What are tags?
Tags are a great way to categorize
discussions, photos, and videos by their content. For example, if
you start a discussion thread about your favorite summer vacation
spots, you may want to tag it as "summer," "vacation" and
"suggestions." You can mark an item with as many different tags as
you want by clicking the "Tag" button in the toolbar next to the
post on the item's detail page. You can delete a tag the same
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What is a text box? What can I put in my text box?
A text box is a box to which you can add a variety of content. It's
just another way to make your page your own! Simply click the
"Edit" button in the top right corner of the text box on your My
Page to get started.
How do I add embeddable code to a text box?
providers will give you "embeddable" code for their widgets. All
you need to do is insert the code into the text box and click the
save button. You can also embed any Ning network's slideshow,
video, or music player widget into a text box.
How do I put photos into the text box?
If you're using a
browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer, you'll see an image
upload icon above every text box. If you're hosting the photo on
another site you can link to it here. First grab the URL of the
image on another website (right-click the image, go to properties,
and copy the URL) Next insert it into tags like this: Your image
will now show up.
Where can I pull in videos from?
You can drop in the "embed" code from YouTube, Google, MySpace or
any other Network on Ning to the "Add a Video" page.
Click the Videos tab, then the "Add Your Own Video" link. Find the
"Add from YouTube or Google" button on the left hand side. You'll
land on this screen:
Paste the video's HTML code into the field provided and your video
Right now, there isn't an easy way to get a continuous feed of
videos or add videos in bulk from YouTube or other services. That's
another feature in the works.
How do I upload a video?
You can upload a video by clicking on the Video tab and selecting
"Add a video." You can add videos from your computer, cell phone,
email account, or any service that provides video embed code like
YouTube, Google or each other embedable video widget.
Why does my video say it's "converting"?
After you upload a video, your network will need to convert it to
Flash so that your visitors can watch it without needing to install
any additional software. This process usually takes between 5 and
20 minutes, depending on the length of your video. It might take a
bit longer if a large video is in the queue in front of you.
If your video still hasn't converted after a few hours, please
contact ning, and we'll get to the bottom of it.
How do I delete a video?
You can delete a video by going to that video's detail page. In the
toolbar to the right of the video, you'll see a link to "Delete
Video." Click this link.
How do I give a video a title?
When you're uploading a video, you have the option of creating a
title and description for it. You can't title someone else's
What formats of videos can I upload?
Ning supports .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .avi, .3gp and .wmv video
How do I add a location to my video?
When you upload a video, you will be prompted to add a title and
description. You can also add a location to the video by clicking
on the map to the right or typing a specific address. If you've
already uploaded a video and want to add a location or change the
location, click the "Edit Video" link to the right of the video in
the video detail page.
Can I subscribe to a specific member's videos using RSS?
Yes. When you're looking at the member's videos page, click on the
RSS link at the bottom of the page, underneath the person's
Can I subscribe using RSS to a network's videos?
Yes. In "Videos Home" under the Videos tab, click on the RSS link
in the bottom left of the video box.
How do I share videos I like?
It's easy to share videos you like. Click the "Share" link below
the photo. You can copy and paste a link to the video into an email
or instant message, email the video using your computer's email
client, or log in and have the network send the video for you.
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Introduction to Events
The Events feature is a great way to let members know about
upcoming conferences, concerts, or workshops. You can invite anyone
to join your event, even people who haven't yet joined the
Each event can include a description section, a comment wall, and a
list of RSVPs. As an event creator, you can choose the event's
features and privacy and send a broadcast message to everyone who
has been invited to the event based on their RSVP.
How do I RSVP to an event?
To RSVP to an event you've been invited to, head to the Events tab
and click on the event you want to RSVP to. On the right side of
the page, locate the "Your RSVP" box. Choose your RSVP option. To
change your RSVP, simply click the "Change RSVP" link on the
How do I create an event?
Creating an event on your network is a great way to let people know
about important upcoming events. These events can range from
real-life meetups to online chat sessions.
To create an event, go to the Events tab and click the link to "Add
an Event." Next, fill in information about your event. Required
fields include event name, event image, description, event type,
start time, and location. You'll want to upload an image that's
roughly square in size. In the "description" field, you can add
text, hyperlinks, images, and even files.
If you'd like, you can add an end time, street, city or town,
website or map, and phone number for your event.
