Re: [prbytes] Bleeding edge
- Lois, you might investigate Ning.com
Ning is your own social network and you can incorporate the 'old
school' YouTube, Flickr files that you and your network members use to
build up the site. Ning has many of the same features you would find
in those other communities, but ... it is yours.
There you may develop your own social network specifically targeting
the students/families you wish to reach.
Ning isn't new, but it is well-redesigned and very easy to use.
It incorporates mobile uploading for photos and videos, too.
They offer premium features (for a fee) to turn off ads (or run your
own) and you may even have your own domain like fairfaxkidsart.org
(whatever) or your existing domain. To do both, drop ads and have
your own domain, it is about $25 per month. Quite reasonable,
actually. The reason I suggest dropping ads is because you're dealing
with kids and some of he ads I've seen them running would not be
suitable for your audience.
Watch this video from Robert Scoble featuring Ning.com CEO Gina
Bianchini. It is a demo and will give you the basic tools (although
more features have been added since that video was created). The
video runs 12:31
I'm using Ning for some class projects. My students (Auburn
University) find it intuitive and easy to use. As kids become more
jaded by sites like Facebook and MySpace, I'm guessing that these easy
to build micro-social networks will gain in popularity ... especially
when they are so easy to build. The practice of building the network
seems to aid in developing ownership on their part.
That's my suggestion .. and, no - I'm not associated with Ning in any
way, aside from being a user. :o)
On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM, Kirkpatrick, Lois M.
> I'm planning a marketing campaign for a new initiative involving kids and
> art. Sure, I could put stuff on YouTube and FaceBook and whatnot, but those
> are so Old School. :-)
> What's next?
> Lois Kirkpatrick, Manager
> Marketing & Strategic Analysis
> Office for Children
> Fairfax County Dept. of Family Services
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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