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Friday, May 13, 2011

Ning Creators Group Weekly Summary of Best Practices in Community Management

A digest of discussions, blog posts, and interesting things found along the way in the past week.


Glass Lovers

They find. They make.



Who's ready for a A More Interactive Main Page? Nick lays out the upcoming improvements to Main Page Interaction. We know many of you are psyched about this one. We are, too.

Who's also ready for some improvements to Groups? Tell Us About Groups Improvements You Want to See.


Kristy was sending her mom a Mother's Day card and found some great, free services that Allow Members to Send eCards.

Milagros Baerga is about to hit a milestone: Our Network Is Approaching 3,000 Members. It's a very pretty site. Well done, Milagros!

TJ @jQueryHelp teaches you How to Highlight a Certain Video. Literally.

Brian Floe: By Request I'm Sharing My Custom Navigation Menu.

JP probably set a tip record this week. Among others, he shows how to Protect Your Email Address with He lists 30 Ways to Optimize Your Site for Speed. Plus, a super fast and simple way to Post Ning Network Activity Feed to Twitter, Then to Your Facebook PageIncrease Membership or Sales by Harnessing the Power of Your Existing Members. He also asks: Are You and Your Members Struggling with Internet Explorer? This Might Help! Whew. That wasn't even all of them.

soaringeagle has a Quick, Easy Tip to Increase Revenue and Have a Cleaner Look at the Same Time. It's all about the two-column layout.

Mark Flockhart has one word for you: Motivation.

Brian K emphasizes The Importance of Proper Tags and Descriptions on Photos.

Speed Racer used the Language Editor to change the name of his members' inbox. It's Not Just an Inbox!.

Deb W. has a great idea about having someone sponsorship her network and wants some advice:Sponsors: How Much to Charge?


What Do You Have to Lose?: "With your ideas, your dreams, your goals, ask yourself what's the worst that can happen? Then take action."

Your Online Community Is Trivial — And That's Why It Matters: "There is always a lot of heavy, meaningful stuff going on in the world. Death, destruction and tragedy and what can be done to help. Chances are, your community isn't really as important as these concerns in the grand scheme of things. But, at the same time, that doesn't mean that every thread needs to be diverted to important issues or that the threads aren't important to someone, just because they may not be important to a lot of people."

How to Build a Free Social Media Monitoring Dashboard: "Do you need a better way to manage the monitoring of your social media? Don't want to spend a lot of money? How about a free alternative?"

11 Processes For Scaling Online Communities: "Some community managers are overwhelmed. They don't have enough time to do all the work. They respond to every e-mail, check every forum post, repurpose news from web sources, maintain the platform, initiate discussions and resolve disputes. This is fine, necessary, work. However, it doesn't scale. One approach to handling this is to prioritise your work. Focus on the important stuff. A better approach is to put processes in place which scale."


Sitting All Day Is Killing You

We hope you've found that this Best of the Week digest worth standing up for!

Ralph Paglia
Vice President

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