By default, any event you add to a network will appear as organized
by you and will link to your profile page. However you can change
who the event is organized by if you'd like in the "Organized By"
Don't forget to choose the privacy settings for your event! Anyone
can RSVP to a public event, while only invited people can RSVP to
private events. However some information about private events will
still be visible to all members of your network, including the
title, start time, event type, and organizer. You can also choose
to disable RSVP altogether or hide the guest list.
Click "Create Event" and your event will be added to the
How do I invite people to my event?
To spread the word about your event, invite people to RSVP! You can
invite people by typing in email addresses, selecting from your
list of friends across Ning, importing your web address book, or
importing from an address book application.
To invite people to an event, go to the group's page and click the
"Invite More People" link. People will need to join the network in
order to join the group.
How do I edit my event information?
You can always make changes to your event once it's been created.
You can quickly edit the location or event type from the Event's
page, or edit any of the other fields you filled out when creating
If you make changes to your event, you may want to let people who
have been invited to the event know. As an event creator, you can
opt to send a message to people who are attending, people who might
attend, people who haven't yet RSVPed, or people who are not
To update your Event, go to the event's page and locate the "Admin
Options" section. To change anything about your event, click the
"Edit Event" link. You can change any information about the event,
including the privacy level of the event, and even close it to new
You can send people an update - or a reminder about your event - by
returning to the Event's page and clicking the "Send Message to
Can I make my event private?
As the event creator, you can make your event private or public. A
private event means that only invited people can RSVP, but some
information about the event will be visible to all members of your
network on the list of events by date, by type, and by location, as
well as on "My Events" for members who have RSVP'd to the event.
Private events were implemented to give event creators a choice
about who could RSVP, not as hidden or secret events. If you're
thinking of making an event, keep in mind that those not invited to
a private event will still be able to see it.
How do I send a message to the guests of my event?
You can easily send messages to guests of your event by following
On the event detail page, look for the "Admin Options" box. Click
on "Send Message to Guests." Choose which guests you'd like to send
your message to and write your message below. Click "Send" and
you're all set!
How do I edit a blog draft? Can I edit a blog post after it has
You can definitely edit your blog entry after you've posted it! Go
to your My Page tab. Click the "My Blog" link at the top of the
page and then click on "Manage Blog" on the right side of the page.
Click "edit" next to the post you want to change. This will bring
you to a screen where you can make tweaks to your post.
Drafts will be indicated by a pencil icon in the column next to the
post title. Click on the post you would like to edit, and edit
Can I see what my blog post will look like before I publish
Yes! Click the "Preview" button at the bottom of the post box when
you're done writing your post. If you're happy with the way your
post looks, make sure to click the "Publish" button at the top of
the page. If you want to work on it some more, or save it for
later, click the "Back" button to return to the compose page.
Can I subscribe using RSS to a specific member's blog?
Yes! Locate the person's page on the network and find their blog in
the middle column. Click the RSS button at the bottom left of their
blog. Alternatively, if you go to another member's My Page and
click "Blog," you will see an RSS feed link on the right side of
the blog. Choose the application you want to subscribe with (the
default is Live Bookmarks).
How can I comment on someone else's blog post?
By default, anyone who is logged into and a member of the network
can comment on blog posts added to that network. Every person on a
network has the power to control who can comment on his or her blog
If the author of the post wants people to comment on his work, a
comment box will appear beneath the blog post. You can then comment
by typing directly into the box.
How do I manage my blog?
Start at your My Page tab on the network. Click the "My Blog" link.
Here you'll see the link to "Manage Blog". You can approve or
reject comments, edit drafts or published posts, or delete blog
Can I embed videos from YouTube or Google Video into a blog
Absolutely! Just copy the HTML embed code and paste it into your
blog post. When you publish your post, anyone will be able to see
Can I show only titles of my blog posts on My Page?
Yep! On your page, click the "Edit" button in the header bar of
your blog. You can choose the display setting to show "Titles Only"
— which will display the title, time of posting and number of
comments — or "Detail View," which shows the same information,
along with the beginning of the blog post.
I found a blog post I really like. What's the easiest way to
share it with others?
Click the "Share" link that appears at the very end of the post. If
you're not a member of the network, you can copy a link to the post
into an email or instant message, or email the post using your
computer's email client. If you are a member and signed in you can
use the network to send the post for you.
