Nick Barr
Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Updates on revamped Activity Feed and other Main Page improvements

A few weeks ago, we announced a project to make the Main Page of your Ning Networks more interactive and engaging. I’d like to share our progress with you.

Here’s a screenshot of the new Activity Feed in action, along with a Main Page status box:

There several things I’d like to highlight here:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Announcing the Spam Watchlist and other anti-spam tools

Later today, we’ll be releasing the Spam Watchlist — a new tool to help you fight spam.

This feature surfaces a list of people on your Ning Network that might be spammers, based on an algorithm that analyzes their content:

It’s totally up to you to take action (either to suspend for spam or whitelist as not a spammer). All the Spam Watchlist does is let you know who seems fishy. You’ll find it on your Members Moderation page, and you’ll only see a link when there are any members in the list.

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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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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Ning Design Studio & Instant Ad Boxes Are Live!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve gotten incredible feedback from 500+ Ning Creators on the Ning Design Studio. Today, we’re thrilled to make the Ning Design Studio available to everyone — you can enable it from the Ning Labs page.

Enabling the Ning Design Studio gives you access to these features:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

How ya “like” me now?

Today, we’ve rolled out the beta for our Ning Like Button and the Facebook Like Buttons, two features that enhance the Ning Engagement System. “Liking” is a lightweight interaction that has proved to be incredibly powerful. Now, you can bring that power to your Ning Network with either a customized Like Button, a Facebook Like Button, or both. Try them out today by going to your Beta Page.

If you enable the Ning Like button, members can “Like” photos, videos, and blog posts right from the Main Page, in addition to detail pages:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Ning Design Studio, coming February 9

The Ning Design Studio is launching next week. Are you excited? We certainly are.

The Ning Design Studio gives you an incredibly intuitive way to customize and transform your social experience. Previously, we posted a list of what’s in the Ning Design Studio on the Creators Network. To recap, here’s what’s in it:

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