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How to Invite People to Your Ning Network

5 of 8 in Series: The Essentials of Setting Up a Ning Network

Inviting people to join your Ning network starts with clicking the Invite link on your Ning network's navigation bar. When you click it, you're presented with a series of options:

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  • Import from Web Address Book: When you click this option, a dialog box appears, which you can use to pull all the e-mail addresses that you have in your Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Gmail, or AOL Mail account to conveniently invite them. Enter your e-mail address and password in the appropriate text boxes, and then click the Import Address Book button.

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    After your address book is imported, you can choose among all your imported contacts by selecting the check boxes next to those you want to invite. When you’ve selected the contacts you want to invite, click the Invite button to send the invitations.

  • Enter Email Addresses: You can enter multiple e-mail addresses separated by commas and an optional message for them. After you’ve entered the addresses and the message, click the Send Invitations button.

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  • Invite Friends: This option appears only if you have friends on other Ning networks. When you click this option, your list of friends shows up in a similar way to the contacts from your Web address book, letting you select or deselect check boxes next to them. You can also send an optional message to them. When you’re ready to do so, click the Send Invitations button.

  • Import from Address Book Application: Programs that let you store contact information, such as Microsoft Outlook and Apple Address Book, let you export your contacts.

    You can import your contacts from these kinds of programs by uploading a .csv or a .vcf file, and subsequently invite contacts from the following page, which looks like just the one for the Import from Address Book option.

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