We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Ning Apps, available today on your Ning Network. As a social platform, we’re finding that each interest and passion requires a unique combination of features. Ning Apps dramatically expand the quantity and quality of the features available on your Ning Network, and allow you to engage even further with your members.
Today you can choose from more than 90 Ning Apps, and that’s just the beginning. This number will continue to grow as developers here at Ning and around the world build additional Ning Apps tailored around your interests and passions.
Every Ning App has been developed to integrate beautifully with your Ning Network. This means that the Ning Apps you add will be a natural extension of your Ning Network. For example, the Cartfly App on the Ning Network below automatically takes on its theme (click the image to see a full-size screenshot):
In addition to matching the look and feel of your Ning Network, Ning Apps can also post updates to the Latest Activity on your Main Page. For example, if you upload a new item to your Cartfly shop, this will create an activity item on your My Page and the Main Page. Both members and Network Creators will have fine-grained control over whether or not their Ning Apps send updates to Latest Activity. For more information about managing the settings of your Ning Apps, check out our article here.
To get started today, sign into your Ning Network and click the new “Ning Apps” icon in the Manage page. From here, click “Add Ning App” to automatically add a new tab to your Ning Network for the Ning App that you’ve selected. Just like your other tabs, you’ll be able to organize and rearrange how your Ning Apps are displayed with the Tab Manager. Here’s how the Tab Manager will look with Ning Apps enabled (click the image to see a full-size screenshot):
If the Ning App has a Profile View for members, it will also automatically get added to their My Apps page which we talk about in detail here. For more information about adding and organizing your Ning Apps, see our article here in the Ning Help Center.
You can also see the complete list of Ning Apps in the Ning Apps Directory (click the image to visit the Ning Apps Directory):
From the Ning Directory, you can check out more than 90 Ning Apps for Collaboration, Communication, E-Commerce, Fun and Games, and Fundraising. We’ve also created “Featured” and “Staff Picks” categories so you can quickly see the cream of the crop. This list will grow as developers continue to build Ning Apps tailored around your passions and interests.
If you want to see Ning Apps in action, we’ve set up a Ning Network where you can try out some of the featured Ning Apps and see if they might be a good addition to your Ning Network. Here on the Ning Blog, we’ll be spotlighting some of our favorite Ning Apps in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you’ve found a Ning App that’s perfect for your Ning Network, we’d love to feature your story on the Ning Blog and share it with Network Creators everywhere.