Update: Please provide feedback on how popping out chat should work, asked here.
If you've looked at the Ning product roadmap recently, you've noticed that some Chat improvements are on the way. We've started to work on Chat, and wanted to share what we have in mind and get Network Creators an early chance to share their feedback.
The biggest changes we have planned are:
Here is today's Flash-based chat:
And here's what Chat might look like (click on the image to see it bigger):
There's a lot to process in looking at this new design, and there have been a ton of discussions on Creators about Chat. We want your feedback, though, about the overall design and functionality.
A few of big questions have come up that we want to pose to you:
We'd love your feedback on these issues, as we start to develop chat. Down the road, we'll get into more specific feature additions, but for now, I'd like to keep this discussion focused on the big design/behavior issues I've raised above.
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Patricia, not sure if you know, but you can add the TokBox Video/Voice chat to your network. While its not in the GROUP Chat, I put it on mine for members to talk/video with each other and it seems to work fine.
thanks robert. i have the blendapps. video /voice - was just hoping for something built in to the network. is your site open to all? can you share it? Id love to ck it out.
We haven't fully launched/promoted the site yet as I'm still working on some aspect, but you can log in using the tour member log-in:
There are several options under the navigation TABS that include additional options. As well, would love your feedback on the site so far. Thanks. Semper Fi ~ Rob
Fantastic!! Thanks Ning! A much needed product for my site.
Do you have to be friends to talk to people on the network? Its just Im an admin on a roleplaying site, and have a lot of people who dont add us as their friends and group chat is needed.
Depends on how you have the groups privacy settings adjusted. I have mine so that only people who are friends can see comments, interact, chat, etc
Oh thats good, then cause we need that all members can talk to one another
This is so great!!!!
Out of curiosity, being new and still evaluating this platform... is this something we will need to ADD to our site or will it automatically replace the existing chat platform? And I just GOTTA throw this in... PLEASE tell me they are working on increasing the 140 char limits to 500 or 750 char? PA--LEEEESE! LOL! Of all the features on various sites, I really enjoy the Ning network best by far except for that ONE LITTLE pesky issue. Semper Fi,
I am excited! Here is my feedback:
- Make it more obvious when someone has posted a message if the visitor has sound off. Currently the flashing icon is barely even noticeable, so replies don't occur that often, unless the user knows the chat is there (and many don't). Maybe flash the whole chat bar, or a much bigger part of it?
- Allow us to customize the size and wording of the chat bar, and also the color and size of the chat bar.
- Add more customizable options in the chat bar, in particular to include social sharing and networking options (like to share on facebook or join the fan page). wibiya.com toolbar has great options for this.
As a teacher, I would love an option to turn off private chat, at least during the school day as many students do that during class and I can't track it.
will this be available for mini ning members? thanks