Ning: Phoenix or Fizzle?

Amy Sample Ward

Earlier this year, Ning announced that it would be dropping 40% of it’s staff and dropping the free service which came as a shock to much of the community, including author of the Ning for Dummies book Manny Hernandez and spurring many forums and blogs to create lists of Ning alternatives that were still free. As all of these posts mention, the underlying issue here isn’t whether Ning was the best tool on the Web or not, in face it has nothing to do with that.

Ning saying no to free networks

Amy Sample Ward

As someone that has helped others to create, and has created many networks on the Ning platform, yesterday’s news that the company would be dropping 40% of it’s staff and dropping the free service was incredibly alarming. The news from Jason Rosenthal, Ning’s CEO, stated: My main conclusion is that we need to double down on our premium services business. Please join me in signing this Change.org petition to keep Ning free for nonprofit and education use.

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From Ning to Causes to Ideablob: Why We Need a New Way of Building

Amy Sample Ward

Now, with the recent news from Ning that it plans to discontinue free service, I am revisiting those thoughts about “what’s really needed?&# Tags: community issues causes community management free ideablob ning open Last November we saw a few alarming events taking place in this social media for social good sector: Causes left Myspace and Ideablob shut down , both without warning or community support.

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Ning for Dummies Book Giveaway

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My colleague, Manny Hernandez, has written the "Ning for Dummies Book." . For anyone who works in nonprofits and wants to know the secrets to success of setting up and running a "branded" social network on Ning, Manny's book is your best resource. Here's the deal: Leave a comment describing why you want create a Ning site for your community, your goals, and how you will measure success or if you have an existing Ning site how you want to improve it.

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How to Backup Your Ning Network Content

Wild Apricot

Recent changes in Ning’s business model (see News & Views About Change for updates) have Network Creators wondering whether to pay to keep hosting their online communities on the Ning platform, or to start looking at alternatives. Tags: Non-profit technology General non-profit interest nptech online community Blogging Social networking membership database websites Membership management data backup open source software content Ning

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Free Alternatives to Ning

Influence

Ning , the leading free social media platform provider has recently lost not only its CEO, but also about 40 percent of its workforce. Freshly-appointed CEO Jason Rosenthal posted last week , Ning will now "double down on our premium services business." " Where does that leave those of us who need a free-for-use Ning alternative? The following were both collaboratively edited by dozens of people across the internet: Alternatives to Ning Spreadsheet.

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The Cost of Free Technology for Nonprofits: Thoughts On Ning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, Ning, announced a complete end to free services for its users. Manny Hernandez, author of Ning for Dummies, nonprofit social media consultant, and organizer of two of the most successful nonprofit communities ( Tudiabetes and Estudiabetes ) on Ning, offered his two cents to the new CEO of Ning. He is concerned about the small nonprofits and grassroots groups that will not be able to stick with Ning because of cost. Photo by Eurleif.

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The Ning Effect

Beaconfire Wire

This week, the online community of online communities was shaken by the April 16 th announcement by that the online networking company, Ning, would be phasing out its free product. Ning had cornered the market for building online communities in a fast and easy way. But now, if your non-profit has its community data in a free Ning product, Ning has just become a nightmare.

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Teens 4 Planet Earth Moves to Ning

Beaconfire Wire

Recently, we relaunched an environmentally focused service learning program for the Wildlife Conservation Society on the Ning community platform. on Ning after beginning its life as a typical minisite some years ago. For this client and project, Ning was a perfect choice, offering both the out of the box community features that a teen audience would expect with enough customization to satisfy the needs of the organization.

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Facebook + Ning for Social Change

Social Actions

In this article, we lay out three scenarios for how your social change initiative can combine the critical mass of Facebook with the community-building tools of Ning. For anyone following the evolution of social media for social change, the emergence of Facebook and Ning as complementary tools for engaging people in making a difference is quite exciting. Ning, on the other hand, offers all of the benefits of a private getaway with your closest friends.

