November 2007

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Saturday Night is Going to Be Alright (Even If Your Network Won’t Be Available)

On Saturday night, December 1st, we’re going to be making some improvements to the underlying Ning Platform that will result in the speediness and general software happiness of your network. To do this, Ning and your networks will be unavailable from 9pm to 12am Pacific Time, that’s 5:00am to 8am GMT.

During the scheduled maintenance, your network will have its own custom page letting your members know that your network is undergoing scheduled maintenance. Otherwise, we’ll keep you posted on our progress via the Ning Status Blog.

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

WordPress Integration

A number of our Network Creators use WordPress to power their blogs, and a long-requested feature has been the ability to integrate the WordPress commenting system with a social network on Ning. The wait is over!

We’re proud to announce a new WordPress plugin for your social network. After setting it up, your members will be able to use their email address and password from your social network to sign in and comment on your WordPress blog. With this approach, their blog comments will link back to their individual social network profile pages. Totally integrated. And, yes, totally cool.

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How Amazing Is Brooklyn Art Project Looking These Days?

I was taking a little world tour around a number of networks today and I was blown away by how beautiful the art work and design of the Brooklyn Art Project is and how it’s evolved. When we first featured it back in April 2007 I didn’t think that it could get any better, but it’s even more amazing.

Definitely worth a look!

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125,000 Social Networks and Counting!

Yesterday we passed 125,000 networks on Ning. Wahoo! While some think that this number is meaningless, this growth in social networks also reflects a sizable jump in page views, uniques visitors, and registered members of networks which continue to grow rapidly as well (and which, I would add, are significantly higher than what is suggested by comScore’s U.S. only samples referenced recently by a few folks).

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

Introducing Last.fm on Ning!

We’re pleased to announce that today Last.fm launched a killer “mini-experience” for the (at last count) 123,000 social networks on the Ning Platform.

Using Ning’s support for OpenSocial, the Last.fm Gadget can be added in seconds to member profile pages (as well as your network’s Main page).

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Mythbusters

We here at Ning are big believers in being transparent. Our purpose – and business – should stand up to scrutiny.

In fact, skeptics are huge for us. If we’re right despite them, then there are fewer people trying or able to deliver what we deliver with our service. If we’re wrong, well, then, we’re wrong. No one should ever be driven by fear of failure in the pursuit of something in which they truly believe. In our case, we believe in the freedom to create for free whatever social network you want. Your own social network for anything. With your brand. With your choice of features. With your look and feel. With your members. Reflecting your decisions.

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