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8 Steps to Creating a Great Social Network

Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love a good online party

Creating your own social network is a lot like hosting a fabulous party. Like all parties, it usually starts with being an interesting person and a love of meeting people. Bands and porn stars work too. Just kidding.

Like any party, it also takes a little bit of preparation to take cheap beer and stale chips and turn it into a night to remember.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Social Sharing: Getting Your Ning Network Dugg so People Can StumbleUpon It

If you’ve been reading along, you know we’re pretty excited about the ways we’ve integrated with Twitter and Facebook. Both services provide tremendous audiences for sharing and syndicating content from your Ning Network, but we also know they aren’t the only game in town, at least when it comes to social sharing.

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Keep up with your social network from your iPhone

Every social network on Ning comes with an iPhone interface, which is great when you want to keep up with your social network when not at your computer. Using this interface, members with iPhones can access a simplified version of your social network that looks great, matches your social network’s colors and loads quickly, even on a 2G iPhone.

To access the iPhone interface, you simply need to add /m to the URL of your social network. For example, to access Brooklyn Art Project on an iPhone, you would head to #m

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

Seesmic Desktop and Ning Network Extensions

We’re happy to announce that Ning Networks are now supported in the all-new Seesmic Desktop 2 product. If you’re not familiar with Seesmic Desktop, it’s an application that allows you to follow activity across multiple social networking services and post status updates from one easy-to-use location. In addition to keeping your finger on the pulse of your Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz accounts, you and your members will now be able to monitor activity on one or more of your Ning Networks. Even better, your members can post status updates to your Ning Networks at the same time they post to other services. This is a great way to increase your member engagement.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Testing display ads on a batch of Ning Networks

Last week, we experimented with running display ads on Ning Networks that are using the free service. We had scattered reports of issues relating to the content of the ads not being relevant to some Ning Networks.

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New Features: Appoint Chat Moderators + More Control Over Network Names

Ever since we rolled out the revamped chat feature last February, we’ve heard that Network Creators need more ways to moderate their popular Chat rooms.

We’re happy to announce that moderating your Chat room just became easier. Administrators and Network Creators have been able to moderate Chat for some time — using the “Suspend” feature to suspend members from Chat for a chosen period of hours.

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Now Live: Pick and Choose Your Viral Features

As a Network Creator, you want  to be able to choose the functionality, look and the design of your Ning Network. In the past, that’s only been achievable by adding special CSS or Javascript codes — something that is slow, less effective and has the potential to conflict with future Ning updates.

Today, we’re making it much easier to turn off social sharing and viral features that you don’t feel belong on your Ning Network.

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Jason Rosenthal
Jason Rosenthal

The Future of Social Is Here…

Today is a big day for the Ning team. We’ve just announced that we’ve signed an agreement to be acquired by Glam Media. I couldn’t be more excited about the future for Ning and the massive achievements our combined teams can reach together.

Glam is the leader in vertical media, bringing the world’s brands online through their premium advertising and publishing platforms. By combining Glam’s vision for brands with Ning’s leading position in creating custom social experiences, the two companies will change the way brands intersect with social. Glam + Ning will bring the context and relevancy that brands are looking for in the way they interact with audiences online.

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Devin Sevilla
Devin Sevilla

Introducing Ning Publisher for WordPress

Built on the Ning API, Ning Publisher for WordPress allows WordPress blog posts to be automatically published into your Ning Pro Network’s blog section. This allows you to mirror content from your public WordPress blog inside your Ning Network, so your members can add comments without needing to visit a separate website. You can see this in action on the Brooklyn Art Project network.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Starting Friday: Export a guestlist for your event

In addition to the updates to the profile page layout, starting Friday, Event Creators on Ning Networks will be able to export a list of attendees as a CSV file on your computer. This allows you to create a guest list, print it out and bring it to your physical event. We’ve heard from many of you that this ability would make it easier to turn the events you create on your Ning Network into offline successes, so we’re glad to introduce it!

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Now Live: 3 New Ways to Stop Spam on Ning

It just got a whole lot easier to ensure that only the right people are joining your Ning Network.

As mentioned on this blog two weeks ago, we’ve added three new ways to stop spam and verify your new members. All Network Creators can now take advantage of:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

iPhone automatic redirect back in action

As we mention on the Ning Status Blog, we just brought the iPhone automatic redirect back into action. Now, when you visit your Ning Network from an iPhone, you’ll automatically see the mobile interface.

For more information about this, check out our blog post here. Thanks!

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