New Release Coming Soon!

New Release Coming Soon!
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***Important Update***
Update as of April 19th: We’re breaking this release into a few different ones and will come back shortly with an updated plan. Thanks!

In our next release, currently slated for the week of April 20th, we’re rolling out a number of new things for your social network on Ning.

Here are the highlights:

New Status Updates

We’ve heard from a few of you that you wanted the ability for you and your members to quickly add status updates and share links with the rest of your social network. With this release, now you’ve got it. When a member updates his or her status or shares a link, the update or link appears on the member profile page as well as in your social network’s latest activity feature on the Main page.

By default, the new status field will appear at the top of member profile pages, like this:

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Your new status message will also appear in your new badge, which is yet another reason to show your love and membership for your social network by putting your badge on your blog, website, or profile page across the Internet.

If this feature isn’t right for your social network, no worries. You can remove it from the new Advanced Controls option on your Manage page. When you remove the feature, it will no longer show the option to add status updates or share links to your members. If you want to keep this feature but just not show it in your latest activity feature, you can also control that from the Advanced Controls page.

If you and your members are Twitter addicts, this version doesn’t yet have direct Twitter integration. Never fear though, you can pull in your Twitter stream using the Twitter Tracker, accessible from the Profile Apps directory on your profile page. You can also do what many do and just add a promo to follow you on Twitter from a text box.

Reorganized Manage Page

In this release, we’ve reorganized your social network’s Manage page. All the same options are here but they are rejiggered a bit to make the important ones easier to access. Here’s what it will now look like:

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It might take you a little bit to get used to the changes and we appreciate that. Give it a few days and then let us know what you think.

More NC and Admin Control Over Tags and Titles

We’ve gotten a ton of great feedback from Network Creators of incredibly active social networks and one of your top requests is more control over tags and titles of content so you can keep your lively and active social network better organized.

This release will allow you to do exactly that.

Specifically, Network Creators and Administrators can now edit tags and titles of content as well as add tags to members’ content. Tags added by Network Creators and Administrators won’t be editable by the member who added the content. However, if a Network Creator changes a title and the member decides to change it back, the member’s title will stand.

While this change may occasionally override the member’s choice, the benefits of Network Creator control, social network organization, and better search and discovery outweighed the possible inconvenience to the member.

And that’s it! If you have any questions or feedback, drop us a note in the Ning Help Center.

Thanks!

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22 thoughts on “New Release Coming Soon!

  1. Mackenzie

    Hi Kris!

    As we’ve said above, we decided to break this release up into a few releases and polish each of the features a bit more. For more information on the roadmap for the next couple of months.

    Thanks!
    Mackenzie

  2. Julian

    Evan

    Is there any update on this as it is now 3 weeks since your initial post.

    Regards

    Julian

  3. Mackenzie

    Hi Barney,

    That’s a great point. We’ll certainly look for better ways to let you know when release dates change, and we appreciate your flexibility here.

    If you have any questions about upcoming releases, you can always reach us in the Ning Help Center at http://help.ning.com.

    Thanks!
    Mackenzie

  4. Mackenzie

    Hi Julian!

    We’ve just posted an update above regarding this release, which we’re currently working on splitting into a few different releases. I don’t have any updates for you in terms of timing, but we’ll have more details up on the Ning Blog in the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!

    Cheers,
    Mackenzie

  5. Barney Lerten

    Glad I happened to push back to this date to see the updated rollout plans. Can you please, when updating real service-upgrade changes like this, push it back to the current date/top of the blog? Or post a whole new entry? I think many would appreciate that. Thanks!

  6. Sairexes

    Oh hi Evan,

    Thanks for the immediate response. Oh so i know now whats the explanation why broadcast message dont support HTML. Thanks for the brief explanation. Oh I didn’t know that esporting member’s email add, well now i know, thanks for it again. In that case it will be easy for me to export and send my messages! Thanks a lot again.

  7. Zohra

    Cool updates Evan, but i don’t see the use of a ‘rejiggered’ control panel above for example new features for groups. Maybe some people will like it, but i liked it already as it w

  8. Steve H

    A big thing that I would like to see with status updates is the ability to aggregate your friends status on your page. That way you can easily log into the network and see what you are friend’s have entered instead of randomly finding it when you go to visit their page. I think it will allow more interaction between users. If the status update feature is open social compliant, it should actually be pretty easy to do as an open social app (which I may try once it comes out).

  9. Sairexes

    Uhmm… wow!

    Thanks a lot for the awesome new updates! It is really awesome!!!

    Uhmm… by the way i just wanna suggest…

    can you make the BROADCAST message HTML applicable or just with the basic HTML needed (like on the comments with the bold, italic, underline, add an images and etc) ?!
    well i think it would be better…
    coz I was making my updates as images and i cant put it on to broadcast it to my members…

    Hope to see a response! ^_^!

  10. Dominic

    Now this is an update I can get behind. I’ve been wanting status updates for some time now.

    1. Evan Goldin Post author

      Hi Michael!

      As we mentioned, you’ll be able to change the title and tags of any content added to your social network.

      Cheers!
      Evan

  11. Michael

    WOW! The updates just keep coming, bit like windows updates except these are useful and count as one of your 5 a day! 🙂

    Cheers Ning

  12. Alva

    RE: “If this feature isn’t right for your social network, no worries. You can remove it from the new Advanced Controls option on your Manage page.”

    THANK YOU! For continuing to add new features, but realizing not all features fit all networks and giving NCs the control to operate their networks(s) according to their purpose. We really, really appreciate this!

  13. Jens Mügge

    That’s really good that Network Creators and Administrators can now edit tags and titles of content because some titles of events, blog posts were too long in the past. The Status Updates for members: cool!

  14. MUSTAPHA SELEMANI

    this is nice… really nice.. but is there a way to make the Badges show up on the members profile only and the main page…

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