The Perfect Way to Celebrate a Birthday

The Perfect Way to Celebrate a Birthday
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On Friday, we celebrated two years of your own social network for anything on Ning. In this time, not only have over 880,000 new social networks been created on the Ning Platform, but social networking as a whole has become a true phenomenon.

Much more than where we’ve been, however, we’re incredibly excited about where we’re going.

We believe there will be millions of different social experiences online, well beyond what is currently considered a social network today. Beginning this week, we are proud to expand the ways we are empowering people to create and consume their own social experiences for the most important people and interests in their lives.

Starting with the launch of a new Ning.com, followed by new visual design choices for your own social network, and finally the introduction of Ning Apps, we are taking a huge step forward in enabling people to define, discover, and join a diverse set of social experiences online.

The new Ning.com will provide members of the social networks on Ning with better ways to discover and stay connected to the social networks on the Ning Platform. Not only will this make the experience of being a member of one or more social networks on Ning easier and more compelling, but it will benefit Network Creators with both better discovery by prospective members as well as recurring usage by existing ones.

Offering valuable services to the members of social networks across the Ning Platform has always been fundamental to our vision of how the adoption of diverse social experiences online would ultimately evolve.

To make a world with millions of social networks possible, people have got to be able to discover and keep track of the activity across an ever increasing number of social networks in one place. While unobtrusive when in a specific social network, members need an accessible and seamless connection between social networks. That’s the goal of the new Ning.com.

Beyond the new Ning.com, the coming weeks also bring a dramatic expansion in the choices Network Creators have on the Ning Platform. This is the shift from offering simple social networks to truly diverse social experiences online. Specifically, we’re launching:

New visual design choices for your social network. Through a combination of new themes and simplified appearance choices, making your social network on Ning look both different and polished right out of the gate will get a lot easier. This update is also the foundation for future layout options and other visual design choices that seek to ensure that no two social networks on Ning look alike.

Ning Apps. With the launch of Ning Apps at the end of March, Network Creators will have a choice of 50+ features from today’s 14. This is the foundation for hundreds of features over time. Our ultimate goal with Ning Apps is to empower every type of feature combination a Network Creator can imagine. With Ning Apps, no two social networks on Ning will act alike.

Where a social network on Ning neither looks or acts like any other social network on Ning and members have a way to discover and consume social networks for the most important people and interests in their lives, the possibilities are endless.

We appreciate you being with us on this adventure and we look forward to making this new world a reality.

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9 thoughts on “The Perfect Way to Celebrate a Birthday

  1. Victor Ramayrat

    Happy birthday and more power to you Gina and company!

    I am anxiously awaiting for the network apps and I am sure that it will take niche social network customization into a new level…

    Congrats again… on to the million network!

    Thanks,
    Victor

  2. EricWilbanks

    I LOVE the Ning platform and am very excited about the networks I have created and those in which I participate. However, I would very much like to see a wiki feature added. “Notes” is simply not the same. Any plans to add wiki capabilities in the near future?

    1. Athena von Oech

      Hi Eric,

      Thank you for your kind words! As Gina mentions above, at the end of March, we’ll be releasing Ning Apps to give you even more feature choices. This is the foundation for hundreds of features over time, which means that in the near future you’ll have your choice of wiki or collaboration features for your social network.

      Thanks,
      Athena

  3. Athena von Oech

    Hi Kyle!

    Ning Apps will be additional features you can add to your social network from the Ning App Directory, which will be linked off your Manage page so they will be easy to get to.

    They will be free to install on your social network. We will start previewing the Ning Apps in more detail as we get closer to the release but I believe a few Ning Apps will have points/rewards functionality.

    Thanks!
    Athena

  4. BC Eagle

    Happy Birthday! I do have a few quick questions about the Ning Apps.

    Will these be additional features accessible to all NCs through the Manage tab?

    Will they be free?

    Will the points,ranks, and rewards functionality be included in the Ning apps released at the end of March?

    Thanks, Gina.

    -Kyle Grucci

  5. Niesom

    Happy Birthday Ning!
    I hope that the new apps will be ready for internacionalization, to be able tu use them also on non english social networks based on Ning platform.

  6. Jimbo

    Gina, we really appreciate all the amazing work you all have done to give us a great platform for creating communities. Happy Birthday Ning! Jim and Beth

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