The Chocolate Life is a social network for where “chocophiles” can share their passion and explore the world of chocolate. Network Creator Clay Gordon is a chocolate critic and the author of “Discover Chocolate.” While promoting the book, Clay realized tons of people were writing about chocolate. He created The Chocolate Life as the first purposeful social network for chocolate fans, and invites anyone with an interest in chocolate to join.
Clay does a great job making all members, from the casual chocolate fan to the die-hard chocophile, feel at home on The Chocolate Life. The main page of the social network has a good welcome center with tips and guidelines for using The Chocolate Life.
Talent Revolution is a social network that is all about creating ultimate career lifestyles. One member, Matt Smith, has posted a “Break Up Series” on his blog — it’s an extended metaphor guiding people who have been recently been “dumped” by their company.
EPIC FU is the award-winning pop culture newscast created by Steve Woolf and Zadi Diaz. Stoking the flames of geek passion since 2006, EPIC FU is up for two Webby Awards and already took home a Streamy Award this year. MIX is the social home for EPIC FU — it’s where members catch new episodes, share their opinions in the forum, and upload their own photos and videos. MIX also uses RSS to import the EPIC FU blog — it’s where I found this impressive mashup art from Josh Poehlein.
Director Catherine Hardwicke earned countless fans for her film adaptation of Twilight. Now these fans have a new home at Hardwicke’s social network where they can follow her career as she takes on new projects like If I Stay and James Patterson’s Maximum Ride. Using Premium Services, Hardwicke has pointed the domain “catherinehardwicke.com” to her social network, making it the official hub of her online presence.
There’s plenty here for Twilight fans, too. Hardwicke’s Twilight Director’s Notebook hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and you can catch exclusive videos of her book tour on her blog.
Over 12,000 knitters have joined the Knit Picks Community and many of them are taking part in Knitalongs to get support on their projects. There are 19 Knitalongs happening right now to help knitters in making sock monkeys, cardigans, and completing their UFOs (or “UnFinished Objects). Knit Picks staff member Tina created the UFO Knitalong because “I don’t know about you, but I have too many things started. Join me in my quest to get finish what I’ve started. The deal is, for every 2 projects I finish, I get to reward myself by starting something new.”
Finally, they’ve added an FAQ to provide their members with an introduction to the features on the social network. They’ve accomplished this by creating a forum discussion and adding a tab. You can add an FAQ or Help Center like this for your members by adding a note, page or forum thread and a tab using the Tab Manager. Then fill in popular questions you’ve received from members or cut and paste from the articles in the Ning Help Center.
Michael Port has a mission: to challenge everyone he meets to “think bigger about who you are and what you offer the world.” He created his social network, the Think Big Revolution, to empower people to get involved and do big things together, like championing causes and making real changes.
Port calls blog posts manifestos, and he and members blog about what they stand for and the changes they are making in themselves and the world around them. He’s even renamed members to Revolutionaries, portraying that anyone participating in this social network is part of a revolution to change the world.
Network Creator Andrew Robertson engages members on their thoughts around the design of Aunty Monkey. He just blogged about the designs of Aunty Monkey over the past 10 years, and he invites members to vote in a poll on the main page whether they like the new design.
Enrique’s fans are also getting excited for his European tour, which is currently underway and is hitting spots like Paris, Helsinki, Monte Carlo and London over the next three months. Tour dates are promoted both via the Events feature and a text box on the main page. Members can find out more information about the concerts, including which other members are attending, and even buy tickets to the shows. Enrique’s social network also provides song lyrics for fans to brush up on before they see him in concert.