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The New Latest Activity Feature – A Quick Update

Update: these changes should be live now. Thanks!

I just wanted to thank everyone for the feedback you’ve been giving us on the new Latest Activity feature that we’ve been rolling out since Sunday to the social networks on Ning. We’re making a few updates later today that I wanted to flag:

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Garnor Morantes
Garnor Morantes

Pearson to provide Ning Mini for free to educators

When we recently announced our new pricing plans (which launch July 20th, 2010), we heard from many of you who were concerned about the future of education-focused Ning Networks. Ning Networks have become a valuable complement to many schools and other educational institutions by helping teachers, parents and students supplement class curriculums; allowing educators and administrators to share best practices; and by helping all these groups bring the vitality and vibrancy of their institutions online.

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Joseph Lai
Joseph Lai

Making Billing Easier for Network Creators

It’s Day 3 since the launch, and Network Creators who have selected a Ning Mini, Plus, or Pro plan will notice several billing enhancements we’ve made. Here is a quick overview of these new features:

Annual Billing
We now offer annual billing so you can pay once and not worry about invoices and payments for the rest of the year. Besides the convenience, annual billing also comes with a hefty discount that’s equivalent to 2 or more months of free services, depending on the plan selected.

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New Network Creators Network Coming November 9th

In April, we moved our Ning Network Creators Network to Get Satisfaction in an effort to address what we thought was a desire for people to have an independent place to share best practices around creating successful Ning Networks without our meddling.

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New media players & chat, now on your social network!

We’re excited to announce that tonight’s release is now live on your social network. We blogged about the features in this release here, and the highlights are:

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Introducing Social Sign-In

Here at Ning, we pay close attention to customer feedback. Ning Creators consistently remind us how important it is to have complete freedom to customize their online community experience. An important request around this idea has been for a more streamlined member registration and sign-in process. After all, who has the time to create and remember yet another username and password?

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Goodbye banning, hello better member management

Running a Ning Network is a lot like hosting an awesome party. But no matter how rocking it is, sometimes people leave and sometimes you have to kick people out. On Monday, we’ll be introducing more flexibility to the experience members have when they leave your Ning Network, and to the experience you have when you need to remove a member. These improvements will facilitate member management and keep the party going strong.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Tonight’s release is live! September 29, 2009

10/2 update: We’ve made an update to how email verification works for people who are already members of a Ning Network. When you sign in to a Ning Network that you’re already a member of, you won’t need to verify your email address. But if you’re already a member of one Ning Network and you join a new one, you’ll be prompted to verify your email when you sign up. Email verification will continue to be a one-time-only step.

9/30

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Eliminating Spam on Ning

No one likes spam, especially us. It makes for a less-than-awesome Ning Network experience for members and makes a Network Creator’s life harder than it needs to be. While we’ve been building spam prevention into more and more elements of the Ning Platform, we’re constantly looking to drive more spam prevention projects that make Ning even better. Some of these projects are obvious and others are behind-the-scenes. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate spam on your Ning Network before it ever gets there.

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Changes to Ning.com – a Rationale

As promised, here’s a bit more color on the changes to Ning.com we launched on Monday.

We redesigned Ning.com to focus on Ning Networks and your settings across Ning Networks. Now on Ning.com, you have full access to your list of Ning Networks created and joined as well as Settings across Ning Networks, which is super handy when you want to, for example, update your photo across your Ning Networks or change what types of email notifications you receive from all of your Ning Networks at one time.

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New Chat Feature Coming This Week

Due to popular demand, we’re releasing a new Chat feature for your network this week. The release is currently slated for Thursday night. We will finalize the release time and date as we complete testing and QA in the next two days.

Here’s a screenshot of the new Chat feature on the Main Page, with more details and screenshots after the jump. Click on any image to see a full page version:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Tonight’s release is live! September 8, 2009

We’re excited to announce that tonight’s release, which rolls out the Status feature to your Ning Network, is now live. As we talk about here, the Status feature empowers you to share your activities with other members on your Ning Network and engage with people around those activities.

Here’s how it will look on your My Page (click the image for a full-size view):

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