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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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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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admin
admin

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

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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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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admin
admin

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

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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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

This Week! An update to Members pages and a change to Invitations

We’re excited to announce a few new updates coming this week to your Ning Network:

1. We’re updating the design of the Members and Friends pages so that more people show up even faster.
2. We’re retiring the Invite All Friends feature where your members could invite their friends across Ning Networks.

Here are the details:

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admin
admin

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

Updates to Chat & Latest Activity are on the way

Next week On June 25th, we’re updating your social network’s Chat and Latest Activity features. Chat will now have multiple display options: you can give it its own tab, and choose whether to place it on the Main Page or keep it as a bar at the bottom of your social network on Ning.

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admin
admin

A Little Preview of Updates to the Ningbar

Happy Monday! We’ve got a nice little mini-release going out tonight that we’re pretty fired up about, but we also wanted to give you an early look today at a few substantial changes we’re making to the Ningbar on your social network. The current target for these changes is Sep. 18 now Friday, Sep. 26 at 6 p.m. Pacific.

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