First and foremost, we will dive into the importance of social interaction. Why do people need social interaction? Put simply, we are social animals and cannot survive without connections to others. No wonder the most horrifying and psychologically painful torture for prisoners is the complete deprivation of human interaction in solitary cells. Everyone knows about the so-called Mowgli kids who had no chance to communicate with their peers while growing up and were not able to learn any language at all.
Everyone understands the importance of an impressive logo to a company. It doesn’t matter whether you run a well-established business or are launching a start-up – either way, you need to catch people’s attention by all possible means. Visual attention-getters are the most important, as the majority of people (approximately 90% of the population) are best equipped, both physiologically and psychologically, to understand and memorize information taken in through visual channels.
Blogging is a popular, rewarding, and lifestyle-friendly activity. Creator status attracts numerous writing professionals and laypeople alike. It seems that nowadays everyone is either a current or a prospective blogger, a pro or a hobby blogger.
Every prolific blogger is familiar with the point in their creative writing process when the tantalizing question surfaces: “Can you make money blogging?”
Many community managers are either too slow or too fast to remove antagonistic members. They either remove the antagonistic member without fully realizing the role this individual plays within the community, or they spend copious amounts of time trying to convert the antagonist into a happy member.
Online community guidelines detail the types of behaviors that are and are not appropriate on your community. They include things that some might consider obvious, but they also include items that are somewhat unique to you and your community. I liken an online community to a country. Each country has culture, laws and social norms that make it different from every other country.
Are you struggling to stimulate activity in your online community? Do you have lots of members but little participation? Try asking the sorts of questions that stimulate discussion in every online community.
This week, we held the second webinar in our series with Richard Millington, one of the most respected voices in the field of community management. The first one was about increasing activity, and it was definitely the most successful webinar Ning has ever held.
The majority of communities struggle to sustain high levels of activity in their communities. We typically only hear about the rampant success stories. It’s fun to believe that a community will just attract members and explode to life.
Chris Paton is a medical doctor, consultant and researcher. He specializes in the area of “Health Informatics,” which is all about using technology to enhance the provision of healthcare. One of the ways that Chris has been using technology over the years is to create online eLearning communities to help health professionals with their continuing education. The first community he created is called New Media Medicine and has been running for about 10 years, now with over 100,000 monthly users.
At Ning, we’re all about social. It’s in our veins. We play well with others like Twitter and Facebook; and we focus on how other services like them can best be implemented into the Ning Platform to give you a seamless and awesome experience for building and contributing to a Ning community, and sharing content elsewhere.
We encourage Ning Creators to take full advantage of other social platforms as they build a social strategy and online presence to reach their goals. Here are 8 ways your Ning community works with other social platforms, making your Ning site an integral part of that strategy:
Simon Cantlon is on a mission to document the power and allure of the American open road. And he’s using Ning as the community hub for the project. He’s producing an interactive documentary film and book called The Motels of Route 66. The project will explore the stories of the motel owners, the architecture, the travelers and the road itself, which runs between Los Angeles and Chicago.
Do your Facebook and Twitter sharing buttons need some company? Now, add Google’s “+1” share buttons to every piece of content on your Ning Network, with a single click. Google’s +1 buttons “let people who love your content recommend it on Google search,” and share it on your stream with the new Google+ network. Just as with Network Like and Facebook Like, you can add a Google +1 button to: