Yesterday, we unveiled a Constant Contact Extension, which provides Ning Plus and Pro subscribers a new way to easily send out email newsletters. You’ve probably heard of Constant Contact. I definitely have. I often hear them advertising on my local public radio station, sandwiched between episodes of Fresh Air and All Things Considered. I’ve been paying attention to the progress of Constant Contact for quite some time. In fact, I have a history of not choosing Constant Contact when I probably should have. To elaborate, I decided today was a good day to tell a little story about business foolishness. I call it “The Ghost of Business Past (Great Moments in Consulting History).”
Today, we’re launching a very exciting new feature that I know a
lot of Network Creators are going to be thrilled with: a File
Manager. This will enable you to both manage files on your Ning
Network and customize your members’ experience. Available for Ning
Pro accounts, it will allow you to — among other things — create an
impressive “splash” page your members will see before visiting your
I wanted to spend a few minutes today letting you know how you can get started with the File Manager, as well as give you some examples of how you might want to use this new feature. If you’re a Pro user, you’ll find the File Manager on your My Network page. Simply select Content and choose the File Manager from your left-hand navigation area.
We’re happy to announce that Ning Networks are now supported in the all-new Seesmic Desktop 2 product. If you’re not familiar with Seesmic Desktop, it’s an application that allows you to follow activity across multiple social networking services and post status updates from one easy-to-use location. In addition to keeping your finger on the pulse of your Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz accounts, you and your members will now be able to monitor activity on one or more of your Ning Networks. Even better, your members can post status updates to your Ning Networks at the same time they post to other services. This is a great way to increase your member engagement.
We’re extremely excited to announce our support for the MetaWeblog API across all Ning Networks. This new enhancement will allow members of Ning Networks to compose and edit blog posts from popular 3rd-party applications.
Here are a few suggested applications across multiple platforms:
PC: Windows Live Writer
Browser Extension: ScribeFire
Alternate Browser: Flock
As we previously blogged and described in the plan details, your Ning Network now has a custom network ID. Based on input from our Network Creators, we are planning to end cross-network Ning authentication via a Ning ID very soon. This is part of our broader plan to give you more control over your Ning Network design and member experience. As a first step, today we dropped “Ning ID” from the sign-up experience on your Ning Network. This means that when members join, they won’t see the “We use a Ning ID for authentication” text. This won’t impact how your current members sign-in to your Ning Network. Their sign-in email address and password will remain the same.
Today, I want to let you know about some changes we’ve made to our Terms of Service and supporting terms to reflect the launch of our new service. A number of these changes have been long requested by Network Creators who desire more control over their members’ online experience. These changes are designed to deliver more freedom and control to Network Creators and to enhance the experience of all users of the Ning platform.
Highlights of the major changes include: