If you're an active Facebook user and involved in creating groups on their network, you might want to strike out on your own and design a highly-customized standalone site. Business professionals are developing networking hubs while hobbyists are getting their 'Ning' on
forming online clubs. The New Kids On The Block
have a fan group following and College alumni groups have found a new way to keep in touch with their school mates!Ning
, first founded in 2004 by Gina Bianchini
and Marc Andreessen
, one of the developers of the Mosaic Web browser by Netscape Communications. Ning says its platform has been used to create 1.5 million networks
with 33 million registered users.
The more than 90 apps now available are based on OpenSocial APIs
(application programming interfaces), which allow applications to run on multiple Web sites without developers having to change them.Cartfly
, now available on Ning is a social commerce store network that enables online merchants to turn their storefronts into portable widgets and distribute them across major social networks. Ustream.tv
enables video streaming and chat for anyone with a camera and an Internet connection. In less than a few minutes anyone can become a broadcaster by creating one's own Ustream TV channel and embedding it into your Ning social network.
The options on Ning Networks are endless. Here's a list of some of the other popular apps available to Ning social networkers.For Artist, Musician or Entertainment Ning Networks
online store to sell merchandise
to sell event tickets
to stream mobile video For Activist and Non-Profit Ning Networks
* Social Giving
by Pinc to support fund-raising efforts
* Marketplace Classifieds
allows you to post & search local ads for more volunteers & resources
to host live radio shows
to rapidly gauge members level of involvement
to share workspaces and collateral
to schedule meetings and mobilize members
to display blog postsFor Sports Fan or Extreme Athlete Ning Networks
to share highlights and stories
to share real time reactions to games and players
You can also review the full Ning Apps Directory
The Ning Apps are completely integrated into Ning Networks by design. They support gadgets skins
, allowing them to automatically inherit the visual style of the Ning Network to which they're added. It's a very cool way for non-techies to jump in with both feet and create a network from scratch with all the bells and whistles...and the bonus is...it's free! And if you are a professional developer there is a Ning Developer Network
to provide you with an even more advanced approach in putting together your network.
If you've got a itching to form your own
group, getting your 'Ning' on
is a worthwhile investment of your time... even if you only have a few members who want to join!