Using your Ning Network as a Twitter photo or video service

If you’re an active Twitter user (Tweeter?) you’ve likely wanted to share a photo or video with your followers. And if you’ve found yourself in this situation you’ll know that you can’t upload to Twitter directly. Instead, you need to use another photo or video service where you can upload your content, and then add a link back to the photo or video in your tweet. On a phone, this can be something of a tedious process.

One of the new features we released last Thursday allows you to simplify this process by having photos and videos you send to your network via the Add By Phone feature automatically post to your Twitter account. To recap, the Add By Phone feature assigns each member of your network a unique email address that can be used to send in photos and videos directly from a mobile device that supports email. Content you send to this address will be uploaded directly to your Ning Network and appear just like a photo or video that you upload from your browser. When submitting mobile content, the subject of your email will become the title, and the body of the message will be the description.

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The new hotness that we’ve added is a setting that allows your mobile uploads to automatically generate a tweet posted to your linked Twitter account, which will link back to the content on your Ning Network. The text of your tweet will consist of the title of your content (aka, the subject of your email) and a short ning.it link back to the photo or video on your network. This allows you to easily submit content to your network and generate a tweet publicizing said content, all in one step, all while on the go! And it removes the tedious step of uploading your content to a third party website, then going back to tweet it out.

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To get this new feature working on your network you’ll need to make sure that Twitter integration is enabled and that your Twitter account is linked to your profile. After that, head to your Settings page where you can click on the check box that enables you to automatically post Add by Phone content to Twitter. More info on sharing content and posting your status updates to Twitter can be found in the Ning Help Center, here.

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  • http://medxcentral.ning.com medXcentral (Jim)

    Thanks folks. You’re making it more and more valuable for members to make our Ning network a central part of their online activity. Kudos!

  • Roberto Verli

    How About the reverse way? I use Twitter a lot, and would love to use it, and with it automaticly update my status on NING.

  • Laura Gluhanich

    Roberto, we don’t have incoming twitter integration, though you can pull feeds in via RSS or using the Twitter Tracker Ning App.

    High Five, Brad!

  • Roberto Verli

    Thats a crippled option… I Love NING, but that makes me think that it is forcing me to use ning as first option… People use Facebook a lot for example… NING are for very especific kind of social networks, so people would love to use for example Facebook or Twitter “status updates” to update automaticly their status on NING.

    I know what you mean (as I have been using the option you offered) but its not enough.

  • http://aboutdiamonds.ning.com/ Tim

    This is a great start! I love the twitter addition and am looking forward to other social network integrations.

    I really love having the option to send mail to my Ning account from my phone and have it update photos. Now being able to tweet them is makes sharing the photos easier.

    Thank you

  • http://www.samsvideopro.com Debbie

    Question: How long can a video file be to be able to upload to ning??

  • http://ning.com Brad Mallow

    Hi Debbie,

    Videos aren’t limited by a certain duration but the file must be under 100MB, which is the same constraint for videos uploaded through a browser. However, your email or mobile service provider may impose different size restrictions on email attachments and you’ll need to consult with them directly to find out what these may be.

    High Five!

  • http://www.wrestlinggear.net Jeff

    How long does it take for the photos to post? I can’t get mine to post. I am sending it via an iphone. I am sure I am doing something wrong…please help…

  • http://taketheblame.ning.com Ron

    For some reason the ability to upload video’s has disappeared since the upgrade change. I summted a support ticket but have not received a reply as of yet. Prior to the change the ability to upload video’s from the local computer was enabled, now all that is available is from YouTube..etc

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Ron: If you’ve chosen the Mini plan, you won’t be able to upload video. You may want to check out the details of each plan.

  • Bob Kimsey

    I am really disappointed in the whole Ning thing. When they first started they had something to offer and they were great about working with and helping people. Now that they have gone to this pay model it has all gone to crap. We tried to put together a Ning site but couldn’t make it work so we canceled our plan. Thirty days later we get a charge on our credit card for $49.95. We have made numerous calls to the Ning number that is provided to our credit card company only to find a recording and no replies after no less than 8 calls. We have filed a dispute with our credit card company and Ning has not even replied to them.

    All I can say is I do not recommend Ning due to the poor customer service or I should say the non-existant customer service. You can’t even find a contact number or email address on their web site. Makes me feel that they are just trying to rip people off now that they have made this switch to a pay plan model.

    This comment probably won’t even show up on the blog since I notice that they only have comments that are favorable to the company. Ning probably cuts all the honest comments.

    Bob Kimsey

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hi, Bob! We do offer customer service, and I strongly encourage you to submit a Help Center ticket if you are having any billing issues whatsoever. If you don’t feel like you’re being heard, look me up on Creators, and I’ll do what I can to help. And I mean that sincerely.

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    ERIC SUESZ
    Senior Community Manager
    Creators