FEEDLY MAGAZINE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE USING THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN IN THIS DISCUSSION. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT THE EMBEDDED CODE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AGAIN UNTIL SUMMER 2010.
UPDATE #2: August 31, 2010 - Still no word from Feedly about when the embedded code will be available.
Wow! OMGosh, I'm in LOVE! Do not miss out on this awesome Ning App. Have you been chomping at the bit to combine your Latest Activity RSS feeds? Here you go - - the Feedly Ning App.
This is a great tool to utilize, to combine your RSS feeds in one place. And not only does Feedly combine your feeds, per your selection, the Feedly Magazine format, rocks.
I will admit, I had to carefully follow all of Ernie's instructions, here: Learn How To Add Feedly Magazine Using Your RSS Content
but, was it worth it! Feedly is some powerful application, to say the least. I can certainly see why they won the recent Appathon! Hop over and read Ernie's instructions, come back here and find more tips!
Basically, you install the Feedly add-on to your browser, and start adding your selected content (RSS feeds) to your Feedly Magazine. Aside from Ernie's instructions, this is my best advice: Be sure to create a Category, and give it a name, like your Ning Network Name. Then, add your Ning RSS feeds to your new Category.
At first glance, the Feedly.com interface is a little intimidating. Navigate around and experiment. It won't take you long to catch on. I had created a magazine filled with great content, in less than 10 minutes. The key to keeping your Feedly in one place for your Ning Network, is the Category. DO NOT use a Category Title with 2 words and a space, like Ning Directory. This will mess up the URL when you're ready to add to your Ning. Instead use something like: NingDirectory (no spaces).
The finished results seem to be random, which keeps it fresh. I'm still getting comfortable with the app.
Follow Ernie's instructions from the link above. Then, after you've installed Feedly to your Browser, create that category, and start adding those URLs (using "add source"). When you've added all the RSS feeds you want, get ready to grab the embedded code. You can install on your Ning Network via the special Ning App instructions (different than most Ning app installs), or you can install via a new page (see below).
Additionally, here's a great video tutorial offered by the Feedly Team.
How To Add Your Feedly Via a New Page, instead of Ning Apps:
If you want to add your Feedly Magazine to your Ning Network via a new page - - when you get to the point that you grab the embedded code, grab the HTML Widget link, instead of the Ning Widget link. Add the HTML Widget link via an iframe, within a new page. Tip: To create a new page on your Ning Network, go to this link: http://yournetwork.ning.com/page/page/new
Here's the iframe code you'll need for your new page.
I'm still learning how to use it, too. I noticed that I had to create a Category, and add my RSS feeds to the Category, for the embed icon to be available. After the Category is ready, click on the Name in left column, and you will see an embed icon, like on image, below.
You've got to load up the Categories up to at least 7-8 and then it will display the magazine. However I see no option to embed what I've RSS'd onto my site at that point, almost like they're removed that feature.
On the thumbnails, external widget or feeds can only display random images. And that's when an image is used within the individual feed items.
The best luck I've had is with Yahoo Pipes. In fact, I just reinstalled a combination of 3 RSS feeds from blogs and discussions, with feedback from NCs about the Ning announcement. It's a Yahoo Pipe feed that serves up 3 in 1, on the home page.
Yahoo pipes is intimidating at first. But, once you learn how to build the first pipe, it's easy.
Here's a tutorial I just added to the General Tip section. Let me know if I left out any steps. I flew through it, and mostly by memory.