Can I add tags to my blog post?
Absolutely! You can add tags to your new blog post when you're
writing it. To add tags after you've published a blog post, click
the link to "Edit post" and add tags in the "Tag" field.
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How do I find the music player?
The music player is located on your My Page on the network, in the
How do I change the order of my songs?
Click the "Edit Playlist" button at the bottom of your player,
which will take you to a page where you can rearrange your songs.
Click "Save" and you'll be returned to your page where your songs
will now appear in the new order!
How do I add music to the music player on My Page?
There are a few ways to add music to your My Page. First, you can
add songs from your computer. Just click on the "Add Music" link at
the bottom of your player, which will take you to a page where you
can upload songs in the mp3 format. Music files for upload should
not exceed 20 MB in size.
Second, if you hear a song you like, either on the main page or
another member's personal page, just click the "Add to My Page"
link, which shows at the top of the music player. That song will be
automatically added to your page.
Finally, if you find a podcast or playlist you like somewhere on
the Internet, you can copy the URL / location, click the "Edit"
button at the top of your player, and paste the URL into the
How many songs can I have in my player?
You can have up to 100 tracks in the music player on your My
What formats of music are supported?
If you want to upload music, it must be in the mp3
You can also link to any song that is located
online. Your network will give you an error message if you try to
upload any format other than mp3. Audio files in the mp3 format are
indicated by a ".mp3" at the end of their title.
Can I have my player automatically start for other people
viewing My Page?
Yes. Click "Edit" at the top of the player and
check the "Autoplay" checkbox.
Can I add album artwork to my song?
Absolutely! After you've uploaded a song, you'll arrive at a page
to "Edit Song Info." Click the button next to "artwork" and upload
the album art from your computer.
You can also add album artwork later by clicking the "Edit
Playlist" link at the bottom of the music player on your page and
clicking "Edit" for the song you want to add artwork to. When
you're done, don't forget to click the "Done" button below the song
information box to save the artwork!
Can I show my music player on my profile page or personal blog
on another site?
Usually, yes! If the other site allows embedding, you can click on
the "View embed code" link at the bottom of player, copy the code
that is shown, and paste it on the external site.
How can I play external songs and podcasts?
You can link to external podcasts to play them on your page.
- Go to the My Page tab on the network and click on the "Add
Music" link in the music player, located in the left column of your
- To the right of the song uploader, you'll see a box to "add
music from any website by pasting in a link to the MP3."
- Click the "Add Music" link, enter the URL of the song or
podcast you want to feature in your playlist, and click the "Add
Songs" button.Next, you can edit your song's information. Be sure
to click the "Done" button!
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How do I add an OpenSocial Application to my profile?
To add an Application, click on the "Add Applications" link that
appears in the left column of your profile page, beneath your
photo. This will take you to the Application Directory, where you
can browse all Applications or view them by category. When you find
an Application that you'd like to add, click on the "Add to My
Page" button and then confirm by clicking "Add Application". The
Application will now appear on your profile!
You can also add other OpenSocial Applications that do not appear
in the Application Directory. To do this, click on the "Add By URL"
link at the top of the Application Directory page. You can enter
the address of any compatible OpenSocial Application and click the
"Add Application" button. After confirming by clicking the "OK"
button, the Application will be added to your profile.
How can I view an OpenSocial Application?
There are three ways you can view an Application. These are the
"About View", the "Profile View", and the "Canvas View".
The About View of an Application tells you a little more about it.
Here, you can view the Application's category, rating, and its
developer. You can check out the Application's rating and reviews,
and add some of your own. You can access the About View via the
Application Directory. To get to the Application Directory, sign in
to a network and click on the "Add Applications" link. While
browsing the Application Directory, click on any application to
view its "About" page.
How can I report an issue with my OpenSocial Application? To
report an issue with an OpenSocial Application on your profile page
or just provide some feedback, check out OpenSocial Application
Support in the Developer Network forum. Here, Application
developers will be able to receive your messages about specific
Applications directly, and respond to them or act on them
accordingly. If you are reporting an issue, be sure to include
precise details and any relevant screenshots.
