April 2011

Shali Nguyen
Shali Nguyen

Announcing Ning Design Competition Finalists

We’re delighted to see the amount of enthusiasm on the Ning Design Competition. Not only did we receive far more entries than we expected, the submissions showed a huge variety with interesting elements to bring community together and re-imagined the possibilities for social website design.

It was certainly a difficult process but after much consideration, we’re pleased to announce the top 12 finalists for the Ning Design Competition to compete for the following prizes:

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Jason Rand
Jason Rand

Ning Tech Talks: A Look Back & Looking Ahead

With over 90,000 customers worldwide, millions of pieces of content created daily, and billions of events handled each year, our slim team of about 100 employees relies on killer analytics tools to make sense of all the data and numbers. In our second Ning Tech Talk, Ning’s Pierre-Alexandre Meyer discusses Realtime Analytics and the systems we use to monitor the Ning Platform 24/7. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, RSVP on our Meetup and we’ll you see tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 6 PM at Ning HQ in downtown Palo Alto.

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Jason Rand
Jason Rand

From the Red Carpet to Your Produce Aisle

It’s always exciting to hear first-hand of our customers’ success both on and off the Ning Platform. We think about social websites on Ning as the hub for social branding and identity. This naturally lends itself to having a presence, or spokes, if you will, around the web and real world.

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Aaron Ilika
Aaron Ilika

Earth Day 2011: Banco do Planeta’s Commitment to Sustainability

Comunidade Banco do Planeta (Bank of the Planet Community) is a network operated by Bradesco, one of the big four banks in Brazil. This community powered by Ning showcases Bradesco’s ongoing commitment to environmental and financial sustainability. Unlike many banks, one of Bradesco’s core values is to give back to the communities they serve, helping their customers invest not only in funds or stocks, but also in their communities, Brazilian society, and—naturally—the planet. The network sponsors events related to green urban development, courses on environmental education, and social responsibility seminars for businesses. With over 19,000 members, the network’s members include environmental activists, representatives of the business community, and nonprofit organizations.

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Erika Gessin
Erika Gessin

Congratulations to Ning’s Most Influential Creator of 2011

Actress/comedian, Amy Poehler, was named today by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world in 2011. In fact, she ranked fourth on that top 100 list, which included the likes of President Barack Obama, Oprah, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Now There’s More to Like!

Since adding the Like Feature to Ning Labs in February, we’ve studied closely how Ning Creators are using it on their social sites. What we’ve found is exciting: 12,000 Ning Creators have already replaced the Favorite and Rate features with the Like Button, and they are seeing great results. Here’s how this change has increased member engagement:

Engagement = Number of times content is Rated, Favorited, or Liked

We’re excited to report that later today, we will be taking the Like Feature out of Ning Labs.

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