As you may have heard, beta testing for Ning Apps are currently underway for a select group of social networks.
Ning Apps is similar to Profile Apps in that they both use OpenSocial APIs to get data about members of a social network, but Ning Apps contain additional views to show functionality at the main page of a social network, along with additional canvas and profile page views. As Ning is unique to other social network containers, there are also some Ning-specific methods and objects specifically geared towards your social network. (And we’ll be adding more of these methods and objects as Ning Apps are further defined.)
To create a development sandbox, use the following URL:
The sole purpose of the sandbox is to test your Ning Apps XML file, not to use this as a permanent social network, and content on these social networks can and will change without notice. Also, do not review any Ning Apps through development sandboxes; the Ning Apps Directory on sandboxes are tied directly into the directory on social networks, so any reviews made through sandboxes will also show up there.
That said, developers can begin reading the Ning Apps documentation, and we plan on adding more examples and tutorials to help developers add additional functionality for social networks everywhere. Stay tuned!