Coping with Recent Ning Site Changes
Now that these changes are a reality, you as a Ning user may need to adjust.
New Privacy Feature
A new optional Ning feature permits individual sites to hide their members’ affiliations with other Ning sites.
You can still manage your friends on each site. In fact, it is now much simpler to do so than before. However you can no longer manage your friends across Ning sites, nor can you view the other Ning sites to which your friends belong.
Unfortunately I do not have a work around for this. It looks like Ning has plugged the holes, but if I find something, I’ll let you know.
If you want to see all the Ning sites to which you belong, that you can do. Log on to Ning and click on “My Social Networks”.
New Anti-Spam Feature
Another new Ning feature permits individual sites to limit bulk mailing to friends. You can mail to 100 of your friends at a time. If you have many more than 100 friends, this mailing restriction will be somewhat of a nuisance.
You have several options:
- Live with the restriction, as annoying as that might be.
- Participate at sites that have not implemented this restriction — if you can find any. Ning may have plugged this hole too. You can invite friends from one Ning site to join you at another Ning site using the “Invite Your Ning Friends” option.
- Start your own Ning social network. As the site administrator will be able to mail all of your members.
A strategy worth considering is joining many Ning sites and limiting yourself to 100 friends on each. When you exceed the 100 limit, prune away inactive friends and refine your targeting too as you go.
Is Ning Shooting Itself in the Foot?
You must have the ability to mail all your friends if your online social networking strategy is similar to My Online Social Networking Strategy.
I hope Ning isn’t shooting itself in the foot by eliminating group mailing and other features that are useful for serious business networking.
Like MySpace, Ning may learn the hard way that business networkers are a very fickle crowd.
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