Athena von Oech
Athena von Oech
Athena von Oech

Create a group on your social network

You can use the Groups feature on your social network to meet people with your interests or in your region. For example, a social network for runners could have groups for fans of specific distances like marathoners, half-marathoners, 5kers, and groups for specific regions like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.

To create a group on your social network, head to the Groups tab and click “Add a group.”

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Athena von Oech
Athena von Oech

Make your pet famous at the Hawaii Pet Network

Pets and their owners meet up at the Hawaii Pet Network, a social network run by the Hawaii Pet Magazine. Like many other social networks connected to magazines, the Hawaii Pet Network has done a great job of seamlessly integrating the magazine into the social network. They have added a tab using the Tab Manager that points directly to the magazine and have embedded an online version of the current issue in a text box.

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Athena von Oech
Athena von Oech

Making people and ideas findable at Smaller Indiana

Smaller Indiana is a social network for people in Indiana to meet and share ideas. The social network prides itself on making “creative people and innovative ideas easier to find. This is the place for you to share your ideas and engage with Indiana’s most creative and inspired souls…working together to build community, culture and commerce.” Created nearly 2 years ago by Pat Coyle, it’s grown to over 6000 members. Members meet up around events like a Farmers Market, happening today, and Cow Appreciation Day, scheduled for next Friday. On the forum, Pat has created several categories of discussions to encourage conversations including one for “Blatant Self Promotion,” which already has 302 threads.

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Athena von Oech
Athena von Oech

Assign a member to moderate a feature

Yesterday we blogged about appointing Network Administrators to help you manage your social network. You can also provide members with moderation tools without giving them full access to all administrative features on your social network. This can be useful if you’d like a member to moderate and delete videos and photos, but don’t want to give the management privileges to do more than that.

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Athena von Oech
Athena von Oech

Welcome to Jason’s Place

Bachelor star Jason Mesnick appeared with his girlfriend Molly Malaney on Good Morning America today to talk about their relationship and the new social network, Jason’s Place. As he said on Good Morning America, “There are over 20 million single parents in the country, growing by 1 million every year. We’ve started an incredible website that’s a combination of online resources and expert advice for single parents everywhere.”

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Athena von Oech
Athena von Oech

New articles in the Ning Workshop

A month ago, we launched a new feature in the Ning Help Center called Ning Workshop, which is a set of tutorials to aid you in creating a successful, vibrant, active social network. Since we launched the Workshop, we’ve added more tutorials including how to Use Google Analytics to track sign ups, how to create in-network FAQ or Help Center and how to add a store to your social network.

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