My group is a group for a school. Some of the teachers are fairly reluctant users. I am trying to get them into private group that can't be viewed by students and parents. These are the steps that it is taking to get this done:
1. I send a NING invitation
2. They sign up
3. I approve them to join the network
4. I send a friend request
5. They accept friend request
6, I send invitation to private staff group
7, They accept group invitation
8. I approve group membership.
Ok, 8 steps is too many to do for each teacher - especially since three of them need to be done by the teachers. Can anyone give any advice on how to streamline this? Since I am Creator, shouldn't just be able to add them to a private group that I have created?
Can I skip the 'friend' step? Can I send an invitation directly to an e-mail address by just typing it in? I think I've read that on here before but don't see where I can do that. Do I have to import an address book?
Thanks for any help. I inherited this network and am trying to figure it out.
It seems that more and more, Ning customers are outgrowing the "friend" system. It was fine back in the day when Nings were free and were oriented toward social interaction ONLY. Now, there are so many more diverse sites, like yours, like for-profit businesses, etc. For those networks, the friend system is an antiquated dinosaur that seems to HINDER interaction instead of encourage it. I would like to see an OPTION where creators/admins could tick a box in their dashboard, which would give them the ability to automatically add members to groups. It wouldn't really be beneficial to me, but there are so many networks where this seems to be a growing necessity.
But that's beside the point and doesn't answer your question.
YES, you can bypass steps 4-8, provided you are the creator or admin of the whole network. You can invite them individually using the email addresses they signed up with.
Just go to the private group you want to invite them to and click the Invite tab beside the Options tab. There you will be given various way in which you can invite people. Since they won't be your friends, click "None" (right beside "Friends on this network), and then scroll down to the little white envelope, click that, and you can send invites via personal email. You have all of your members email addresses in your member management section. Put the email addresses in the box that pops up and separate them using commas.
Thank you for the tip about using the white envelop icon. That is extremely helpful.
I agree for that the Ning network that I use the friend feature is a hindrance. If I had the option to get rid of it, I certainly would.
You're welcome, and I forgot to say that they will STILL have to follow the link in the email and physically "join" the group.