Full OpenSocial support is coming to Ning at the end of September. If you’re a developer interested in having your application included in our directory at launch, please sign up for our beta program. We look forward to having you on board!
From where you’re sitting as a Network Creator on Ning, platform releases aren’t very transparent. The Ning Platform and your social networks go down for a couple of hours, then come back up, and not much has changed.
With nothing visible to you, the natural question is why did we take everything down at all? And, in rare occasions like this past weekend, the release is followed by another release right after the first one, and you’re left wondering what is happening.
Performance and stability is our number one priority. In this context, you can probably understand just how un-awesome we rate this week. It was atypical and we are committed to ensuring that it stays that way.
As a free service, we love that you hold us to the same uptime standards offered by an expensive service provider. While we don’t offer Service Level Agreements, we are committed to providing you the absolute best, highly scalable platform for creating your own social network for anything.
If you’ve set up Google Analytics or any other kind of traffic analysis tool for your network, chances are you’ve noticed that search engines typically send a lot of visitors your way.
Just like with any website, search engines send out crawlers to your network to discover and analyze it. Once this is done, your network starts appearing on the search results for certain phrases or keywords that visitors type in. Since most people aren’t willing to look beyond the top 10-20 search results, high rankings are extremely important.
Ok, so slight amendment to what we said about releasing support for OpenSocial later this year. We actually just released it a few moments ago across our now 115,000 social networks. Given how easy it was to create and roll out, we decided to drop this puppy into production today so people could start experimenting with OpenSocial now.