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Another popular sign-up option will soon be available on your Ning Network. Along with signing up via Facebook, Google or Yahoo, Network Creators will be able to allow members to sign up and sign in with Twitter, starting later today.

Coming: Sign up with Twitter

The addition of Twitter sign up has been a long-time Network Creator request, and it represents the next-most popular third-party sign-up service after Yahoo. According to Janrain, the leading provider of Social Sign On services on the web and Ning’s partner for this feature, 86 percent of users prefer to use their Facebook, Google, Yahoo or Twitter accounts when signing up via external authentication.

How to set it up
Just as with the other Social Sign On services, Twitter sign up will need to be enabled first by Network Creators before it appears as an option on your sign up page. If you’ve already created a Twitter app for sharing on your Ning Network, it’s as simple as checking a box on the Sign up/Sign In management page. For those that haven’t taken that step, you’ll need to create a Twitter app for your Ning Network, by following the instructions we’ve added to our Help Center.

If you don’t already have an app for sharing, creating a Twitter app for sign up will allow the app to be used for Twitter sharing as well.

Using Twitter Sign-Up
Unlike Facebook, Google and Yahoo, Twitter does not share users’ email addresses when they sign up with Twitter on any website. Not only was this the reason we had to wait until the Custom Network ID project was complete to add support for Twitter, but visitors who sign up with Twitter will be asked for their email address when signing up. They will not need to create a password, though, and signing in with Twitter will be just as easy as with Facebook, Google or Twitter — all it takes is a single click!

We hope to add more services in the future. For the moment, enjoy using Twitter for sign up.