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.
Any word from Ning about putting this on the roadmap? It really is needed by the larger networks.
Without it people quit frequenting the site because they simply cannot keep track of what their friends are doing in an easy way. So our membership numbers grow but the activity/pageviews don't keep up. The sites are just too big and tough to wrap your mind around.
A "friend activity" feed would go a long way to solving this. Please implement this Ning. Thx!
Friend Activity is the way to go. I back this 100% and it's one of my greatest desires for my roleplay social network.
I agree. This is one way that Ning sites do not scale. At some point, people don't want to see the latest activity for 20,000 other people, they want to be able to see the latest activity for their 57 friends in one click.
Yes, keep the Latest Activity feed as it is, but add a link to "Friend Activity".
PS. Pretty please Ning? You do realize that the lack of this very feature was mentioned as a reason why BikerPost.com left Ning to no run a SocialEngine site. Doesn't that say something to you? How many more big Ning sites have to leave because certain Ning features don't scale?
I need this Bad!!!
Any news on this?