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Let's Connect: Twitter, Facebook, Ning & Podcasts

Have Fun - Do Good

Changeblogger Ning Network I've also set up a Ning network for Changebloggers, people who use their blogs, podcasts and vlogs to make positive change. Hello Have Fun * Do Gooders! I'm back from a relaxing vacation and feeling energized. One of the things I wanted to share with you is other places that we can connect online: Twitter I get lots of requests to post about things, but don't always have time so lots of times I "tweet" links to stuff.

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Ning for Dummies and Me 2.0 Book Winners

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I finally got a chance to meet Manny Hernandez, author written the " Ning for Dummies Book." He is founder of The Diabetes Hands Foundation, a non profit that operates two niche social networks for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes (in English, with close to 8,200 members) and EsTuDiabetes. You had to leave a comment indicating your goals, audience, and how you'd measure success of your Ning Community on this post which also includes a round up of Ning resources.

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Andy Carvin Sets Up Gustav Information Center on Ning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Andy Carvin launched the Gustav Information Center on Ning, and through social networks, word is spreading fast - the hash tag #gustav is being used. Photo by Corburn. Home Depot already using the tag to update on stories in the Hurricane???s s path. hat tip Tom Watson ). As we wait for Gustav to hit, Tom Watson gives us reflection about social media and Katrina -- How will the use of social media and with Gustav may it different this time

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Changeblogger Ning Group, Meetup, Meme and Wiki

Have Fun - Do Good

Changeblogger Ning social network to connect with other changebloggers. In early May, I wrote a post asking all of you for suggestions for "changebloggers," people who are using their blog, podcast or vlog to raise awareness, to build community, and/or to facilitate readers/listeners/viewers' taking action to make the world a better place.

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We Just Featured Social Actions on the Ning Blog!

Social Actions

Social Actions was just featured on the Ning Blog

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We Just Featured Social Actions on the Ning Blog!

Social Actions

Social Actions was just featured on the Ning Blog

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Nonprofits Using Ning: An Interview with Community Media Workshop and Best Practices

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week for WeAreMedia project, I put a call on Twitter for case studies, best practices, and links about nonprofits using social networking sites, including Ning. Ning, which lets you set up your own custom social network, has attracted attention for its ability to create communities that are more functional than those created through competing services from Google and Yahoo listservs. Nonprofits, support groups, and nonprofit professionals have found their homes on Ning.

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Free Webinar: Using Ning to Connect with Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

Ning is a powerful tool that allows you to not only create a dynamic, easy to update website, but its functionality allows your community to create accounts, share information, connect with you and other people in your community and work collaboratively. Kami Griffiths will interview Manny Hernandez, author of Ning For Dummies who will give an overview of Ning and how it is being used by several organizations. The Internet is a great tool for communicating and connecting.

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Ning/Social Networking Expert Needed for My Pops

Have Fun - Do Good

I have a personal request for all you Ning and social networking experts out there. They are using Ning to build a social network and need some help setting it up to meet their needs, for example, they'd like to incorporate LinkedIn on the site. I just sent them Jusin Perkins of Care2's ROI Calcualator for Social Networking , but I'm not enough of a Ning expert to be of more help than that. You can see what they have so far on Ning here and their wiki here.

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New on SSIR: How Our Tools Define “Community”

Amy Sample Ward

—– I’ve talked about issues and ideas over the last year about the use of certain tools or platforms in the social technology for social impact sector, from Causes to Ideablob to Ning. The number of fans on your facebook page is one of the core features on the landing page, the number of Ning network members is the same, and again with Twitter, etc. Tags: community otherblogs causes community building ideablob ning ssir tools

Sneak Peek -- Revamped Social Actions Ning Network Launching on Friday

Social Actions

Later this week, Social Actions will be rolling out a number of enhancements to our Ning network. Using Ning's language editor, we have re-purposed the 'Forum' as a place to post actions people can take on the issues they care about. We have improved the footer, sidebar, and header of the Social Actions Ning network. The new Social Actions Ning network includes a search form for finding actions, links to our share actions pages , and the same footer as our main website.

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Sneak Peek -- Revamped Social Actions Ning Network Launching on Friday

Social Actions

Later this week, Social Actions will be rolling out a number of enhancements to our Ning network. Using Ning's language editor, we have re-purposed the 'Forum' as a place to post actions people can take on the issues they care about. We have improved the footer, sidebar, and header of the Social Actions Ning network. The new Social Actions Ning network includes a search form for finding actions, links to our share actions pages , and the same footer as our main website.

