Outstanding Friend Request Restrictions on the Ning Network

While making friend requests some time ago, I received a message that read, “You have reached the maximum limit of 50 outstanding friend requests.” Initially, that message confused me, since I thought I had only made a few requests. After some exploration, I found the answer.

My site is MakinMusicNY.com. It isn't a stand alone website. The great interactive features there would be difficult to build into a static website. Rather it is a social network (like Facebook or MySpace) under a larger umbrella called Ning. Ning is a huge family of social networking sites focused primarily on social networking. Here, you can make new friends, discuss special interests, and promote your favorite events. You can network with people all over the world from the comfort and privacy of your home, any time of day or night.

Perhaps without being aware, you are a member of two or more other social networks within Ning. In my recent newsletter, I introduced JaiJai Jackson as a collaborator. She owns the "Jazz Network Worldwide," which is also a Ning site. You may belong to her site or others that have a similar focus. My focus is music in the NY/NJ area. Hers is jazz internationally. Ning sites are very diverse; covering many other topics beside music.

In any case, if you’ve received the friend restriction notice, you probably belong to two or more sites in the Ning network. Coincidentally, if you do, you need to use the same password every time you sign up using the same Email address. (another potential source of confusion).

Whenever you host an interactive site, you must take care to keep things under control. I constantly watch my site for any signs of abuse. I value my members and protect them from spammers or other types of antisocial behavior. Some Ning sites are not as careful. Instead of paying attention, they implement controls that may also inhibit those behaviors. I do like those controls very much because they also inhibit good interaction. Controls may include turning off the ability to send messages to members unless they are friends.

Layered on top of that is Ning's restriction of 50 outstanding friend requests. Once again, that is in place to minimize annoying messages by spammers. I guess they assume that if someone sends out a bunch of requests that aren't being accepted, they may be up to something. I've joined sites where they don't watch & have gotten invites from fictitious vixens inviting me to their Web Cams!

Now that I've given you the background, the simple answer is that you've probably made friend requests in more than one Ning site and that many have remained unanswered. Here's an easy way to expunge unanswered requests:

  • ~Sign in as you would on my site.


  • Click on "Friends" at the upper right.
  • Click on "Requests Sent."
  • Review the pending requests & withdraw requests that have been pending for a long time.

That will clear the log-jam & allow you to make additional requests.

Good luck,

Mike Stokes

http://www.makinmusicny.com/profile/MichaelStokes

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