September 2009

Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Brazilian pets pick Orkupet

A fondness for four-legged friends isn’t something unique to the U.S.; people love their pets all over the world. Orkupet is a Ning Network for Portuguese-speaking pets and the people who love them.

More than 600 feline and canine members propagate the ranks of Orkupet. Using the feature option for the Members module, Orkupet has chosen only to display members who’ve uploaded adorable photos. Anyone in need of a pick-me-up should check out the Adoro Meus Amigos group, where members join with the express purpose of discussing how awesome their friends are.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Creativity rules in the American Craft Guide Community

From knitting to knotting and everything in between, the American Craft Guide Community serves those in the crafting community. In the forum, many members are seeking advice on how to take their craft business to the next level. One member is wondering how to make more money in the craft fairs she participates in. Another is looking for new ideas for displaying her products at her booth in an upcoming juried art fair.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Introducing the Bay Area’s Distortion 2 Static to the world

Distortion 2 Static is a hip-hop show based in San Francisco. With its Ning Network, D2S streams exclusive highlights from the week right on the Main Page.

D2S has a big presence throughout the Bay Area, and members use the Events feature to find out where the next big show will be. This Saturday DJ Mr. E will be headlining Word Up! at Azul. And with photo albums, D2S spotlights recent events like Idle Warship performing at Yoshi’s.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Neighbors for Neighbors: Stepping up to fight crime

Ning Network Creator Joseph Porcelli is on a mission to make Boston a more neighborly, connected city. His weapon of choice? Ning Networks for Boston neighborhoods, each under the umbrella of Neighbors for Neighbors. The organization’s website — from which each of the neighborhood Ning Network is linked to — states “Neighbors for Neighbors connects people who live, work and serve in a particular neighborhood to others who they don’t already know. Neighbors discover common interests by sharing information via blogs and discussions and organize by joining or starting groups and posting events.”

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Eliminating Spam on Ning

No one likes spam, especially us. It makes for a less-than-awesome Ning Network experience for members and makes a Network Creator’s life harder than it needs to be. While we’ve been building spam prevention into more and more elements of the Ning Platform, we’re constantly looking to drive more spam prevention projects that make Ning even better. Some of these projects are obvious and others are behind-the-scenes. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate spam on your Ning Network before it ever gets there.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Mapping members and Tweets on Lost Zombies

Are you a member of the un-dead? Lost Zombies is a Ning Network focused on creating “the world’s first community generated zombie documentary.” Content uploaded to the network — videos, photos and written anecdotes — form the bulk of the member-generated submissions to the documentary. Lost Zombies is also using two Ning Apps to help track both the location of their members, and what people are reporting about zombies and the un-dead on Twitter. Learn more about how Lost Zombies is integrating Ning Apps, after the jump.

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