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Top 5 Ways You Can Use Facebook and Ning for Social Change

Social Actions

In this article, we highlight five ways to use Facebook and Ning, and then feature a few social media success stories that leverage one or both platforms. Become a fan of Social Actions >> Ning. Social Actions maintains a Ning-powered branded social network called My Social Actions. TeleCentre.org - Uses Ning to communicate with a global nonprofit network in English, French and Spanish.

What OpenSocial Means

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Marc Andreessen, who is, of late, connected to Ning, has a great blog entry with details. Google has a number of partners, including social network sites like LinkedIn, Friendster and Ning, as well as Salesforce, which does have very interesting implications given the increasing use of Salesforce in the nonprofit sector. Ning, which is the social network of social networks, could end up being a very important player here.

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All Change the Web Conversation Transcripts - Facebook, Mozilla, Convio Open, iPhone, Twitter, OpenSocial, and Ning - For Good!

Social Actions

Jay Parikh, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Ning + Secretary, OpenSocial Foundation. Ning for Nonprofits - Check out the Transcript ! Featured Guests: Manny Hernandez, Author of Ning for Dummies , President of Diabetes Hands Foundation. Athena Von Oech, Vice President of Community Management at Ning.

Betting the Farm

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Countless nonprofits flocked to Ning to create social networks. But now that Ning isn’t free anymore , I’m going to carp some. Or is it free because it is a start up in search for a business model (Ning)? There is an effort afloat to get Ning to make nonprofit and educational accounts free. And even if they do, there is no guarantee that Ning will even survive.

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See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » New York Times Deathwatch

See What's Out There

Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape, Ning and an internet thinker (and billionaire), wrote a post today on his blog called Inaugurating the New York Times Deathwatch.

My Social Actions - is it yours, too?

Amy Sample Ward

Social Actions , the platform that makes it easy for individuals and organizations to share actions across the web, has just launched it’s Ning-powered social network: My.SocialActions. It’s built on Ning, so it has some features you’re probably familiar with, too. The social network side of Social Actions is an exciting venture - it’s a way to make actions more personal and track the actions your participate in or start.

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Donor Data Management Dictionary

3rd Sector Labs

Cleaning / cleansing – [KLEE-ning] / [KLEN-zing], noun. Every nonprofit needs a data management plan, especially for their donor data. The plan needs to address a variety of topics, such as data hygiene and enrichment , data usage in various communications activities , input/output management, and more.

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The value of social networks for non-profits and for-profits discussed on the Diane Rehm show on NPR

SocialFish

Image via Wikipedia Diane Rehm on NPR yesterday talked to Gina Bianchini, co-founder of Ning , Andy Carvin of NPR New Media and Josh Bernoff, co-author with Charlene Li of the new book Groundswell: Winning in a World Trasnformed by Social Media (reviewed by Lindy Dreyer here ).

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Listen First! Finding Networks and Connections in Social Media

Amy Sample Ward

Ning/Yahoo/Google. Notes from the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference for: Who : Speakers: Susan Tenby | TechSoup Global; Janet Fouts; Kira Marchenese. What : An important part of your social media strategy should be listening for people and organizations who are talking about the issues you want to discuss.How do you know which networks will be most effective to reach your goals? Listen first and discover where the conversations are!

Cracking the Boys Club in Web 2.0: Ten Women Pioneers of Web 2.0

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gina Bianchini, CEO and Founder of Ning. Allyson Kapin has a post on the Huffington Post called Cracking the Boys Club that shares her top 10 women pioneers of Web 2.0. I'm honored to be on the list along with some awesome women. Mary Hodder, Founder of Dabble.com and VP of Product Development, Apisphere. Tara Hunt, Co-Founder Citizen Agency and Citizen Space. Sandy Jen, Co-Founder of Meeboo. Lynne D. Johnson, Director of Social Media, Fast Company. Charlene Li, Consultant and Blogger.

