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Using ning

  1. 1. Using Ning Social Networks A beginner’s guide
  2. 2. What’s Ning? <ul><li>Ning is a “social networking” platform that integrates a series of features you may already be using separately </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forum, blog, notes, document sharing, photos, videos and music, RSS… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for individuals, groups, and other organisations </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Web 2.0 <ul><li>The exchange of information and knowledge is a virtuous circle that can only benefit both you and others. </li></ul><ul><li>The loss from being copied is less than the benefit of participating in an open collaborative environment. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the web 2.0 philosophy of which Ning is an example. </li></ul><ul><li>You can nonetheless make groups and items private, when required. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Registering: who are you? <ul><li>While public content is visible to all, you must register to use most features </li></ul><ul><li>You can register as an individual or organisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Express your thoughts as an individual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate official information as an organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both can create groups, announce events, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Your user page <ul><li>The first thing is to create your profile and user page. Select a photo or image to represent you rather than the default one. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Your user page layout <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also add text boxes for a variety of purposes. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Moving in <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>When adding files, don’t forget to add tags (keyword labels that help find resources). </li></ul><ul><li>With a simple mouse-clik, you can also publish to facebook, myspace, etc. for wide diffusion. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is RSS? <ul><li>Also to the left on your user page is an RSS feed: Really Simple Syndication is the best way to automatically distribute web content. </li></ul><ul><li>With RSS you receive constant updates from the source of your choice: your local newspaper, association’s website, blog, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Make connections <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Then look for groups of interest, join discussions, and subscribe to regular updates. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also create your own groups and invite others by importing contact details from your address book. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Your own blog <ul><li>Each Ning user can set up a blog visible from the user page and the Ning blog space. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Discussion Forums <ul><li>Read some running discussions in your Ning network to see which are of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>You can add comments to individual entries or start your own discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to the general discussions on your Ning network, each group has its own discussion forums. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Publicize events <ul><li>The events section allows you to publish information about events relevant to your Ning network. </li></ul><ul><li>Add a logo or photo and a description. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Groups <ul><li>In Ning, every member can create a group based on a common interest, locality or project. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group has its own discussion forum and an RSS box to link to a relevant journal or blog. </li></ul><ul><li>The group description box can also contain links images, and software code. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ning Apps <ul><li>Ning Apps are functional add-ons whose availability is constantly increasing in number. </li></ul><ul><li>Apps are available for everything from gifts for friends to an electronic marketplace. </li></ul><ul><li>You can add your own Apps to your user page. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Summing up <ul><li>This network is built on Ning: a freely available (with advertisements) platform </li></ul><ul><li>Ning allows each user to create and customize their web presence </li></ul><ul><li>It also allows for different forms of group interaction and collaborative work </li></ul><ul><li>The modular structure allows for interoperability with other applications </li></ul>