I love to come up with creative solutions to managing and running a network. I feel it is dangerous to think any one design feature is going to change your network or that if my make it look as much as Facebook as possible that this is your secret to success. I tend to focus more on functionality aspects.
There is a reason that Networks on Ning are focused on niche communities. You are expected to create something unique and not just mimic. You have to find your own way and even create the tools that will help you meet that aim. I created this network to share some of the things I have done and hopefully we can inspire each other to gain better control of the steering wheel to our own success.