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w00t! It's here! What we've been working on for the last few months has been released. What is it? The Ningbar! It's been a fantastic effort by the whole team and now it's finally out. (Seen, for example, in the screenshot above on Ning Bookmarks).

So what is it? One of the aspects on which we received most feedback from developers was in terms of control of page layout and system services, in particular the sidebar (a 227px wide div that used to sit to the right of the page). The Ningbar not only improves the system services but also makes them unobtrusive and yet within quick reach. But there's more! As we've always done, the Ningbar is fully programmable. Javascript and new REST APIs provide total control to developers looking to customize the user experience on Ning.

For users, there's not only the improved user experience but also cool new features: a built-in, system-wide social network, messaging, contact import, more, simpler customization for apps, and lots of other small and big things that pave the way for even cooler things to come.

And back to developers: now you don't have to build your own social network features. The Ning platform provides them for you, with a fully customizable UI. How's that for advanced web APIs?

I'm really jazzed about this release and what it means for us. Go check it out if you can!

Brian here has more, and there's a great overview by Gina on the Ning blog.


Categories: ning
Posted by diego on June 24 2006 at 2:25 PM

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