What are tags?
Tags are a great way to categorize discussions, photos, and videos by their content. For example, if you start a discussion thread about your favorite summer vacation spots, you may want to tag it as "summer," "vacation" and "suggestions." You can mark an item with as many different tags as you want by clicking the "Tag" button in the toolbar next to the post on the item's detail page. You can delete a tag the same way.
My OMN Page
What is a text box? What can I put in my text box?
A text box is a box to which you can add a variety of content. It's just another way to make your page your own! Simply click the "Edit" button in the top right corner of the text box on your My Page to get started.
How do I add embeddable code to a text box?
Most widget providers will give you "embeddable" code for their widgets. All you need to do is insert the code into the text box and click the save button. You can also embed any Ning network's slideshow, video, or music player widget into a text box. How do I put photos into the text box?
If you're using a browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer, you'll see an image upload icon above every text box. If you're hosting the photo on another site you can link to it here. First grab the URL of the image on another website (right-click the image, go to properties, and copy the URL) Next insert it into tags like this: Your image will now show up.
Where can I pull in videos from?
You can drop in the "embed" code from YouTube, Google, MySpace or any other Network on Ning to the "Add a Video" page.
Click the Videos tab, then the "Add Your Own Video" link. Find the "Add from YouTube or Google" button on the left hand side. You'll land on this screen:
Paste the video's HTML code into the field provided and your video is live!
Right now, there isn't an easy way to get a continuous feed of videos or add videos in bulk from YouTube or other services. That's another feature in the works.
How do I delete a video?
You can delete a video by going to that video's detail page. In the toolbar to the right of the video, you'll see a link to "Delete Video." Click this link.
How do I give a video a title?
When you're uploading a video, you have the option of creating a title and description for it. You can't title someone else's video.
Can I subscribe to a specific member's videos using RSS?
Yes. When you're looking at the member's videos page, click on the RSS link at the bottom of the page, underneath the person's videos.
Can I subscribe using RSS to a network's videos?
Yes. In "Videos Home" under the Videos tab, click on the RSS link in the bottom left of the video box.
How do I share videos I like?
It's easy to share videos you like. Click the "Share" link below the photo. You can copy and paste a link to the video into an email or instant message, email the video using your computer's email client, or log in and have the network send the video for you.
Introduction to Events
The Events feature is a great way to let members know about upcoming conferences, concerts, or workshops. You can invite anyone to join your event, even people who haven't yet joined the network!
Each event can include a description section, a comment wall, and a list of RSVPs. As an event creator, you can choose the event's features and privacy and send a broadcast message to everyone who has been invited to the event based on their RSVP.
How do I RSVP to an event?
To RSVP to an event you've been invited to, head to the Events tab and click on the event you want to RSVP to. On the right side of the page, locate the "Your RSVP" box. Choose your RSVP option. To change your RSVP, simply click the "Change RSVP" link on the Event's page.
How do I create an event?
Creating an event on your network is a great way to let people know about important upcoming events. These events can range from real-life meetups to online chat sessions.
To create an event, go to the Events tab and click the link to "Add an Event." Next, fill in information about your event. Required fields include event name, event image, description, event type, start time, and location. You'll want to upload an image that's roughly square in size. In the "description" field, you can add text, hyperlinks, images, and even files.
If you'd like, you can add an end time, street, city or town, website or map, and phone number for your event.
By default, any event you add to a network will appear as organized by you and will link to your profile page. However you can change who the event is organized by if you'd like in the "Organized By" field.
Don't forget to choose the privacy settings for your event! Anyone can RSVP to a public event, while only invited people can RSVP to private events. However some information about private events will still be visible to all members of your network, including the title, start time, event type, and organizer. You can also choose to disable RSVP altogether or hide the guest list.
Click "Create Event" and your event will be added to the network!
How do I invite people to my event?
To spread the word about your event, invite people to RSVP! You can invite people by typing in email addresses, selecting from your list of friends across Ning, importing your web address book, or importing from an address book application.
To invite people to an event, go to the group's page and click the "Invite More People" link. People will need to join the network in order to join the group.
How do I edit my event information?
You can always make changes to your event once it's been created. You can quickly edit the location or event type from the Event's page, or edit any of the other fields you filled out when creating your event.
If you make changes to your event, you may want to let people who have been invited to the event know. As an event creator, you can opt to send a message to people who are attending, people who might attend, people who haven't yet RSVPed, or people who are not attending.
To update your Event, go to the event's page and locate the "Admin Options" section. To change anything about your event, click the "Edit Event" link. You can change any information about the event, including the privacy level of the event, and even close it to new attendees.
You can send people an update - or a reminder about your event - by returning to the Event's page and clicking the "Send Message to Guests" link.
Can I make my event private?
As the event creator, you can make your event private or public. A private event means that only invited people can RSVP, but some information about the event will be visible to all members of your network on the list of events by date, by type, and by location, as well as on "My Events" for members who have RSVP'd to the event. Private events were implemented to give event creators a choice about who could RSVP, not as hidden or secret events. If you're thinking of making an event, keep in mind that those not invited to a private event will still be able to see it.
How do I send a message to the guests of my event?
You can easily send messages to guests of your event by following these steps:
On the event detail page, look for the "Admin Options" box. Click on "Send Message to Guests." Choose which guests you'd like to send your message to and write your message below. Click "Send" and you're all set!
How do I edit a blog draft? Can I edit a blog post after it has been published?
You can definitely edit your blog entry after you've posted it! Go to your My Page tab. Click the "My Blog" link at the top of the page and then click on "Manage Blog" on the right side of the page. Click "edit" next to the post you want to change. This will bring you to a screen where you can make tweaks to your post.
