Ning Social Site Platform

Ning is the world’s largest platform to create powerful, custom social websites. Top organizers, marketers, influencers and activists use Ning to create social experiences that inspire action.

  • Creative Freedom & Control

    Reflect your community’s personality and style, no coding skills required.

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    Make your social website accessible on popular devices or cloud services.

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ThruSocial

Create professional pages and launch social deal campaigns in under 5 minutes

Launch a Social Presence

Design powerful, customized Facebook pages for your business. Use widgets such as PayPal and Videos. No coding required!

Promote your Business

Create custom deals and campaigns that speak to new and existing customers to create a viral effect on Facebook.

Connect with Customers

Easily communicate directly with your customers through social media via the communication manager.

How thruSocial works

View this video to see how you can create a customized Facebook Page for your business or fan page in just a few minutes.

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Strategies For Marketing Your Facebook Fan Page

Strategies For Marketing Your Facebook Fan Page

Aside from a certain ineffable quality which goes with really successful marketing, there are some basic steps and tips which you can follow to get started.


  • Start by sending invites to the friends you already have on Facebook. On your Fan Page, on the left side of the screen is a “Suggest to Friends” link. You can use this feature to send out invitations to people either individually or in groups.

  • Use the Search function on Facebook to find new fans. You can use the “Posts by Everyone” search function to search inside peoples’ posts to discover who is interested in your niche and actively talking about similar products. This is sometimes easier than searching for communities or groups or trying to look through other Fan Pages for new fans.

  • Run an ad campaign. These paid ads appear on the sides of pages based on contextual relevance. You can set whatever kind of daily spending limit you are comfortable with. You can also start and end your campaigns at any time.

  • If you have Twitter, you can use the Facebook Fan Page Twitter Application to post an update and backlink to your Twitter feed time every time you update your Fan Page, automatically!

  • If you have your own website, you should add a Facebook Fan Box Widget which gives people a way to “like” your Fan Page directly from your website or blog.

  • Socialize. This may seem like a given, but to a lot of people it isn’t. You need to interact with people about a wide variety of topics in order to gain their trust and respect.

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Facebook Send Button

The Facebook Send Button

How It Works
The Send button is a social plugin that websites can use to let people send a link to a friend through Facebook Messages, post it to a Group, or email it to an individual. For example, if you see a Mother’s Day gift idea on 1-800-Flowers.com, you can now send a message or email to your family members to discuss. Or say you’re training for a marathon and you come across a great article about running shoes on The Huffington Post. Now you can share it with your entire running group in just one click.

The Send button drives traffic by letting users send a link and a short message to the people that would be most interested. They don’t need to leave the web page they’re on or fill out a long, annoying form. Compared to the alternatives, the Send button has fewer required steps, and it removes the need to look up email addresses by auto-suggesting friends and Groups.

How to Add the Send Button
The Send button can be easily added to existing Like buttons or as a standalone feature. Developers currently using the XFBML Like button can include the send=”true” attribute in their Like button code to generate a combined button, and those using an iFrame version of the Like button will need to upgrade to XFBML to display a Send button. The following code will generate a combined Like and Send button:

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script>
<fb:like href="example.com" show_faces="true" width="450" send="true">
</fb:like>

Developers can add a standalone Send button with the following code:

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script>
<fb:send href="example.com"></fb:send>

Learn more about adding a combined Like and Send button or just the Send button. Also, we strongly recommend using Open Graph meta tags on your web pages to control the title, description and image displayed when people use the Send button.

via The Send Button, Because Sometimes It’s Private – Facebook developers.

Managing Your Apps on Facebook

One of the very basic aspects of running Involver applications is their management on your Facebook fan page. Facebook now lists applications in the left hand sidebar, with the ability to reorder, rename, hide or uninstall them. The video below, from Involver’s Director of Product Marketing, Roland Smart, explains how to reorder applications in your sidebar, and the difference between hiding and uninstalling them. You can also find complete instructions on our documentation site under Managing Involver Applications.

via Managing Your Apps on Facebook.

7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page.

7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page.
Facebook markup language or FBML for short is used in a variety of places within the social network. Anyone who has written any Facebook applications will already be pretty familiar with its tags, and will probably have used it to write data to walls, or share postings with others programmatically. If however you haven’t yet dipped your toe in the water of the Facebook API, or indeed haven’t actually needed to – there are some snippets of FBML which prove to be mighty useful when creating custom Facebook Fan Pages, and can easily and quickly out of the box be used with the FBML widget, which adds an extra much needed layer of customisation to an existing Facebook fan page. The static FBML widget can be added multiple times, and in multiple places (sidebar and tabs) to facilitate this. Once you’ve added it to your page, simply go to “edit page”, then under Applications click “edit” under Static FBML. This will give you the options you need to paste in your code. (more…)

7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page.

7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page.
Facebook markup language or FBML for short is used in a variety of places within the social network. Anyone who has written any Facebook applications will already be pretty familiar with its tags, and will probably have used it to write data to walls, or share postings with others programmatically. If however you haven’t yet dipped your toe in the water of the Facebook API, or indeed haven’t actually needed to – there are some snippets of FBML which prove to be mighty useful when creating custom Facebook Fan Pages, and can easily and quickly out of the box be used with the FBML widget, which adds an extra much needed layer of customisation to an existing Facebook fan page. The static FBML widget can be added multiple times, and in multiple places (sidebar and tabs) to facilitate this. Once you’ve added it to your page, simply go to “edit page”, then under Applications click “edit” under Static FBML. This will give you the options you need to paste in your code. (more…)

Transfer Ownership of a Facebook Iframe Application

When you create a Facebook Developers account and a new iframe application for a custom tab, you are the admin of that application. If the application is for your own page, this isn’t an issue. But, what if you are creating the application for a client? Do they want you to be the admin / owner of the application once the work is complete? Maybe. But leaving control of the application to an outside consultant can potentially lead to problems later.

