- April 15, 2010
- TechCrunch was early to the news of Ning’s change of strategy, which at the time was still known only to a few members of the Ning creator’s network.
- Posterous announced that it would be building a Ning blog importer for free — but that still leaves all the other content up in the air.
- Steve Hargadon, Social Learning Consultant for Eluminate, and moderator of Classroom 2.0 (A paid-for Ning network), has blogged about the Ning Changes and the Impact on Educational Communities. In the comments, Steve Verjans mentions a public Google Doc that has been created to document some alternatives to Ning: http://is.gd/buqJ0; and Lucy Gray is collecting user stories in http://tinyurl.com/ningsfornonprofits. Steve will be hosting a discussion on Eluminate, tomorrow night (21st April) at midnight GMT (1.00 am BST). See Steve’s blog posting for details.
- D’Arcy Norman “On the Ning exodus” put his finger on the issue when he posted
WordPress/BuddyPress and Drupal and any of a long list of others can provide the functionality of Ning. But, in order to protect yourself from another potential service change/interruption, you really need to provide a server. […] You need to copy files to the server. You need to configure a database and tweak things. This is where the people that use Ning in the first place are lost. They can’t/won’t do this.
- 16 April, 2010
- Jack Schofield commented on the Ning announcement in the Guardian Technology Blog (Ning social network site is going from freemium to paid-for). His conclusion:
This is a useful reminder that no free online service is guaranteed to remain free, or even to survive. Indeed, it’s a fair bet that at least 90% will, in the long term, disappear. Those lured with the bait of cloud computing should bear this in mind and make sure they have complete backups of all their data, plus an exit strategy for when the worst happens.
will be taken to heart by this author.
- 17 April, 2010
- Jane Hart helpfully reminded us in 115 Social networking and collaboration spaces that Ning is not the only game in town and made a special plea for her favourite alternative Elgg (which some Swansea readers will know better as Oremi). Jane has also published a useful comparison of Twitter, Ning, Facebook and Elgg that deserves further study.
- Jolie O’Dell, of Mashable commented on Ning: Failures and Lessons and gives six alternatives.
- Alan (Marcus Antonius) Cann came “not to praise Ning but to bury it:
Ning is a dead end. Now it’s a dying dead end. End of story. Build networks, not destinations.
- 19 April, 2010
- Brian Kelly commented on the alternatives (some not particularly attractive) available to users of social networks in Higher Education (Now that Ning is Gone…). Interestingly he notes that the 2010 World-Wide Web Conference is using a Facebook group to do what the JISC 2010 Conference site (a Ning network) was set up to do, and rather successfully too!
- Chris Hall, in comments to the last post, mentions that BuddyPress is already on the “might work for SALT” list.
So that’s it for now. We’ll know more in May when Ning finally announces its new pricing models. For me, this has to be the quickest e-learning fad I’ve ever promoted, from best-thing-since-sliced-bread to toast in 48 hours!