Recently we have been presented with alot of requests for a way to allow visitor interactivity on a website project. The first thing that would come to one’s mind would be a blog OR a forum. Both very good options but one is a little light on true interactivity and the other is so robust you need to have alot of spare time on your hand to get it going, monitor the different categories and such.
We’ve been working on developing a VERY special project that will be announced in the coming months, but the way we are going to incorporate interactivity is through a social network. One we set up, not use through Facebook or MySpace. The community will be set up through Ning.com. It’s a free service and although (like anything else) there are some not so great communities out there, there are some outstanding ones we are looking to for inspiration. Two that come to mind are http://pickensplan.ning.com/ and http://momlogic.ning.com/ . They both are nicely designed using this open source (free) platform.
Give us a call if you’d like to learn more about setting up your own Social Networking Site.