December 2007

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Happy 2008!

Happy New Year!

As we welcome 2008, we just wanted to take a quick moment to thank all our Network Creators for an amazing 2007. We now have over 144,000 social networks on the Ning Platform, of which 114,000 have been created since the end of February when we released Your Own Social Network for Anything.

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Laura Gluhanich
Laura Gluhanich

Two Six: ‘Tis the Season

The season for snow, that is. And Two Six is the network “designed to unite individuals that share a passion for adrenaline. Snow, Skate, Surf, Wake, Ride.” This shared passion covers all seasons, but it’s clear from the Welcome image, front and center, that Two Six is geared up for winter.

With only a couple months under its belt, Two Six members have been a prolific bunch, adding hundreds of videos and photos. I know when I’m not in Tahoe this winter I can live vicariously through the members of Two Six.
Find more photos like this on TWOSiX

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Laura Gluhanich
Laura Gluhanich

Opera Center

It is with a flair for the dramatic that Opera Center welcomes you.
As it should be, as Opera Center is a network “created for those who love and enjoy opera along side those who perform.” Opera Center highlights performers throughout the network. There is a member of the week (congratulations Jeffrey Snider!) displayed on the main page.

Further down, the music player features an individual member’s piece and pairs that with a biography alongside. Currently Gerard Fauvelle is featured, complete with his version of “Pourquoi Me Reveiller” by Jules Massenet.

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Barely Political’s Spin Room

Barely Political, the creators of Obama Girl, just launched their own social network, The Spin Room, for fans of their unique brand of online political comedy and satire.

Ben Relles, BarelyPoltical’s producer and founder, and his team have done a great job integrating their new social network on Ning into their main video site and promoting both of these in one experience, all done through links and graphics. Here’s the homepage of Barely Political and you can see the promotion of the Spin Room at the top:

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Laura Gluhanich
Laura Gluhanich

Barista Exchange

Every once in a while, I find myself drawn into a social network, fascinated by its members and content. And if you’ve never thought coffee could be mesmerizing, take a look at these photos from the branded slideshow on Barista Exchange:

I was amazed at the competition shots, impressed with the foam designs, and in the end, thirsting for a cappuccino, made by someone who knows coffee.

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Laura Gluhanich
Laura Gluhanich

Disc Golfers R Us

Today I learned that disc golfers have various discs, in the bag. This is the first, but certainly not the last piece of information I will pick up on Disc Golf R Us, the place for disc golfers to connect.

I think my favorite thing on the Disc Golf R Us network is its primary guideline, “Please consider each disc golfer here to be your friend.” Sounds good to me, a network guided by the Network Creator’s vision.

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