So I still haven't seen a satisfactory answer to this. My network is a closed one- we all know each other. However, many of our members are not very technologically inclined. So sending them reminders to friend everyone in the network will seem like spam to them.
I understand that Ning doesn't see the need for this but please add a network setting that allows administrators of networks like mine (i.e. private, closed to the outside world and carefully moderated) to set all members as friends with all other members automatically with no explicit action from the members.
A group is not a solution - members still have to join the group and frankly, I find the group emailing capabilities not great once they make the effort to join.
I'm being asked again and again by our members for this. Some are wanting me to find another solution for our online community because they find communicating with each other through Ning so hard.
I'm with Nancy here. As far as joining groups goes, I'm not sure many of my members would be able to figure out the process. (I'm happy when I don't have to walk them through chatting or posting forum discussions.) Ning, please allow all members to be friends with each other at once or allow members to send messages to multiple members at once easily. Thanks.
This is a huge issue for members of my closed network of 50 college professors. They all need to friend each other in order to communicate with the network as a whole. It's been a logistical nightmare, especially since there's no way for them to easily see which members are NOT already their friends! It'd be great if when you click on the "Members" tab, there'd be an indication of who, in the full list of members, is actually your friend. Then, you could simply click on those non-friends, and send them the request. Instead, they have had to manually print off a list of all members, then compare it to their friends list. Understandably, out of 50 members, maybe 12 have actually been willing to go to the trouble.
So our staff has had to spend dozens of hours helping these folks by borrowing their passwords, getting into their accounts and sending friend requests for them. That'd be fine if we had a handful of members, but it's a little crazy to have to do it for 50. There's got to be a better way. This platform would work fine for us if this were not an issue, but I'm fully expecting them to soon request that we dump Ning for something more user friendly.
Thanks for listening.