Technology

Christina Lee
Christina Lee

The Ning POV: How Custom Social Communities Can Change the World

There are over 90,000 social websites on Ning worldwide. As a social platform that integrates with major social tools, Ning is in a unique position to observe patterns across the entire social ecosystem. The new Ning Point of View (POV) Report examines trends in community engagement across the ever-changing social ecosystem that all inspired organizations and businesses can apply to spark change with as few as 20 people.

20 = The Magic Number

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Jon Stueve
Jon Stueve

EU Safe Harbor Certified

Here at Ning, we take your privacy very seriously and are committed to maintaining high standards of data privacy. We recognize that privacy expectations (and regulations) can get complicated as data travels around the world, so we’re eager to make things simpler for Ning Creators. We’re happy to announce that Ning is now part of the European Union (EU) Data Privacy Safe Harbor.

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Jason Rosenthal
Jason Rosenthal

Welcome to 2011. Welcome to the Custom Social Revolution!

The year 2010 will go down in history as a breakthrough year in which Social Media went truly mainstream, as over 75 percent of the online audience used some form of social Web technology. The year 2011 promises to be even more transformative as consumers increasingly expect and demand that every experience they have on the Web will have social features built in from the ground up rather than simply being bolted on. We’re calling this trend the Custom Social Revolution, and we’re excited to be playing a part in it along with all of you, our Ning Creators!

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Casey
Casey

The Ghost of Business Past (Great Moments in Consulting History)

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).”

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Junaid Basir
Junaid Basir

The New File Manager: Upload Files and Make a Splash with a Custom Main Page

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 network.
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.

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

Seesmic Desktop and Ning Network Extensions

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.

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