16 000 km away from Saturday’s finale of the Tour de France, Adelaide Cyclists were celebrating a win for their country’s very own Cadel Evans. “With the Tour de France,” Adelaide Cyclists Ning Creator Angus Kingston highlights, “a member found a cinema to watch a big stage and got 50 members of Adelaide Cyclists there to watch [the race].” The Ning Network, a 1,600-strong cyclist community, serves as an ultra-local hub for riders Down Under in the country’s fifth largest city.
If you’ve ever watched Project Runway, The Devil Wears Prada, or have been to a Barneys sample sale, you know that for many people around the world, fashion is king. Couple this passion with the dream of getting your 15 minutes of fame, and you’ve got yourself a competition that’s sure to cause a flurry of activity and drive engagement on your Ning Network.
Today, we’re excited to unveil the Aviary Ning Extension, a tool that can increase member engagement and inject fun and utility into Ning social websites using photos feature.
The Big Picture
Photo sharing continues to be one of the most popular features on Ning, second only to the inbox/forum. By working closely with Aviary (www.aviary.com), a leading provider of creative web and mobile tools, we make photo sharing even more powerful and fun for your community through the Ning API.
As summer swings into full gear and the 4th of July fast approaches, communities across the nation are preparing to host Independence Day celebrations. From Maine to California, Americans all over are getting ready for barbecues, parades and outdoor gatherings not so different from the first July 4 celebration in 1777. In Hawaii, one community is preparing for an epic fireworks display – volunteers are raising $60,000 for the Kailua Fireworks show. Since funding for the show was cut in 2009, local businesses and community members have taken it upon themselves to raise money to keep their fireworks tradition alive. In 2010, community organizer Brook Gramann brought the fundraising effort online, and their Ning Network was born – Kailua Fireworks.
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
Video content is a major way for us to get outside perspectives through stories and expand our imaginations. And people want access to this content anytime, anywhere. We’ve all seen the success of YouTube; Netflix recently announced it has 23.6 million subscribers globally, eclipsing U.S. cable juggernaut Comcast.