What about on our profile pages. Is there any way to move content boxes around? For instance, putting an RSS feed of my current blog in the place of Ning's blog area, which I won't be using, rather than it getting crammed into the narrow column on the left?
The appearance is very customizable, from the level of the admin on down to individual users' pages - you can remove extraneous stuff, etc (for example, uwebd would probably not need to keep photo sharing functionality).
Now that I've suggested it, though, I'm wondering if this is a tool we really need. I guess the question is, do we want to uwebd to simply be a quick and dirty way to get help or feedback on our projects, or do we want it to be more of a community? And if so, do we really need to be our own social network, or can we leverage existing ones like Facebook?
I would like to make this more of a community. I also feel that niche social networks are the future. While Facebook and LinkedIn attract millions of users, these users have very dissimilar interests and share little in common. They were not built to be flexible. Niche social networks have the potential to allow like-minded people to connect in a much more meaningful way than the larger sites.
I don't really see what a Ning network offers that a Facebook Group wouldn't also, other than another online profile that I have to maintain (though maybe with OpenSocial this will be less of a problem). What are the meaningful ways that this network would allow us all to connect that Facebook et al would not?
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