Ning: Phoenix or Fizzle?

Amy Sample Ward

The Ning issue touches on a topic that’s very important to me and I’ve written about a number of times, including: Letting Technology Lead , Why we need a new way of building , How our tools define ‘community’ and Ning saying No to free networks.

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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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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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.

Making Media Connections: Ning Site

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It recently launched a ning site - a branded social network for its community of nonprofits. Tell me a little about your organization's social media strategy for its ning (branded social network) site? s Ning online strategy began as a way to solve a very practical solution???keeping A Ning site was developed in order to answer this specific need. Why did you select ning? Ning's development application is very intuitive and easy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Ning, on the other hand, offers all of the benefits of a private getaway with your closest friends.

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.

Changeblogger Ning Group, Meetup, Meme and Wiki

Have Fun - Do Good

Changeblogger Ning social network to connect with other changebloggers.

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.

We Just Featured Social Actions on the Ning Blog!

Social Actions

Social Actions was just featured on the Ning Blog

We Just Featured Social Actions on the Ning Blog!

Social Actions

Social Actions was just featured on the Ning Blog

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Tu Diabetes - Uses Ning to manage a Diabetes support community with 5,000+ members.

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

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.

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.

How Many Hours Per Week Should Your Nonprofit Invest in Social Media?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Niche Networks (Ning, Change.org, Care2, WiserEarth, BlackPlanet): 5 to 10 Hours Weekly. Ning allows nonprofits to launch their own social networking communities.

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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.

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.

Strengthen Your Community with a Knowledge Sharing Network

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Discussion boards can be added to your website, leveraged in a Ning site, or you can use a google group or similar solution. Consider Ning, Basecamp, and Zoho. By Laura Norvig, Special Librarian, the Resource Center. Whether your nonprofit organization provides services or advocates for a cause, your stakeholders have common interests. Perhaps you already provide them with relevant content through a website, e-newsletter, e-mails, or social media channels.

How To Get Started Thinking About Online Peer Learning Communities for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ning – Popular with nonprofits, reasonably priced, may require some customization. Note from Beth: This one of my favorite photos of a workshop I designed and facilitated at SXSW called “ Peer Learning Session for Nonprofit Social Media Managers.”

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8 Great Tools for Private Social Networks and Online Communities: The 2011 Edition

Influence

Ning is a hosted workspace product which boasts the largest numbers of users and networks of all of the private social networks. Because it started as a free product, the platform serves mostly small groups, but many Ning groups have grown to be quite substantial. Our clients are planning, designing, and launching online professional networks of all shapes and sizes to reach, engage, and inform external stakeholders.

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.

33 Must-Read Updates to Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Niche Networks and Early Adoption (Instagram, Tumblr, Ning, Change.org, Care2, Wiser Earth, BlackPlanet, Quepasa, New Myspace): 5-10 Hours Weekly.

22 Must-Read Updates to Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Niche Networks and Early Adoption (Instagram, Tumblr, Ning, Change.org, Care2, Wiser Earth, BlackPlanet, Quepasa, New Myspace): 5-10 Hours Weekly.

The Dangerous Free

Beaconfire Wire

I wrote it about this in April of 2010 , when Ning changed it’s business model. The Internet is awash in free tools, and I love them, both for my own personal use as well as for our clients. With all that’s out there and wonderful, why wouldn’t you want to use a free tool? There’s always a caveat. If a company changes its business model, goes out of business, or just plain decides they don’t like you, you can lose your data, with little to no recourse.

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 ).

Eight Great Tools for Private Social Networks and Online Communities - 2011 Edition

Influence

Ning is a hosted workspace product which boasts the largest numbers of users and networks of all of the private social networks. Because it started as a free product, the platform serves mostly small groups, but many Ning groups have grown to be quite substantial. Our clients are planning, designing, and launching online professional networks of all shapes and sizes to reach, engage, and inform external stakeholders.

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.

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33 Must-Read Updates to Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Niche Networks and Early Adoption (Instagram, Tumblr, Ning, Change.org, Care2, Wiser Earth, BlackPlanet, Quepasa, New Myspace): 5-10 Hours Weekly.

#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.

Brandraising: Using Technology to Grow Nonprofit Peaches

NTEN

Now I'm that grown up who stays up late building communities for my obscure personal interests on Ning, and aimlessly chatting with my long-lost friends from elementary school on Facebook, and even (cough, cough) playing on Polyvore. . Sarah Durham, Big Duck. We're all nerds when it comes to new media. No matter how many studies tell us that that the gadgets we're hooked on aren't good for us , most of us technology nerds still can't get enough.