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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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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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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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John McDonald
John McDonald

Expanding on Ning Mini: a Few New Details Added by Request

We’re getting closer to the launch of our new pricing plans on July 20th, and I’d like to take a few minutes to provide Network Creators with several additional details about the transition process for those of you who are interested in purchasing the Ning Mini plan.

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The Ning Platform: A Few Updates

With OpenSocial now on profile pages across 535,000 social networks on Ning, we thought it was a good time to share with everyone where we’re going from here. We’re evolving the Ning Platform in three key ways:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

More Virtual Gifts improvements coming your way

Update: This release is live as of Tuesday, November 24.

In the coming days, we’ll be strengthening the Ning Virtual Gifts feature with a series of improvements that give you as a Network Creator even more control over how you customize the Gift Store around the context of your Ning Network. This update follows on the heels of our previous update to Ning Virtual Gifts, which you can read about here.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Status feature coming soon to your Ning Network!

Update: Status is now live on your Ning Network.

With the Status feature and Ning Apps arriving soon, we’re excited about what’s in store for your Ning Network. In this post, we share some new screenshots of the Status feature and provide some more information about managing Status as a Network Creator. And further down, we talk about how Ning Apps will display alongside the My Apps your members have already added. Here’s the scoop:

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Casey
Casey

The New Ning: What to Expect Next Week

We’re less than a week away from offering our three new plans. July 20th. That’s next Tuesday. We’ve been tying up loose ends and preparing for what promises to be a very busy first week of the “new” Ning.

To help everyone get prepared, we’ve been blanketing the Creators Network with information about the plans and answering as many questions as possible. We want everyone to feel like they have plenty of time and all the information they need to make the best decision for their members.

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Small changes with a big punch coming next week

Update: This release is live as of 11/16. Thanks!

One of the more interesting challenges of growing a social platform with a base of passionate Network Creators is how to communicate the less visible success factors that make a Ning Network a hit. In the case of performance, the data is black and white: if your Ning Network is light and fast, you will grow. If it loads slowly, it won’t.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Improved email notifications are on the way!

November 8th Update: Along with the new features detailed below, in this release we’re also upping the character limits on your broadcast messages to 10,000 characters and private messages to 4,000 characters.

November 9th Update: We’ve also snuck in another improvement to the content you can follow on a Ning Network. When you view someone’s blog posts, videos, photos, or discussions, you’ll see a follow link which gives you a way to receive an email whenever that member adds another blog post, video photo or discussion.

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A better text editor, on Forum and Blog posts

For Ning Creators and members alike, adding content is an essential part of any Ning Network. When it comes to adding text, the text editor members rely on should be as easy to use as possible. Starting tomorrow, adding and editing text on Ning will become even easier.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Ning Virtual Gifts coming soon!

We’re excited to announce that Ning Virtual Gifts, which we first talked about here, is just around the corner. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a random act of kindness, these virtual gifts will give your members another way to meet and develop relationships with each other.

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