Drafts will be indicated by a pencil icon in the column next to the post title. Click on the post you would like to edit, and edit away!
Can I see what my blog post will look like before I publish it?
Yes! Click the "Preview" button at the bottom of the post box when you're done writing your post. If you're happy with the way your post looks, make sure to click the "Publish" button at the top of the page. If you want to work on it some more, or save it for later, click the "Back" button to return to the compose page.
Can I subscribe using RSS to a specific member's blog?
Yes! Locate the person's page on the network and find their blog in the middle column. Click the RSS button at the bottom left of their blog. Alternatively, if you go to another member's My Page and click "Blog," you will see an RSS feed link on the right side of the blog. Choose the application you want to subscribe with (the default is Live Bookmarks).
How can I comment on someone else's blog post?
By default, anyone who is logged into and a member of the network can comment on blog posts added to that network. Every person on a network has the power to control who can comment on his or her blog posts.
If the author of the post wants people to comment on his work, a comment box will appear beneath the blog post. You can then comment by typing directly into the box.
How do I manage my blog?
Start at your My Page tab on the network. Click the "My Blog" link. Here you'll see the link to "Manage Blog". You can approve or reject comments, edit drafts or published posts, or delete blog posts.
Can I embed videos from YouTube or Google Video into a blog post?
Absolutely! Just copy the HTML embed code and paste it into your blog post. When you publish your post, anyone will be able to see the video.
Can I show only titles of my blog posts on My Page?
Yep! On your page, click the "Edit" button in the header bar of your blog. You can choose the display setting to show "Titles Only" — which will display the title, time of posting and number of comments — or "Detail View," which shows the same information, along with the beginning of the blog post.
I found a blog post I really like. What's the easiest way to share it with others?
Click the "Share" link that appears at the very end of the post. If you're not a member of the network, you can copy a link to the post into an email or instant message, or email the post using your computer's email client. If you are a member and signed in you can use the network to send the post for you.
Can I add tags to my blog post?
Absolutely! You can add tags to your new blog post when you're writing it. To add tags after you've published a blog post, click the link to "Edit post" and add tags in the "Tag" field.
How do I create a group?
To create a group on a network, you must be signed in as a member of that network.
Go to the network's Groups tab.
Click the link on the right side of the page to "Create a group" on that network.
You must choose a group name, image and Web address. You may also want to write a short description of that group for the group's page — information other network members will see when browsing groups.
Make sure to select the correct privacy option for your group, because once a group is created you can't change the privacy setting.
Choose the features you want your group to have (Comments, Discussion Forum, Text Box, RSS Reader)
Decide if members should be able to send messages to the entire group.
Finally, click "Create Group". Now you are the administrator of this group and start inviting network members to your group!
How do I join a group?
To join a group on a network, you need to be a member of that network. To browse the network's groups, go to the Groups tab. If the group is public, there will be a link in the top right of the page where you can join the group.
Can I create a group if I'm not the network creator?
Yes. To create a group on a network, you just have to be a member of that network.
Who can I invite to be in my group?
You can invite anyone by email address to be in your group. They'll have to join the network the group is in, if they haven't already done so!
How do I delete a group?
You can only delete a group if you are the group's creator, Network Creator, or Administrator. On that group's page:
Click the "Edit This Group's Info" link in the left column under the group logo and description.
Select the "Delete Group" button in the bottom right of the group info box.
You will be asked to confirm your decision. Click "Delete" and wait as your group and all of its content is deleted.
Can I post photos or videos to a group?
Right now, groups don't have their own photo, video, or music sections. You can, however, attach or embed photos to a forum post or add them to the group's text box. You can also embed music players from another network and videos into the group's text box or in a discussion.
Can I send messages to my group's members?
Yes, any member of a group can broadcast a message to that group. Go to the group's page and click "Send message to group."
Can groups be private?
Absolutely. Groups can be public (any member of the network can see the group and post content) or private (only invited network members can see the group and post content). This option is chosen during the setup process, which can be started by clicking on the Groups tab and choosing the "Create a New Group" option.
What are the group privacy options? Can I change them?
Groups can either be open to anyone or open only to people invited to the group. Once a group is created, you cannot change its privacy setting.
Can people be invited to my group by others?
If you left your group open to anyone, any group member can invite others to join. If your group is private but you added group administrators, they can invite more people to join your group.
Can people join my group if I don't invite them?
It depends on your privacy setting. When you created your group, if you left your group open to anyone, the default privacy setting, people don't have to be invited to your group to join it. If you chose the invite-only option, people can only join your group if they are invited to join by you or your group's administrators.
How do I resend invitations to my group?
If you are the creator or admin of a group, you can resend invitations to your group. Go to your group and click on the "Manage Group Members" link. Click on the Invited tab. Check the boxes next to the people you'd like invite to your group again, then click the "Resend Invitation" button.
Can I ban someone from my group?
Yes. Go to your group's page and select "Manage Group Members" on the left column under the group's logo and description. Check the box next to the name of the person you wish to ban, and click the "Ban from Group" button.
What is the 'web address' of my group? Can I change my group's web address?
The web address of your group is the specific website where your group's page can be found. The default web address of any group is http://www.overtone.cc/groups/yourgroupname - but you can choose your group's web address when you create the group. However, once the group is created you can't edit the web address.
Do discussions within a Group Forum appear in the Network Forum?
Nope! Group discussions are contained entirely within that group, and don't appear alongside Network Forum discussions.