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Why Ning Might Outlast Us All

When I think about it, my social media experience began quite young. I wasn’t even a licensed driver when Xanga became a must have for myself and my peers. What I remember of it was great. I knew when Jessica was having a bad day, when Michael was listening to a new CD (remember those?), and when Laura broke up with David (he was a jerk). And while Xanga was great, where is it now? Well it still exists, and still has members, maybe not a thriving membership base, but hey, E for effort. 

My point is, social networking sites have shelf lives. Myspace was hot. It had its time to shine, and now, I challenge you to find someone who uses it as their “home plate” for social media. And while Facebook may be most peoples “home plate,” it has come dangerously close to removing itself from that roll on several occasions. (Recall the uproar over the news feed, and most recently when they tried owning our information indefinitely?)

Enter Ning.com. This site allows you to create your own social media site based around a concept, a cause or an organization. You can make it as exclusive or inclusive as you want, and with minimal time investment, you can produce a site that looks absolutely professional. Ning.com allows you to do everything your normal home plate for social media does, only it puts the reigns in your hands.

Recently in my social media class we were charged with creating our own Ning.com site that would be available to the community in and around the Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting. With a small amount of fumbling, we were completely in business in under and hour. Skeptical? Here it is, the very site we created that day, still thriving.

Ning.com is a great tool, but its just that, a tool. With any website, content is king. Ning.com wont make your site the next Facebook, but with some strategic moves, and good development, you’re gonna be shocked what Ning.com provides.


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Free Social Media Applications for the iPhone

I recently made a new addition to my tech stable. Action Jackson, as I’ve dubbed my iPhone 3G is fresh out of the box and already impressing me constantly. The commercials you see are absolutely right, what makes the iPhone so incredible is the thriving application community. I’m always trying to find a way to stay better connected to my online presence, and after lots of experimentation and shopping around at the App Store, and reading around the net, these are the ones I think you’ll find indispensable.


 Facebook Application for iPhone. This one should be an obvious choice. I tell anyone who is beginning their experience with an online presence to start with Facebook. The app is great, very functional, stable and a really easy way to use Facebook without actually going to the site. You can even upload and take photos through the application, a real must-have.

images Twitterrific. There are a lots of applications for Twitter, I mean tons. You really can’t get better than this application. You can view links that people tweet, add pictures to your tweet, even add a GPS marker. The one draw back to this application is that you can’t choose to follow people through the application or search key words and hash tags. That sound like some serious drawbacks but other applications really lack the functionality this app provides.

wordpress-iphone-app WordPress for iPhone. Got a WordPress blog? You might really find this one useful. Especially for firing off a quick blog entry on the go. The functionality is admittedly limited, that means you wont be changing html code through this app, but you can definitely add photos, save drafts and keep up with the more crucial functions of your WordPress blog through this app.

instapaper_shot2  Instapaper. Ok so this isn’t specifically a social media application, but its all about how you use it. Instapaper is a application and website that allows you to quickly and easily bookmark articles you come across on your main computer and mark them to be pushed to your iPhone for reading at a later time. This is great for catching up on blogs, or reading things you come across while in the middle of another task.

There are hundred of applications being developed that push the familiarity zone of most users. Some use GPS to locate you, and locate friends around you… kinda creepy in my humble opinion. Some use common interest to plug you in with people you ordinarily would never have come in contact with. But these applications are tried and true, established and staples in their field. If your don’t have them, stop what you’re doing (I’ll wait) and go pick them up, heck they are free.

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