March 2007

Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

How to Make Your Social Network Look Amazing in 5 Steps

We offer the ability for Network Creators – and Members – to customize (almost) everything on your social network on Ning.

To make your network look the way you want it to, we offer an Appearance page that makes it easy to customize how your network looks. You can also add your own custom CSS, but we know that’s not for everyone.

We’d encourage you to experiment with all of your Appearance page options on your social network, but 5 simple steps will go a long way to making your network look great with a minimal amount of effort:

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

We’re an American Band

We’re closing in on 20,000 new social networks on Ning in one month and the diversity of these networks has amazed us. It is so beyond our expectations.

As one example, I discovered We’re an American Band a few days ago and there’s a few of things I thought I’d highlight about this network:

A unique purpose

One of the keys to creating a great social network is a purpose, especially when you’re creating something from scratch without a built-in base of fans. Not that a built-in fanbase is a bad thing. In fact, that’s pretty awesome, too.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Brief Breather Tonight at the Stroke of Midnight

As our team mentions over in the Ning Status window on the right hand side of this blog, we’re going to release a few new features tonight and be offline for about an hour at the stroke of midnight.

I love how mysterious that sounds.

We’ll be back in action around 1am.

Thanks!

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Watermarking Your Videos & Photos

I don’t want to say that I have a “favorite” feature of your own social network on Ning. That would be like saying you have a favorite child.

But one of my favorite features of your own social network on Ning is the ability to customize your flash video player and flash photo slideshows on your social network on Ning.

You can watermark them so they look like this video from the Offshore for San Francisco Surf & Happenings:

Or this video from American Idol Fan Central:

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes

We launched a new release tonight!

We enhanced a lot of small things that just make your social network a bit nicer place to be, but some of the highlights are:

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

A Shout Out

It’s been three weeks since the launch of your own social network for anything here on your friendly neighborhood Ning and, so far, it’s been an amazing ride. As of tonight, we’ve passed 17,000 new social networks on Ning. Wow.

In addition to the incredible effort of our team, there have been a few folks who worked on various features over the past year who deserve a huge (much belated!) shout out. Not in any particular order:

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