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External, alienated, busy-busy

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Although it likely won’t be on too many up-to-the-minute news items (like the recent Ning Thing) because I’ll be paying less attention to those goings on, and more attention to other, deeper things. As you might know, almost a year ago, I made a big change in my use of social media – I segregated my social graph – work related stuff moved to LinkedIn and Twitter, and personal friends only on Facebook.

Women Who Tech Conference: Social Media Hot or Not? My Slides

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

| View | Upload your own. Later today, I am speaking on a panel at the WomenWhoTech Conference. Web 2.0: Hot Or Not? 5:15 PM EST Twitter! Facebook! Panelists share their opinions on the latest trends in Web 2.0 and how organizations can effectively use them to build community as well as as how to measure the real ROI???s. Panelists: Heather Holdridge, Care2.com, Connie Reece, Social Media Club and Frozen Pea Fund, Beth Kanter Moderator: Allyson Kapin, Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign.

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A Case Study In Launching A Facebook Page

John Haydon

Send Out Dinner Invitations – The Brain Aneurysm Foundation leveraged two major assets to promote the Page – NING and their email list. Instead, they reposted their best stuff from the NING community (forum posts with the highest number of replies), asked meaningful questions to engage fans, and shared resources from their information library. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hired Inbound Zombie in June to help create a stronger presence on Facebook.

#14KPWD - People With Diabetes Get Active Online

See What's Out There

TuDiabetes.com is built on the white-label social networking platform Ning , and Manny wrote the book on it. He really wrote the book on Ning. Tomorrow at 4:00pm ET, 14,000 people worldwide will test their blood sugar simultaneously and share their results online. The organizer is TuDiabetes.com.com, the niche social networking site for people affected by diabetes.

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Social Networking meets CRM

Idealware

Here are a couple of examples nonprofits are working on: 1) A health advocacy organization set up a Ning site to support collaboration and knowledge sharing among like-minded organizations. However, in order to ensure that all the Ning members get the monthly eNewsletter and announcements of important events from Constant Contact, the organization has to cut and paste every new registrant into its database and again into Constant contact.

An Amazing NpTech Social Media Link Buffet: Take Your Pick!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

SocialGiving , a Ning app that allows for peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives for Ning Network Creators was launched this week by PincGiving. Ning has been a popular platform for nonprofits to create communities of interest around their causes. Manny Hernandez, author of Ning for Dummies, is the founder of tudiabetes and estudiabetes - two highly successful nonprofit communities on Ning. Follow his blog for expert Ning advice.

A Case Study In Launching A Facebook Page

John Haydon

Send Out Dinner Invitations – The Brain Aneurysm Foundation leveraged two major assets to promote the Page – NING and their email list. Instead, they reposted their best stuff from the NING community (forum posts with the highest number of replies), asked meaningful questions to engage fans, and shared resources from their information library. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hired Inbound Zombie in June to help create a stronger presence on Facebook.

Twibbon: A Twitter Tool That Puts a Ribbon on Your Profile

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My friend, Manny Hernandez, founder of Tuiabetes Community and author of Ning for Dummies, let me know that today, November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Today, at 14:00 hours (local time), thousands of people with diabetes will test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share their results on TuDiabetes or on Twitter. He is using a tool called " Twibbon " that makes it easy for people to change their avatar to incorporate a visual for a particular cause.

Are Nonprofits Raising Money Via Social Networks?

Frogloop

For the first time this year, quite a few newbies were added to the list of Social Network platforms: FourSquare, Jumo, Vimeo, Yelp, Picassa, Ning, Delicious, CrowdRise, FirstGiving, Razoo and Causes. The 2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report provides some incredible data on how 11K+ nonprofits are using social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. The study also answers the biggest question on everyone's mind.

Build vs “Buy”

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

There are new types of software being developed all the time (like, for instance, the new crop of “ Social Network Management Systems &# both open source and SaaS, like Ning.). I keep being surprised by how frequently I hear clients tell me that a vendor has suggested they “build them a CMS,&# or by proposals from vendors that include custom building a CMS. I hear people suggesting building their own social networking website.

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Why your nonprofit should attend #140conf

John Haydon

CarissaO , @healthyjack and @shwen talked about Rudy created a NING network to help others with disabilities. This past Tuesday I attended the 140 character conference in Boston to learn new ways that organizations use Twitter.