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Ning For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Manny Hernandez
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Ning is a cool, free social networking platform, and you can learn how to use Ning quickly and easily with Ning For Dummies. If you have a cause to promote or a passion about a topic, here’s how to explore existing networks and interact with others who share your obsession, as well as how to start one of your own.

Begin by joining other networks and participating in groups. Then you’ll find out how to create your own social network, develop your profile, customize your network’s look and feel, set up privacy controls, oversee participation, and manage all the details.

  • Investigate existing networks, see how to join private networks, and manage your profile for privacy
  • Add photos, videos, and music files to existing networks
  • Discover the comment wall, rate items from members, moderate comments on your blog, and respond to events
  • Start a discussion, invite people to an event, or create a group
  • Set up your network, decide if it should be public or private, research the competition, and find your niche
  • Choose a good Web address and learn to monitor traffic with Google Analytics
  • Give your main page character with custom widgets and personalized features

Ning is fun, easy, and free. Ning For Dummies shows you how to plan your network so it stands out from the crowd, manage interaction, include multimedia, and more!


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From the Back Cover

Create a social network on Ning and get the gang together — it's free and easy!

Got a passion about a topic or cause to promote? Ning's the thing! Here's how to explore and join existing networks to interact with others who share your obsession, and how to start one of your own. Learn to plan your network so it stands out from the crowd, set up a profile for your members, manage interaction, include multimedia, and more!

  • Explore Ning — investigate the many existing networks, see how to join private networks, and manage your profile for privacy
  • All about the media — learn how to add photos, videos, and music files to existing networks

  • Communicate — discover the comment wall, rate items from members, moderate comments on your blog, and respond to events

  • Get something going — start a discussion, invite people to an event, or create a group

  • Start networking — set up your network, decide if it should be public or private, research the competition, and find your niche

  • Add the cool stuff — give your main page character with custom widgets and personalized features

  • You'll manage — a lot of things, including members' profile pages; forums, notes, and chats; groups and events; and multimedia

Open the book and find:

  • The author's favorite Ning networks
  • How to protect your privacy

  • What to decide before you start creating your network

  • Tips for choosing a good Web address

  • Ideas for promoting your network

  • How to monitor traffic with Google Analytics

  • Ways to keep members coming back

  • How to use tools like the Language Editor and CSS

About the Author

Manny Hernandez is a former community advocate for Ning. He created TuDiabetes.com and EsTuDiabetes.com, two social networks on Ning for persons touched by diabetes. They both are run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation, a nonprofit organization he also cofounded.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8702 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470453176
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 30, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00263ZLIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a huge help! May 21, 2009
Format:Paperback
Timing couldn't be better for this book to come out. Although my agency has been aware of Ning and are part of a few Ning networks, we've never had the need to build a site on there before. Then a few weeks ago, just as this book came out, a client asked us to put a Ning site together for them. Like I said, perfect timing.

The best part was that 'Ning for Dummies' gave us all the help we needed. It's clear, concise, and makes understanding Ning super easy. I'm not going to lie - I've never been a huge fan of the 'Dummies' series - more often than not, the authors come off like their pandering to morons, and seem more focused on cracking a few jokes than teaching anything of value. So it was refreshing to find that this book was quite the opposite. Hernandez has a good writing style, clearly knows his stuff and has put together an ideal guide for anybody who wants to take full advantage of the growing Ning influence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars community building from basic to advanced July 8, 2009
By C. Bair
Format:Paperback
This book really covers every aspect of building an online community. It's focused on Ning of course, but in addition to the basics (and advanced options) for using Ning it also gets into methods for promoting and building up your network. Given that it is so easy to set up a community site now, those tips are essential. They come from someone who has built a highly successful community himself.

I also like that the book does not just cover basics, but gets into some of the very advanced things you can do, such as customizing communities via CSS. Again, like the promotional advice, this section has information that is valuable whether or not one is using Ning to build a community.

If you're serious about starting an online community, I suggest you give this a read!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am not a programmer, but I can make label edits in HTML, PHP, and CSS files okay. So, when I needed a book to pull together what could be done to customize a Ning network, I ordered this one. It turned out to be little more than a combination of the Help documentation that Ning already provides plus some light discussion of other material readily available on the Web. I returned it to Amazon--a first for me. I later learned that the book's weakness may not have been the fault of the author; after initially giving its users the capacities to customize various files, Ning has packaged some of the customizations (a good) but then reduced the capacity for further ad hoc customization. This may have forced the Dummies editors to remove deeper material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners August 15, 2009
Format:Paperback
I got this book because I was interested in setting up a Ning Network for the non-profit that I work for.

