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No More Ning Freebies

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Gina Bianchini, former CEO of Ning, gives a demonstration of Ning’s service to Robert Scoble

Ning has been offering free social networks and over 1 million have been established. I don’t have one but some bloggers I know do have a ning site. While catching up on my subscription reading today I found a Mashable article that contained some bad news for some and good news for others.

We will phase out our free service. Existing free networks will have the opportunity to either convert to paying for premium services, or transition off of Ning[…] ::: Currently, Ning’s premium offerings include express access to customer support starting at $10 per month, removal of Ning links at the bottom of pages at $25 per month, custom URLs at $5 per month, an ad-free interface at $25 per month and extra bandwidth and storage at $10 per month. Read the full post > Ning: Failures, Lessons and Six Alternatives

What the bloggers I know who do have social networks on ning have discovered is that a critical mass of participants is required to establish and maintain momentum to create a vibrant site, and even more numbers are required to grow the site. Sadly, none of them have been able to achieve this so I’m fairly sure they will not be converting to paying for premium services.

What about you readers?

  1. Do any of you have social networks on ning or are you a member of one?
  2. If so are they vibrant and growing?
  3. Will you be paying for premium services at ning or will the social network you have created or are a member of become one that’s phased out?
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7 thoughts on “No More Ning Freebies

  1. Hey timethief!

    I’m a member of a great Ning social network called 20 Something Bloggers. They did inform us of the changes of Ning and assured us that they’re staying since they already are under the premium service.

    But with these announcements, it’s vital that we keep watch on developments brought about by Ning.


    • Hello Sandra,
      Currently removing advertising costs $25. per month. It will be interesting to see what happens. I expect many very small networks will simply move off ning. One can have a free private blog here for up to 35 people so maybe we will see some of those folks move their site content to Are you aware of whether or not they have an XML exporter at ning?

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