Nick Barr
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Update: Status is now live on your Ning Network.

With the Status feature and Ning Apps arriving soon, we’re excited about what’s in store for your Ning Network. In this post, we share some new screenshots of the Status feature and provide some more information about managing Status as a Network Creator. And further down, we talk about how Ning Apps will display alongside the My Apps your members have already added. Here’s the scoop:

Update your status on your Ning Network

In the coming days, we’ll be rolling out the Status feature onto your Ning Network. As we first mentioned here, you and your members will see a Status box at the top of your Profile pages. This is the place to share an exciting announcement or post a link to an upcoming concert. The Status feature empowers you to share your activities with other members on your Ning Network and engage with people around those activities.

Here’s how it will look on your My Page (click the image for a full-size view):

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Along with appearing on Profile pages in the Status box, status updates will also display in the Latest Activity feed on the Main Page and on the My Page of the member who posted the update. For a look at how status updates will appear in the Latest Activity on your Main Page, check out this screenshot.

As a Network Creator, you have control over how the Status feature displays in Latest Activity, you can change what the prompt text is (it’s set to “What brings you here?” by default) and you can choose whether Status is enabled on your Ning Network. Keep in mind that it can take up to five minutes for a new Status update to appear in Main Page Latest Activity.

As you and your members start posting your status updates, let us know what you think and what future improvements you’d like to see. We’re already looking into providing more ways to update your status, giving you the ability to import your status from other services, and setting up a way to comment on other people’s status. We’re looking forward to seeing how you’ll use the Status feature on your Ning Network, and we’d love to hear your feedback!

A quick note on how My Apps will display for members

With the launch of Ning Apps just around the corner, we want to shed some light on how they’ll display alongside the My Apps your members have already added.

Today, members can add My Apps — like Wishlist or Rentals — to their Profile pages. When Ning Apps arrive, members who have My Apps enabled on their Profile pages will notice some changes to the way they display. Rather than appearing on Profile pages, My Apps will appear on their own page, which you can visit by clicking the “My Apps” link on the left column of your My Page. My Apps that a member adds and the Profile View for any Ning Apps will appear together on a member’s My Apps page.

Moving My Apps to their own page will free up some real estate on members’ Profile pages and will ensure that members can add a rich set of new features while keeping their My Page speedy.

We’ll have more information soon, including a complete list of Ning Apps available at launch, so stay tuned to the Ning Blog!