February 2007

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Our Instruction Manual

Happy Wednesday!

I wanted to quickly highlight the fact that there is a great set of basic howtos and instructions within your social network’s “Manage” page under “Advanced Customization.” Yeah, kinda hidden, hence this post.

We also make this guide available to anyone here at Ning Documentation.

Hopefully, this quick reference guide will answer your questions and highlight additional features tucked into your new social network. I’ll also highlight some of the more interesting features here.

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Ah, the Irony…

Today we had a database bug that we introduced last night when we were finalizing the release of Ning Version 2. We’ve seen it twice today which in both cases have slowed the networks on Ning down to a crawl. It manifests itself on Ning as people experiencing “hanging” pages.

The short term fix has required us to take Ning offline for an hour each time, once this morning and once tonight.

The irony of this bug is that it has absolutely nothing to do with scalability or the load we’ve seen today.

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A Visual Representation of Our Launch

So, Martin put this together this afternoon and we posted it onto the Ning Network Creators using the videos features.

This video shows a snapshot of (1) the networks created today, (2) how people get their own social networks, and (3) people joining or just visiting these networks.

So far today, we’ve had over 2,636 2,738 new social networks created on Ning!

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Launch Day!

They say launch days are never boring and that was never truer than this morning. We found a bug a few moments ago – one of those classic ones that get introduced when you’re trying to put the final touches on everything – and are fixing it as we speak.

Given that we want everyone to have a great experience, we’re giving Ning a break and should be back in a few moments.

I’ll keep everyone posted and thanks again for the great reception this morning. We really appreciate it!

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A Demo of the New Ning!

While we’re putting a final few finishing touches on Ning v2 tonight, we did a demo last week with Robert Scoble that’s now live on The Scoble Show.
And thanks to Tech Crunch and Giga Om for such nice posts. We really appreciate it!

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned by Starting a Web Company

Two years ago, we started Ning to give everyone the opportunity to create social networks.

At the time, we called them social applications, but for us, our “eye on the prize” was to put social networks in the hands of anyone with an idea. We’re just about there with Ning v2 which we’ll release tonight.

Given this milestone, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of the things we’ve learned so far.

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