Over the past year, we started doing something new: publishing a public Product Roadmap for our customers. This is a way to follow along with what we’re working on right now, what’s coming next, and offers a quick glance in the rear-view mirror to see what we’ve created so far this year. We update it from time to time, and we’re updating it again today.
Today, we’re rolling out a new Ning Extension: Ustream. Ustream lets you record and broadcast video with just about any camera — including one you may already have built-in to your computer. The Ustream integration with Ning is designed to be easy to use so you can be up and running within minutes and play streaming video directly to visitors and members on your Ning social site. This is an excellent tool for Ning Creators who want to harness the power of video, and it’s now available for all Ning Plus and Pro subscribers.
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:
[Note: This release is now live.]
Groups are about to get a whole lot better.
Later next week, we’ll be rolling out a slew of improvements to the Groups feature, one of the most popular features on the Ning platform. We’re doing this based directly on feedback from Creators.
First, groups creators and administrators will be able to add static pages to a group. Added pages will be featured prominently on the group’s home page, which will make it easier to share knowledge or information with group members (or potential members).
Earlier this week, I headed to Atlanta to discuss the past, present and future of mobile group communication for the Digital Summit.
Over the past several decades, there have been major technology cycles that have disrupted the mass market. From mainframe computing in the 1960s to the rise of the web in the 1990s, it’s been a crazy ride. So where are we now?
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.