Start Your Own Social Networking Site in Minutes with Ning

Start Your Own Social Networking Site in Minutes with Ning

MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn are the most talked about social networks on the Internet with millions of users around the world.

While LinkedIn is about promoting your professional career, MySpace and Facebook are more for fun or to connect with friends.

Then there are currently other “special” social networks such as Twitter for tracking.

MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn are the most talked about social networks on the Internet with millions of users around the world.

While LinkedIn is about promoting your professional career, MySpace and Facebook are more fun to connect with or to friends.

Then there are other “special” social networks like Twitter, to share current activities of your friends, to share Flickr photo, last.fm for music and YouTube for video.

Now if you do not want to become part of these large size social networks or find an online community that matches your interests, you only need Ning (“peace” in Chinese).

Unlike MySpace or Facebook, Ning is not a social network – it’s a platform where anyone can create their own social networking site for free.

And you do not need to create a personal social network at Ning – if you know how to register for a new email address in Yahoo! Mail, you will not have any problems with Ning mastering.

To begin, search 220,000+ social networks on Ning and join the communities that match your interests – Chat with members and once you rest, launch your simple social network (see example) In some simple steps.

Give your social network a name (say “Indian Premier League Fans”), choose memorable web-address (like ipl.ning.com) and you’re almost done.

You can add keywords (like cricket, IPL, 20-20 cricket etc.) to make it easier for other IPL fans to find your social network on the web.

Ning also offers you easy-to-use web templates to customize the look-on-feeling of your social network. You can add other interactive features to your social network such as blogs, discussion forums, photo galleries, videos, RSS feeds, events etc.

Members, who are part of your social network, can upload their photos or import them from flickr.

Is the case with the video; Video files (up to 100MB each) can be uploaded from the desktop or anyone can directly embed videos from YouTube / Google Video.

People who join your social network will also be able to become friends and friends.

You can make the community public (anyone can join) or private (open only by invitation).

The latter setting is recommended if you are connecting with the closed circle of friends and family but in our previous example of a public community “cricket fans” it is more understandable.

You can integrate Google Analytics with your social network, to find out how people are searching for your ning community and what are the more popular among the crowd. It is almost impossible to get this type of data from other popular social sites like MySpace or Facebook.

While Ning is completely free, they will display advertisements from Google AdSense on all your pages to cover the cost.

If your social network becomes popular on the internet, you can upgrade to the premium version of Ning, which allows you to generate revenue by running your ads on the network.

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