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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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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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. 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. I've been working in nonprofit technology since 1992.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Changeblogger Ning Group, Meetup, Meme and Wiki

Have Fun - Do Good

Changeblogger Ning social network to connect with other changebloggers.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Sping Cleaning: Taking Inventory of your Social Media Tools

Amy Sample Ward

Ning is a platform that allows individuals or organizations to create branded social networks. Today is April Fools, but instead of giving into temptation to play any tricks, I thoughts I’d focus in on the other April activity: Spring cleaning!

Why "Free Agent" Social Communities Rock

Frogloop

The community could be a blog community, a YouTube channel community, a Facebook or Ning group, or a reddit group. There is a lot of buzz about "free agent fundraisers" an individual using personal fundraising to raise money for a nonprofit organization. The free agent fundraiser is described in detail in Allison Fine and Beth Kanter's book The Networked Nonprofit. However, there is a new class of free agent out there, specific to social networks: " the free agent community.".

Collaborative Technologies for Social Impact: How Survivors Connect leverages the web and you can, too!

Amy Sample Ward

Ning allows you to build your own public or private online network with various pricing options. I originally wrote this feature for the World Pulse magazine. Due to space restrictions, unfortunately, it will not be included in the upcoming issue.

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. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hired Inbound Zombie in June to help create a stronger presence on Facebook.

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.