Maybe it is possible to:
1. Add a refresh button to the newsfeed? It won't auto load new items in the front end until post from back end.
2. Choose small thumbnails on Videos or have them slideshow by?
3. Add a real newsfeed to groups that ties in with the main and profile newsfeed so that group updates are visible instead of a comment box.
4. Update the Ning editor for comment form to add Gifs, smilies, hashtag or special characters and link preview like 2.0 or responsive buddypress activity.
5. Ability again to allow members to change their individual profile, and or group templates.