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  • 1. Using Ning Social Networks A beginner’s guide
  • 2. What’s Ning?
    • Ning is a “social networking” platform that integrates a series of features you may already be using separately
      • Forum, blog, notes, document sharing, photos, videos and music, RSS…
      • Suitable for individuals, groups, and other organisations
  • 3. Web 2.0
    • The exchange of information and knowledge is a virtuous circle that can only benefit both you and others.
    • The loss from being copied is less than the benefit of participating in an open collaborative environment.
    • This is the web 2.0 philosophy of which Ning is an example.
    • You can nonetheless make groups and items private, when required.
  • 4. Registering: who are you?
    • While public content is visible to all, you must register to use most features
    • You can register as an individual or organisation
      • Express your thoughts as an individual
      • Communicate official information as an organisation
      • Both can create groups, announce events, etc.
  • 5. Your user page
    • The first thing is to create your profile and user page. Select a photo or image to represent you rather than the default one.
    • You user page lets others know who you are and what you do, so fill in all the profile fields such as your web site and description of your activities.
  • 6. Your user page layout
    • By clicking on Aspect you can change the look of your user page by choosing among the available templates or – if you’re more expert – uploading your own background image and personalising the colours.
    • You can also add text boxes for a variety of purposes.
  • 7. Moving in
    • Like when moving into a new home, the next step is to “furnish” your space. To the left of your user page are options to upload photos, music and video.
    • When adding files, don’t forget to add tags (keyword labels that help find resources).
    • With a simple mouse-clik, you can also publish to facebook, myspace, etc. for wide diffusion.
  • 8. What is RSS?
    • Also to the left on your user page is an RSS feed: Really Simple Syndication is the best way to automatically distribute web content.
    • With RSS you receive constant updates from the source of your choice: your local newspaper, association’s website, blog, etc.
    • Copy the link from the RSS logo on the page of the site you’re interested in, and copy it into the box on your personal page.
  • 9. Make connections
    • Search the network for people you know or who share your interests (see how important your user page is?), and invite them to connect to you.
    • Then look for groups of interest, join discussions, and subscribe to regular updates.
    • You can also create your own groups and invite others by importing contact details from your address book.
  • 10. Your own blog
    • Each Ning user can set up a blog visible from the user page and the Ning blog space.
    • Blog entries can be exported to facebook, myspace and other networks with millions of subscribers. The entry appears with your photo and blog address, making you visible to a wide audience.
  • 11. Discussion Forums
    • Read some running discussions in your Ning network to see which are of interest.
    • You can add comments to individual entries or start your own discussion.
    • In addition to the general discussions on your Ning network, each group has its own discussion forums.
  • 12. Publicize events
    • The events section allows you to publish information about events relevant to your Ning network.
    • Add a logo or photo and a description.
    • The final step is to invite others; you can select from the list of Ning network members or from your email account’s address book.
  • 13. Groups
    • In Ning, every member can create a group based on a common interest, locality or project.
    • Each group has its own discussion forum and an RSS box to link to a relevant journal or blog.
    • The group description box can also contain links images, and software code.
  • 14. Ning Apps
    • Ning Apps are functional add-ons whose availability is constantly increasing in number.
    • Apps are available for everything from gifts for friends to an electronic marketplace.
    • You can add your own Apps to your user page.
  • 15. Summing up
    • This network is built on Ning: a freely available (with advertisements) platform
    • Ning allows each user to create and customize their web presence
    • It also allows for different forms of group interaction and collaborative work
    • The modular structure allows for interoperability with other applications

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