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Here is a way to IM and chat with Members on your Sandbox sites!
As we try out Ning 3.0 to become familiar with the new platform, Ning has allowed us to have a free sandbox account for 6 months. We are allowed up to 5 members so our partners and admins can work together on the upgrade. But there is no chat feature yet in Ning 3.0 which would be helpful as we are on there with others trying to work together. Even if Ning adds chat into the Ning 3.0 platform, I imagine there will be no IM.
I just ported my popular I-Ming app to Ning 3.0 and you can use it to Instant Message other members on your Ning 3.0 site as you work together to modify your new sites and test things out. The price for the app for the "old" Ning was $150 - but I am deeply discounting it for Ning 3.0.
Here's the deal. For a fee of just $25, you will be able to use the I-Ming IM app on your new Ning 3.0 sandbox account for 6 months. In 6 month's time, I imagine Ning may have chat ready for Ning 3.0 and you can decide to go with Ning chat and/or buy the I-Ming outright for a price that I haven't decided on yet. :-)
If you want to try I-Ming, come chat with me on my site - http://jqueryhelp.ning.com or my new Ning 3.0 site http://jqueryhelp3.ning.com Most of the elements of the app can be altered with CSS so it will match the style of your site.
Any questions, just ask! :-)
Thanks and best wishes,
Have you added a discussion for your Smileys on 3.0?
Thanks for testing my IM for Ning 3.0 on my site. It helped me to find a bug and fix it.