Ning’s Tips and Tricks

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Anatomy of a Profile Page

No other element or feature of a social network elicits as much venom or praise as the member profile page. Why? It’s simple:

Profile pages on social networks represent the very heart of freedom, self-expression, and the ability to make something uniquely your own.

A profile page is all mine to do (almost) anything I want with it.

Profile Page Features

So, this is my profile page on Ning’s Network Creators:

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

House of Kyle: A Blog’s Life

I feel a little like Forrest Gump stumbling through history, but here’s an illustrated timeline of my personal website, House of Kyle:

Handmade HTML (Early/Mid-1990s)

Inspired by Mosaic (wink), I did a series of personal experiments writing basic HTML by hand. Aside from a “Contact Me” link at the bottom, the first House of Kyle was very much a one-way street. I posted. End of story.

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Free Tunes

One of the things I love about the crew here at Ning is that they are passionate. Even better, their passion covers alot of topics. One of these topics happens to be free music licensed under a variety of friendly “redistribution” terms. Who knew?

Fabricio Zuardi, the co-creator of the Ning Music Player we released on June 2nd, just posted this to a discussion thread on Ning Network Creators:

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Add eBay to Your Network

As we’ve mentioned before, we love capitalism. Especially capitalism on your network where you benefit from the sale of goods and services. Ads are another story, but there’s nothing in our terms of service that prevents you from turning your network into an ecommerce mecca.

eBay just launched a widget that makes showing merchandise from eBay on your network as simple as copy and paste.

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You Can Share Documents on Your Network

We’ve been known to sneak in the occasional awesome feature that we then don’t adequately highlight. Call us humble.

One feature worth mentioning is sharing documents, or files more generally, on your network. You can do this right now. PDFs, Word Documents, Images, MP3s, you name it. It’s there. And it’s cool. It’s just a little hidden.

How to Share Files on Your Social Network
Links point to Ning’s Network Creators but it’s just to show these features in action.

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

Widgets: When Enough Just Isn’t Enough

There’s a lot you can do today with your social network on Ning. But sometimes a lot is simply not enough. Sometimes you need even MORE customization options for your network. It’s not your fault. The heart wants what it wants.

To help satisfy your digital addiction, there is the online power of widgets. These are small bits of code that pack a punch in terms of offering you even more features and functionality on your network. You and your members can quickly copy and paste them into any text box, chatter, profile answer, discussion or comment on your social network.

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