For example, the Admin has the ability to completely delete the application. They could also post a different page than the one originally created, if they felt the need to be malicious.

I know the people I work with trust me because many of them leave me as admins on their pages even after the work has been completed and even after I recommend to them that they remove my access. Or maybe they don’t trust me and they just aren’t bothering to take the precaution.

Well, you can transfer Admin rights for the application. Here’s how you do it.

The Instructions

  1. Go to the Facebook Developers page.
  2. Click on My Apps.
  3. Locate the app that you want to edit, if you have more than one, and select it.
  4. Click on Edit Settings.
  5. On the About Tab there is a section near the bottom called Manage Users.
  6. You can change the role of the user, remove a user, and a new user.
  7. Obviously, if you are the only user, you don’t want to change your level of access or remove yourself. Then no one will have access to the application.
  8. A new user can be added by typing in a friend’s name into the Add User field. One thing I don’t like about this is that you can only add a friend. I am not usually facebook friends with my clients so in order to add them as a new user to the application, I would have to become friends first. It would be better of you can add a user via an email address.
  9. Another bad feature is that as soon as you select a name, a request is sent without any further approval on your part. When I was first testing this, I selected the wrong name and sent a pending request to someone who has nothing to do with creating Facebook apps. That was fun.
  10. The new user will be considered pending until she accepts the request.
  11. Once the new user is added, you can be removed as the Admin of the application.

As with many features on Facebook, this doesn’t work quite the way we would like it to but at least administration of the application can be transferred to another user.
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How to Make a Facebook Page Tabs With Iframes

Custom Facebook Tab with Iframes

  1. Make a html, php or other type of web page and upload it to your web server. Instead of the code going directly into the Static FBML application the iframe application will be pulling the page you made to Facebook. This page will still need to fit within the Facebook size limit of 520px wide.
  2. Go to the Facebook Developers site.
  3. Create a new app by clicking on the ‘Set Up New App’ button.
  4. Give the app a name. I recommend naming it what you want the name of the tab to be. Agree to the Terms of Service and click on the ‘Create App’ button.
  5. Now for the fun part – the security check with the unreadable captcha. (I despise captchas but I guess that’s a topic for another day.)
  6. You will now be on the About Tab for the new application.

  7. Give the application a description. You can also upload an icon and a logo. I recommend at least using the icon because in the list of tabs on your page, your icon will appear rather than the iframe or static fbml icon. This is all we *have* to fill in on the About Tab.
  8. The next tab we fill out is SUPER important. This is Facebook Integtration.
  9. Canvas URL – fill out the directory where the file you uploaded is located. This DOES NOT include the name of the file. The URL must have a trailing slash. In my exampleit is http://kimwoodbridge.com/facebook2/
  10. Canvas Type – select, you guessed it, iframe.
  11. Iframe size – select auto-resize unless you want ugly scrollbars. Removing the scrollbars completely requires additional steps, which I will be discussing next week.
  12. Tab Name – this is what you want the tab to be called, such as Welcome, About, Contest, etc. The first time I tested this my tab name was ignored and the name of the Application was used, which is why I recommended naming the application what you want the tab to be called. I’m not sure why this happened or if I did something wrong the first time so if someone can clarify this, please let me know.
  13. Tab URL – this is the name of the file you uploaded. In my example it is index.html
  14. Click on Save Changes.
  15. You will now be on the screen with information about your new application. You do not need to submit it to the directory. Actually, you probably don’t want to do this because than anyone could add you custom iframe tab to their page – I don’t know why anyone would want to do this but you just never know.
  16. Click on the link on the right of the application information page that says ‘Application Profile Page’.
  17. You now need to add the application you created to your page. This is like adding any Facebook application, such as Static FBML. Click on the link on the left under the profile image that says ‘Add to My Page’. If you are an admin for multiple pages, you will need to select the correct page to add the new iframe page application to.
  18. Go to your page and you will see the new tab in the list under the page photo and, if you uploaded your own icon, you will see that next to the name of the new iframe page tab.

    Click More> Edit at the bottom of the list and you can move the tab higher up the list but it can’t go higher than Wall and Info.
  19. You can make this the default landing tab by going to Edit Page > Manage Permissions.

Negatives

  1. You will have to make one of these for every custom tab that you want to make – if a page is going to have three custom tabs you will need to make three iframe apps for it.
  2. It is my understanding that if you are not logged into Facebook, you will not be able to see a custom tab created with iframes. This is not good for google searches that were locating our custom Facebook tabs. If I am wrong about this, please let me know.
  3. I have not yet figured out how to use code similar to visible to connection that is used to hide content from people who haven’t liked the page.

Benefits

  1. More code flexibility – pretty much anything that will work on a html page will work on your iframe tab. For example, you can see that I added javascript to mine that shows my last twitter tweet. You can also add a video with the embed code and don’t have to use the fbml code for video. Other scripts and widgets will work too.
  2. You can add your Google analytics tracking code just like you would to any web page!
  3. You could make different pages in advance and quickly swap them out by simply changing the Tab URL in the application settings.
  4. Other? – You tell me.

You can visit the iframe tab I made here. I made a couple of changes to the content but I do need to update the video and make other changes.

If you would like assistance creating iframe tabs or transitioning your current tabs to iframes, please contact me for rates and to get added to my schedule.

read also: Everything You Need To Know About Facebook’s Epic Upgrade To Pages

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