With the launch of improved email notifications last year, URLs in your Ning Network’s email notifications changed in a small but significant way. Since Nov. 10, URLs in almost all email notifications have contained unique text that identifies the type of email notification.
Growing a Ning Network by populating it with lots of members is often considered to be the Holy Grail for many Network Creators. As a result, we see Ning Networks that are so excited to grow — and grow quickly — that their invitation lists more closely resemble the population of a small country. But, as the saying goes, it’s about quality not quantity. The key to building a vibrant Ning Network is to attract people that will love to be part of it and regularly contribute. Think before you hit send; are these invitees likely to be active, engaged members? That’s why it’s important to invite the right connections and friends that share your passion. To reach them, we’re highlighting four simple ways to best share with and invite the people that can make your Ning Network stellar.
Listings is the latest Ning App built by the folks at Apps.IO. With Listings, members can create, customize, and comment on listings of various types. It’s a great option for introducing a “Classifieds” or “Jobs” tab to your Ning Network.
Contests are a core way to drive participation on your Ning Network and keep members coming back. For example, the folks at My Kicks on Fire ran a contest to win a free pair of Nike Air Yeezy sneakers. To enter, members were asked to help get the word out via Twitter. Friends or Enemies launched a t-shirt design competition, where the winner had their design printed and sold in the FOE merch store. To participate, members uploaded their proposed t-shirt design to the group in the comments section.
I work with a lot of developers in my role as a developer evangelist. If you’ve ever been on the Ning Developer Network, you’ve probably seen my profile photo once or twice in the forum.
And, like a lot of other people who work at Ning — actually, like a lot of people everywhere — I have my own set of interests and passions outside of work. A couple of years ago I started 8Asians.com, a blog that focuses on Asian American and Asian American issues; we talk about everything from activist issues to pop culture and pretty much everything in between. As the blog focuses on the Asian community, creating a Ning Network was a natural solution to allow readers of the blog to interact with each other.
So let’s say you’ve already resized a photo and turned it into an awesome virtual gift. Now you’re ready for a new challenge — to create your own virtual gift from scratch.
For this post, we’ll use Aviary Phoenix, a free web-based image editor. Another free application to check out is Sumo Paint. While we won’t cover tips and tricks to becoming an awesome illustrator here, Aviary has a nice set of tutorials that should help boost your skills.