Seesmic Desktop and Ning Network Extensions

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We’re happy to announce that Ning Networks are now supported in the all-new Seesmic Desktop 2 product. If you’re not familiar with Seesmic Desktop, it’s an application that allows you to follow activity across multiple social networking services and post status updates from one easy-to-use location. In addition to keeping your finger on the pulse of your Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz accounts, you and your members will now be able to monitor activity on one or more of your Ning Networks. Even better, your members can post status updates to your Ning Networks at the same time they post to other services. This is a great way to increase your member engagement.

Seesmic is the first launch partner for our new “Ning Network Extensions” program. These extensions allow external applications to interact with Ning Network content, and provide additional functionality for Network Creators and their members. Stay tuned, as we’ll be adding more partners in the coming months.

More About Seesmic Desktop:

Which networks can use it, and how is it activated?
The integration is available to all Ning Plus and Ning Pro networks. If a Network Creator would like to enable the functionality, they can simply activate Seesmic support via the new “Network Extensions” area of their “My Network” page. They can then instruct their members to install Seesmic Desktop 2 and add the Ning plug-in.

What type of operating system is required?
Seesmic Desktop 2 is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

What network activity is displayed in Seesmic Desktop?
The first version of the Ning plug-in will keep members updated every minute for the following activity items on your network (with more items to come in future versions):

  • Status updates
  • New photos
  • Comments on photos
  • New blog posts
  • Comments on blog posts
  • New members
  • Comments on member profiles

The plug-in also respects each network’s Latest Activity settings. For example, if a Network Creator has chosen not to display status updates in their Main Page Latest Activity feed, status updates will not appear in the Seesmic stream.

Can multiple Ning Networks be added? What about private networks?
Yes and yes. Seesmic Desktop is a great way to easily follow activity across multiple Ning Networks (including private networks).

Can status messages be posted via Seesmic Desktop?
Absolutely. Not only can status updates be posted to a single Ning Network, but members can easily post a new status message across multiple Ning Networks at once (as well as to other services like Twitter and Facebook).

About the Author:

Kyle Ford – who has written posts on Ning's Official Blog on Social Networking Sites.


  • http://flightsimulatornetwork.com Mark Avey

    This is pretty damn awesome! Only issue so far seems to be that Seesmic reports “(member) added a blog post” when they have in fact added a photo, but otherwise looking very good :)

  • http://www.grownfolk.us Markus Miner

    Good job Ning!

  • http://www.vinonastring.com andy johnson

    Okay good idea. I just activated the seesmic Desktop 2. What should we be expecting now? And I haven’t noticed anything yet, what should we be seen? Because on twitter or facebook, you can actually see what you have posted. I tried posting something on my site, haven’t noticed anything yet. What’s next?

  • http://www.ning.com Devin S

    Mark Avey,

    That is a bug, thanks for catching it. We will fix it in the next release.

  • http://aidem@blacktreemedia.com Tony

    This is PERFECT since I use Seesmic now as my desktop client. Good move Ning!

  • http://hang54.ning.com/ György Vámos

    HELP !!!!
    NO CHANGE CREDIT CARD !!!

    CORRECT BANK ERSTE VISA CARD ! CORRECT WRITE DATES’, NAME, CARD NUMBER,STB
    CARD ACTIVE ! KÓD CORRECT ! TOTAL FUNCION !

    NING : BAD !!!!!! “Exp.date bad”

    HELP !!!!!!!

    HELP !!!!!!! HELP !!!!!!! HELP !!!!!!! HELP !!!!!!! HELP !!!!!!!

  • http://flightsimulatornetwork.com Mark Avey

    Thanks Devin.

    This is being well received by my members, so good work :)

    Looking forward to future enhancements.

  • http://730boyz.ning.com Clee

    I Have downloaded and installed Seesmic Desktop 2 and have my Twitter And Facebook working with no problem but when i try to download the ning or any other app i get an error msg. This plugin couldn’t be installed. Please make sure you have the Seesmic Desktop application turned on. Please help.

  • http://www.gotjamn.dk/profiles/blogs/find-arne-nu-vind-1-stk Morten Aabo

    Don’t know if it’s just me, but I really think that the updating time for the Ning feed in Seesmic 2 is way to slow… I get the update in the network feed way before it updates into my Sessmic Desktop.

    Anyone experiencing this as well?

    I would really prefer that the Ning feed would be dynamic, just like the Twittter updates ex. We need the update to be as instant as possible, to get any use of the Seesmic Desktop 2… otherwise I will head a my network instead, cause I can’t really trust, that I see the “acutal lastest activitites when I load the Seesmic software.

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hello, Gyorgy. if you’re having a billing issue, please submit a ticket in the Help Center, and we’ll try to get you some one-on-one help.

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    andy: You might want to share your question on Creators. We have a discussion about the app here.

  • http://www.sydney4women.com.au Karina

    Sounds great. Now it is time to try it and see how it works!

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hi, Clee. You might want to share your question on Creators.