Ning Network Gets A Star Studded Boost From The Collective

Over the last few months celebrities have become something of a currency on the social web as services vie to attract big-name stars (and gather the resulting media coverage and new users in the process). Twitter has garnered the most attention for its roster, which includes celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Oprah. FaceIbook too has been making strides in this area, especially since releasing its redesigned ‘Pages’ that allow celebrities and brands to broadcast their updates to fans.

Another contender in the celebrity hunt is social network platform Ning, which is already home to a number of social networks dedicated to celebrities, politicians, and musicians. Today, the company has announced that it has forged a partnership with The Collective, a management company whose clients include Enrique Iglesias, to create custom networks for a number of The Collective’s biggest clients.

Along with Enrique, Collective clients including comedian Eddie Izzard, and actors John Leguizamo and Taylor Momsen will be deploying their own social networks on the platform. And some clients, including The All American Rejects, Staind, and the Plain White T’s have already launched their own Ning networks as their homepages.

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch spoke with The Collective partner Aaron Ray, who says that while the company’s artists will continue to maintain presences on other networks where appropriate, Ning has offered a greater degree of access to support personnel than other social networks have – clearly the site is going out of its way to foster its relationship with celebrities. But Ning SVP of business operations Jason Rosenthal says that the company is only interested in working with celebrities that will use their Ning networks to truly connect with fans, not just as vanilla corporate celeb properties.

Rosenthal also says that while many celebrities maintain presences across multiple sites, they tend to use Ning as their central hub, with their other profiles serving as satellite ’spokes’ linking back to their social networks. This isn’t surprising given the increased level of control a celebrity has over their Ning network, than say, a Facebook page. But celebrities won’t be dropping the other services any time soon – a Ning network may offer a richer experience, but casual fans are more likely to subscribe to a celebrity’s Twitter feed or Facebook page than they are to join an entirely new social network.


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Wall Fixtures Made Of LEDs & Dandelions

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The Christmas is coming and I have to say that I’ve found the perfect gift, at least for me. It’s called the Fragile Future 2 and it consists of a LED lighting fixture that is custom built and I’m sure that it will look great on my wall. The light sources are made of LEDs and dandelion seed pods which means that you REALLY have to be careful around it.

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It was designed by Lonneke Gordijn from Design Drift, and he says that you can have your LED lighting fixture with 3 to 50 light modules, probably depending on how much money you have. Well, each light module measures 8×12 inches so you should check your walls to see where you can fit the Fragile Future 2.

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10 Examples of Expert Doodles in Website Design

the use of doodles and hand drawn illustrations give an informal, friendly and accessible value to the website as well as giving a fantastic visual addition to the design. Check out this roundup of 30 stylish examples of doodles in web design for your inspiration, and don’t forget SpoonGraphics’ recent hand drawn doodle icons for use in your own projects.

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5 Free Halloween Photoshop Tutorials

In the spirit of the upcoming Halloween celebration we here at The Teachings of Master Den Zuko present this collection of free Halloween-themed Adobe Photoshop tutorials.



Zombie Photoshop Tutorial

Zombifying Mandy Moore in Photoshop

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Photoshop Texturing Basics

This tutorial will show you how to use textures to dramatically change the look of pictures in a few easy steps.

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Halloween Pumpkin Wallpaper in Photoshop

Create Halloween pumpkin wallpaper in Photoshop.

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Halloween Cartoon Hag in Photoshop

Drawing a halloween cartoon – The witch in Photoshop.

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Halloween Pumpkin Wallpaper in Photoshop

Halloween is near! So let’s take a pumpkin image, carve it up, and light it for this coming holiday.

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Web 2.0 News – Ma.gnolia.org is going the way of wordpress

Ma.gnoliaSocial Bookmarking service Ma.gnolia announce today at Gnomedex in Seattle, Wa about an upcoming product released due in September.

The guys at Ma.gnolia are kicking off development of Ma.gnolia 2, or M2 for short. What does that mean? Well, for one, M2 is a ground-up rewrite of Ma.gnolia, re-creating features we love today, taking a second run at what didn’t worked as well as planned, on a distributed, service-based architecture designed to handle the large volumes of data we’ve seen. But even more significant, M2 will be an open source project that can be downloaded to remix and run as your own.

With project goals like:

  • To promote the use and benefits of software features that encourage constructive social interaction.
  • To ensure that Ma.gnolia can survive and remain useful regardless of the status of Gnolia Systems.
  • To create and participate in public and private areas for sharing web-based resources
  • To enrich personal and/or organizational use of the web as a research, discovery, collaboration and publishing tool.

One can be sure that a whole wave of digg-like social bookmarking sites will flood the web. But that is not nessicarly a bad thing if people remember to do what the blogosphere has and diversify enough to it target community base.

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