April 2007

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You Can Share Documents on Your Network

We’ve been known to sneak in the occasional awesome feature that we then don’t adequately highlight. Call us humble.

One feature worth mentioning is sharing documents, or files more generally, on your network. You can do this right now. PDFs, Word Documents, Images, MP3s, you name it. It’s there. And it’s cool. It’s just a little hidden.

How to Share Files on Your Social Network
Links point to Ning’s Network Creators but it’s just to show these features in action.

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Discuss Amongst Yourselves

Fresh out of Ning R&D Labs, we’ve got new Discussion Forum features, including categories, announcements, the option to sort by latest replies, and a simple, yet powerful text editor.

The thing we’re most proud of in this release is how much of it – in the Discussion Forum improvements and elsewhere – was driven by you. Yes, “you” in the Time Magazine sense of the term. Your feedback in Network Creators and email has been fantastic.

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An Invitation to Join

When we started Ning, we wanted to create both a great company and a great service. We’ve assembled a small team of some of the best product managers, developers, designers, and ops people in Silicon Valley to work on creating beautiful software real people use in their daily lives.

We’ve been known to look for some serious chops in the people who join our team. That being said, if you think you have what it takes, we might have an incredible opportunity for you.

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The Developer Program

Ning is an online platform for creating your own social network for anything. Being a platform means that, unlike other social networking services, you can request the source code running your social network on Ning and change not only how it looks but also how it works.

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Brooklyn Art Project

There’s alot of things I really like about Brooklyn Art Project. The most obvious thing I like is the art. That’s a good start.

The Brooklyn Art Project uses a simple and clean design available to every Network Creator on Ning using the Appearance page on your network. For further design differentiation, you can also use your own custom HTML or CSS. Their choice to keep the overall design clean allows the simple black header and custom logo really pop.

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Widgets: When Enough Just Isn’t Enough

There’s a lot you can do today with your social network on Ning. But sometimes a lot is simply not enough. Sometimes you need even MORE customization options for your network. It’s not your fault. The heart wants what it wants.

To help satisfy your digital addiction, there is the online power of widgets. These are small bits of code that pack a punch in terms of offering you even more features and functionality on your network. You and your members can quickly copy and paste them into any text box, chatter, profile answer, discussion or comment on your social network.

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