Ok I know this is probably the single most requested feature by Creators to date and let me start out by apologizing for not requesting it with the rest of you back in the early days.
Ning originally envisioned smaller networks 10,000 or less members and back then I agreed. I didn't feel a "Friends Activity" was really necessary as at the time our network was around 5k members and limited to a small geographic region.
A lot has changed since those early days back in 2008. Ning network have evolved into much larger communities including our own, which has gone from a small local network into one of (if not) the worlds largest motorcycle communities with members from over 100+ countries reaching more than 2 million motorcyclist enthusiasts and growing.
So now in 2012 I'm (kicking my self in the butt for not doing so in 2008) putting in my request for a "Friends Activity" feature.
With activity being posted to our network at min of every 2min there is no way anybody can keep up with every single post. And if you only visit the network once a week or even only once a month your probably only checking to see What's Hot (TOP THIS WEEK) or what your friends have been up to, but with out a "Friends Activity" feature this is not possible because a member is not going to go and visit each and every single one of their friends garages (pages).
Same thing applies to me here, I just don't have the time to visit creators as often as I would like and when I do I find my self weeding threw post to read just a handful of members post like Jen, SweetPotato, JFarrow, etc.
I think adding "Friends Activity" to our networks would increase engagement a great deal.
Ning you have already added a "Top News" feature, now don't you think it might be time you add a "Friends Activity" feature too.
good idea + 1000000
Totally agree with this feature and also the profile progression bar, will certainly help my site...let's do it NIng
Can I just ask, without having this feature to 'friend' someone is pretty pointless isn't it? All you get is the ability to direct email them through the site?
should also apply this to Birthdays, because with almost 50k members we have more than 20+ per day and the feature has become pointless to the point that we have removed it