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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Article from Mashable: 6 Ways to Use Ning for Business

6 Ways to Use Ning for Business

social-communityDavid Spinks is the Community Manager for Scribnia, where the world's bloggers and columnists are reviewed by their readers. He also blogs at The Spinks Blog about business, careers and professional communities.

There is an almost overwhelming number of options on the social web for businesses to create and participate in communities. You hear a lot about Facebook Fan Pages, Twitter communities, and even LinkedIn Groups; but businesses have another option when looking to build a community online that's often overlooked despite having nearly 40 million users: Ning. Ning allows businesses to create their own off-site social network for their brand's community, and participate in existing conversations with the communities they are looking to engage. Here are 6 ways businesses can put Ning to work.

What is Ning?

Ning, which just announced that they've reached 37 million registered users and 1.6 million social networks, is a web service that allows anyone to create their own branded social network. Networks created on Ning can have sections for videos, photos, chat, music, groups, events, forums, and blogs. Members of your network have their own profile pages, can make friends, send them messages, get email notifications, update status, and install third party apps — basically anything you'd expect from a modern social network.

Ning provides their basic service for free, and offers premium services that allow users to use their own domain name, get more attentive customer support, utilize more storage space, remove ads and remove promotional links.

Creating a social network on Ning or participating in networks already popular on the site are great ways for businesses to add value and connect with potential customers.

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