We’re happy to announce that Ning Networks are now supported in the all-new Seesmic Desktop 2 product. If you’re not familiar with Seesmic Desktop, it’s an application that allows you to follow activity across multiple social networking services and post status updates from one easy-to-use location. In addition to keeping your finger on the pulse of your Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz accounts, you and your members will now be able to monitor activity on one or more of your Ning Networks. Even better, your members can post status updates to your Ning Networks at the same time they post to other services. This is a great way to increase your member engagement.
Seesmic is the first launch partner for our new "Ning Network Extensions" program. These extensions allow external applications to interact with Ning Network content, and provide additional functionality for Network Creators and their members. Stay tuned, as we'll be adding more partners in the coming months.
More About Seesmic Desktop:
Which networks can use it, and how is it activated?
The integration is available to all Ning Plus and Ning Pro networks. If a Network Creator would like to enable the functionality, they can simply activate Seesmic support via the new "Network Extensions" area of their "My Network" page. They can then instruct their members to install Seesmic Desktop 2 and add the Ning plug-in.
What type of operating system is required?
Seesmic Desktop 2 is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
What network activity is displayed in Seesmic Desktop?
The first version of the Ning plug-in will keep members updated every minute for the following activity items on your network (with more items to come in future versions):
- Status updates
- New photos
- Comments on photos
- New blog posts
- Comments on blog posts
- New members
- Comments on member profiles
The plug-in also respects each network's Latest Activity settings. For example, if a Network Creator has chosen not to display status updates in their Main Page Latest Activity feed, status updates will not appear in the Seesmic stream.
Can multiple Ning Networks be added? What about private networks?
Yes and yes. Seesmic Desktop is a great way to easily follow activity across multiple Ning Networks (including private networks).
Can status messages be posted via Seesmic Desktop?
Absolutely. Not only can status updates be posted to a single Ning Network, but members can easily post a new status message across multiple Ning Networks at once (as well as to other services like Twitter and Facebook).
How can I tell my members about Seesmic?
Once you enable Seesmic on your network (see above), let your members know how to get started with this boilerplate language we've created. You can edit it to suit your purposes — or just copy, paste, and broadcast.