You can also view an Application right on your profile page, or the
profile page of a friend. From here, you’ll get a snapshot view of
the Application. Depending on the Application, you'll be able to
access some or even all of an Application’s functionality from the
Click “View Application” at the bottom of the Application module to
see the Canvas View. From here, you'll get the full experience of
What are Alerts and who can send them to me?
Alerts are messages sent to you by Applications you or your friends
have added. Just like with messages, you can only receive alerts
from your friends.
You can view your alerts by signing in to a network, and clicking
on the "Alerts" link in the upper right corner.
You'll be taken to the "Alerts" tab in your Message Center, which
will display your Alerts once you receive them.
How can I stop receiving emails about Alerts?
If you want to stop receiving emails about Application Alerts,
opting out of them is easy.
1. Sign in to the network that you're receiving the Alerts from.
Click on the "My Settings" link in the upper right corner of the
2. Click on "Email" in the left column.
3. Uncheck the box next to "Alerts sent via Applications".
You will no longer receive email notifications when an Application
sends you an Alert.
How do I create a group?
To create a group on a network, you must be signed in as a member
of that network.
- Go to the network's Groups tab.
- Click the link on the right side of the page to "Create a
group" on that network.
- You must choose a group name, image and Web address. You may
also want to write a short description of that group for the
group's page — information other network members will see when
- Make sure to select the correct privacy option for your group,
because once a group is created you can't change the privacy
- Choose the features you want your group to have (Comments,
Discussion Forum, Text Box, RSS Reader)
- Decide if members should be able to send messages to the entire
- Finally, click "Create Group". Now you are the administrator of
this group and start inviting network members to your group!
How do I join a group?
To join a group on a network, you need to be a member of that
network. To browse the network's groups, go to the Groups tab. If
the group is public, there will be a link in the top right of the
page where you can join the group.
Can I create a group if I'm not the network creator?
Yes. To create a group on a network, you just have to be a member
of that network.
Who can I invite to be in my group?
You can invite anyone by email address to be in your group. They'll
have to join the network the group is in, if they haven't already
How do I delete a group?
You can only delete a group if you are the group's creator, Network
Creator, or Administrator. On that group's page:
- Click the "Edit This Group's Info" link in the left column
under the group logo and description.
- Select the "Delete Group" button in the bottom right of the
group info box.
- You will be asked to confirm your decision. Click "Delete" and
wait as your group and all of its content is deleted.
Can I post photos, videos, or music to a group?
Right now, groups don't have their own photo, video, or music
sections. You can, however, attach or embed photos to a forum post
or add them to the group's text box. You can also embed music
players from another network and videos into the group's text box
or in a discussion.
Can I send messages to my group's members?
Yes, any member of a group can broadcast a message to that group.
Go to the group's page and click "Send message to group."
Can groups be private?
Absolutely. Groups can be public (any member of the network can see
the group and post content) or private (only invited network
members can see the group and post content). This option is chosen
during the setup process, which can be started by clicking on the
Groups tab and choosing the "Create a New Group" option.
What are the group privacy options? Can I change them?
Groups can either be open to anyone or open only to people invited
to the group. Once a group is created, you cannot change its
Can people be invited to my group by others?
If you left your group open to anyone, any group member can invite
others to join. If your group is private but you added group
administrators, they can invite more people to join your group.
Can people join my group if I don't invite them?
It depends on your privacy setting. When you created your group, if
you left your group open to anyone, the default privacy setting,
people don't have to be invited to your group to join it. If you
chose the invite-only option, people can only join your group if
they are invited to join by you or your group's administrators.
How do I resend invitations to my group?
If you are the creator or admin of a group, you can resend
invitations to your group. Go to your group and click on the
"Manage Group Members" link. Click on the Invited tab. Check the
boxes next to the people you'd like invite to your group again,
then click the "Resend Invitation" button.
Can I ban someone from my group?
Yes. Go to your group's page and select "Manage Group Members" on
the left column under the group's logo and description. Check the
box next to the name of the person you wish to ban, and click the
"Ban from Group" button.
What is the 'web address' of my group? Can I change my group's
The web address of your group is the specific website where your
group's page can be found. The default web address of any group is
- but you can choose your group's web address when you create the
group. However, once the group is created you can't edit the web
Do discussions within a Group Forum appear in the Network
Nope! Group discussions are contained entirely within that group,
and don't appear alongside Network Forum discussions.
questions and answers go to the Ning Help Center.