Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Interview: TokBox’s Easy-To-Use Video Chat Ning App

Instant messaging is easy on a Ning Network, thanks to the Chat feature. Displayed as either a persistant chat bar on the bottom of the page, or as a feature on the Main Page, Chat is an easy way to let your members conenct with each other in real time. But what if you want something a little more… visual?

Enter TokBox, a Ning App that allows members to easily video chat with one another. VP of Marketing and Business Development Micky O’Brien walked us through some of the TokBox need-to-know info.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Recognizing Autism Awareness Month

Each April is designated Autism Awareness Month. Hundreds of organizations are working together to raise awareness of autism and other disorders on the autism spectrum. From small communities to large, national organizations, people are creating Ning Networks to provide support and information for parents, educators and those who have autism themselves.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Interview: Connected in Compton with Hub City Livin’

Compton, Calif. isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of an politically engaged community that’s active online. Not now, anyway. M.L. Harrington is trying to change that though. He’s the Network Creator of Hub City Livin’, a Ning Network launched in August 2009, specifically for Compton residents. Want to learn more about what running a Ning Network in Compton is all about? Read on.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Engaging Your Members in Three Simple Steps

Member engagement happens when your members interact with you and with each other. Interaction includes posting or commenting on a blog, forum discussion, photo or video. It may take the form of becoming friends with another member, giving a gift or adding a comment to a profile. It’s all about participation.

Why It Matters

Member engagement is more than just social networking buzzwords. It’s the difference between a successful Ning Network and a stale Web site. It’s what makes your social network, well, social. And it’s about more than simply getting people to sign up.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

From Skateboard to Snowboard, it’s Time to Shred or Die

Skateboarders, BMX riders, snowboarders, surfers and other extreme sport enthusiasts have a new online destination, Shred or Die. Started by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, Shred or Die is the perfect place for anyone who has ever gotten a broken arm skateboarding, picked themselves up, and come back for more, to spend a little quality time. Particularly in the videos section.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

From the NYT: Online Social Networks Bridge Gaps for Chronically Ill

There’s a great article in the New York Times today about how online social networks — including Ning Networks — can help the chronically ill find friendship, support and information.

For many people, social networks are a place for idle chatter about what they made for dinner or sharing cute pictures of their pets. But for people living with chronic diseases or disabilities, they play a more vital role.

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