Just like most of the "...For Dummies" series, these books aren't exactly flowing narratives that allow a reader to sit down and read from cover to cover.

I found myself reading a chapter or two, and then logging into Ning and trying things out.

The book was really easy to understand, and starts with the complete basics. The thing that I liked was that the chapters and topics are clearly defined, so you can easily skip entire sections of the book if they are not relevant to what you are trying to do, or if you already have the knowledge.

I'm rating this book high because I was impressed with the content of the book, but I was also blown away by the abilities of Ning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on NING! September 2, 2009
Format:Paperback
Well written, easy to understand. Great guide for getting up and running, and more, on this "instant social network" environment. For anyone who doesn't have the resources to co-locate and hire an admin, NING is a great way to bring like-minded people (in any niche) to the same table. And Hernandez has laid it all out here in a simple, yet detailed, guide.

Michael W. Dean
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory explanation about Ning and social web September 2, 2009
Format:Paperback
Easy to read, to use, to enjoy!

I liked so much this book, usefull to my classroom about cyberculture. My students, here in Brazil, using Ning to create personal networks, create and discussing content to web, advertising and social medias.

I used this book to produce a simple tutorial to my students and their first contact with ning.

Great Book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ning Not Only for Dummies March 14, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the past my experiences with the "For Dummies" books have been wasteful---a waste of money and a waste of time. Until now I have found the books to be little more than descriptions of menus and the author's attempts to be witty. This book, however, by Manny Hernandez is an exception---and outstanding. I have now read the book twice cover to cover. Each time I have learned more.

The writing is clear and focused. The author not only knows Ning well but he has clearly thought deeply about when and if features should be used. My copy of the 342 page book is now highlighted and annotated with comments of "good advice", "try it," and "most helpful." The author has done his homework in suggesting both Mac and PC software add-ons that might be useful. Though I have been using Ning for two years, this book greatly expanded my understanding of how to improve what I am doing (making a private Facebook-like entity for alumni).
In two words, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
David Simpson, Professor of Psychology
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have never read a "Dummies" book before and wasn't interested in starting now. However, as Community Manager for several sites running on Ning, I needed a quick way to learn some of the more obscure features and clear up a lot of confusion I had using the platform (Ning's documentation is sometimes very unclear). As this was the only book about Ning I could find, I reluctantly purchased the book and I am SO thankful I did.

The author breaks down Ning's functionality into organized and easy to read chapters. He gets to the point and cleared things up for me very quickly. Not only does the book cover the nuts and bolts of managing Ning's nuts and bolts, it delves into the grey areas of community management with tips on how to keep your community lively and sections on promoting your community.

I could go on and on about how helpful this book was, but that would take time away from you pressing the "Add to Shopping Cart" button. Go on, press it. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ning for Dummies
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Published on February 23, 2011 by Imgizmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Ning for Dummies educates and inspires
Online social networks have had a profound influence on the lives of millions around the world, as people congregate on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to share snippets about... Read more
Published on October 21, 2009 by Michael A. Stein
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Ning for Dummies is an excellent comprehensive primer on Ning. I had been searching for a great guide to Ning. I previewed many different works and picked this one. Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Greg Vance
3.0 out of 5 stars How to use Ning
"I bought this book recognizing that it may not be on target for what I needed. I was really interested more in the bigger picture issues about Ning. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by Stewart Gandolf
5.0 out of 5 stars You can do it! Creating a social networking site is easy with Ning for...
I have been posting to blogs and networking online for several years now, but I used to think that a person either had to be a web engineering expert or had to pay a techie to... Read more
Published on September 16, 2009 by Jennifer McFarland
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this
This book gives no more information than you can find on the website. I have read many "Dummies" books and this is not at all in the literary caliber. Read more
Published on August 21, 2009 by R. Abramson
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More About the Author

Manny Hernandez is a nonprofit leader, a recognized social media author, and a passionate diabetes advocate who has lived with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) since 2002.

Manny co-founded and heads the Diabetes Hands Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to understand, connect and energize the millions of people living with diabetes, because everyone at Diabetes Hands Foundation believes that no one with diabetes should ever feel alone.

He has published books on social media and health 2.0 and is a frequent speaker at conferences about diabetes, health and social media in events such as World Diabetes Congress (Dubai), AADE, TCOYD, BlogWorld Expo, Health 2.0, ePatient Connections, Nonprofit Technology Conference, Yale Healthcare, SIMO Network, Salud 2.0 Euskadi and Maker Faire.

He has been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR, Fox News Health, Bloomberg News, Diabetes Forecast, Univision, El Pais (Spain) and El Universal (Venezuela) on these topics.

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