Ning’s Tips and Tricks

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Online Awesomeness

We’ve been huge fans of skinnyCorp for awhile now. They have become the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of online communities by creating projects like Extra Tasty and Threadless entirely on their own terms. They definitely fall into the category of those about to rock and we salute them.

More importantly, they are sharing their secrets. They gave a fantastic presentation at the Community Next conference at Stanford back in February and Google Video has the goods.

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Kyle Ford

How to Make Your Social Network Look Amazing in 5 Steps

We offer the ability for Network Creators – and Members – to customize (almost) everything on your social network on Ning.

To make your network look the way you want it to, we offer an Appearance page that makes it easy to customize how your network looks. You can also add your own custom CSS, but we know that’s not for everyone.

We’d encourage you to experiment with all of your Appearance page options on your social network, but 5 simple steps will go a long way to making your network look great with a minimal amount of effort:

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We’re an American Band

We’re closing in on 20,000 new social networks on Ning in one month and the diversity of these networks has amazed us. It is so beyond our expectations.

As one example, I discovered We’re an American Band a few days ago and there’s a few of things I thought I’d highlight about this network:

A unique purpose

One of the keys to creating a great social network is a purpose, especially when you’re creating something from scratch without a built-in base of fans. Not that a built-in fanbase is a bad thing. In fact, that’s pretty awesome, too.

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We Love Capitalism

In one of those interesting friend-of-a-friend’s-mom email forwardings, today we heard about a web development firm that was charging someone’s mom $5,000 to “add” a discussion forum and profiles onto her social network on Ning.

This might seem like a reasonable sum of money to pay a development firm to build these features except Ning offers for free a discussion forum and profiles that you can add and customize yourself. No need to hire someone to do build you one when it is already there…and already free.

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