog.
*no imagination muscles were strained in the creation of this moniker
+if more than 250 folks like us and we have $$ left in the budget at the end of the year we will give more, though if previous years are an indication this isn’t likely
For our fourth anniversary we decided to recognize our listeners and winners while also supporting the environment. On that note we announced our Tweet4Trees drive a while back suggesting that we would donate $1 per person following us at http://twitter.com/veryspatial as of our recent AVSP: Live! show, with the stipulation of up to 500 people. We are happy to announce that as of the live show we had 286 followers, but since we had already set aside $500 we are going with the full donation to be split between the Green Belt Movement and American Forests.
We are excited that our campaign sponsors Landmark Information Group and ESRI will be matching a portion of our donation to environmental organizations of their choice. We want to thank them for supporting the environment and recognizing our 4th anniversary.
Finally, Frank pledged $2 per person at the live show as well. Since we had about 25 people at the live show that is another $50 dollars bringing the VerySpatial donation to $550 total or $275 to each organization. We would like to thank all of you, our readers and listeners, for supporting us over the last four years and we look forward to next year’s fifth anniversary.
We will be finalizing the count on our Tweet4Trees drive at 5PM PDT. The number of followers we have over at http://twitter.com/veryspatial at that time will be the amount we will be donating to a tree planting organization ($1/person). We would like to thank our sponsors Landmark Information Group and ESRI for supporting the drive!
Our second Tweet4Trees sponsor is our friends over at ESRI. Our Tweet4Trees campaign is part of our fourth anniversary celebration and is a pledge to recognize our listeners and readers by donating to tree planting charities based on the number of twitter followers we have as of our 4th anniversary episode on July 15. It is also a pledge to support the environment where we can. ESRI has clearly shown their support for environmental change over the years in numerous ways including support for the Society for Conservation GIS, recognition of the Green Belt Movement, this year’s ESRI International User Conference keynote by Willie Smits entitled “Designs for the Environment: Rebuilding Forests”. These are just a few of the ways ESRI has supported awareness of the environment.
Since 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.
While we most often focus on ESRI’s software on the podcast and blog, they offer a wealth of options including training, professional services, enterprise support, customization, and others to support end-user needs. These services are conducted and supported by a group of great folks as we have found out over the last few years in interviews and conversations with ESRI employees.
We would like to thank ESRI for supporting our Tweet4Trees campaign and for helping us to make it to four years.
As part of our Tweet4Trees campaign to celebrate our fourth anniversary we put out a call to companies to help us plant trees. The first company to respond was Landmark Information Group which supplies environmental services, land and property search information, and geospatial data with offices in the UK and the Netherlands. We hope to interview them in the near future, until then we asked them to supply a short description of their company offerings.
Landmark is Britain’s leading supplier of land and property search information. Providing digital mapping, planning and environmental risk information, Landmark also delivers comprehensive geographic solutions. Landmark’s success has been founded on creating new and innovative information services by combining and consolidating a variety of environmental and geographical datasets. All property related investment decisions are affected by potential environmental and planning risks and liabilities. Landmark’s skill and expertise serves the market need for accurate and timely information – information which makes for informed decision making – managing risk and opportunity.
Two of their discreet products are ProMap, a UK web mapping portal targeted towards professional with a wealth of base layers, and GoView, a straightforward mapping service for estate agents. These stand alone products along with their wealth of environmental and planning data and professional services help Landmark Information Group address a range of geospatial needs.