UPDATE FROM NING CEO: JASON ROSENTHAL

Hi Everyone, (POSTED on Creators by Jason Rosenthal on April 16, 2010)


As many of you know, we made a decision yesterday to focus 100% of the company on enhancing the features and services we offer to paying Ning Creators. The tens of thousands of you who already use our paid service represent over 75% of our traffic, and we’ve heard repeatedly from you ways that we can deliver a killer service to help make your Ning Network more effective. Some examples of things we are working on that you’ve asked for include new APIs, a new mobile experience and new advertising and revenue opportunities.


As part of this change, we’ll be phasing out our free service. On May 4, 2010, we will share with you all of the details of our new offering, including features and price points, through a series of blog posts, emails, and conference calls. We recognize that there are many active Ning Networks for teachers, small non-profits, and individuals and it's our goal to have a set of product and pricing options that will make sense for all of them. For Ning Creators using our free service who choose to move to another service, we will off a migration path and time to make that change. We will still continue to allow free trials and test networks on the Ning Platform.


We look forward to talking to you further on May 4th.


ORIGINAL STORY HERE - - Ning Update: Rolling Out Full Details May 4th

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Comment by Lakrush Hearts on April 16, 2010 at 7:45pm
I agree Jen you are awesome. Ning just kicked it self in the butt AGAIN. Out of all the other social networks that have been mentioned at the time the best was Ning. The one thing that made my Ning experience was the Scripts4Ning packages they had. It was so good and really made the networks stand out. Then Ning kicked itself in the butt by taking over the scripts with promises they didn't keep. I think thats what really killed the Ning experience overall. Now that Ning will be phasing out there will be an opportunity for others to start a social networking platform that can give tools to help better incentives that will draw the traffic to the networks.
Comment by erica on April 16, 2010 at 7:17pm
Jen, I just wanted to thank you for informing us about this. If it weren't for you, I'd be in the dark. Good looking out!
Comment by Laura on April 16, 2010 at 7:06pm
I've also used www.webs.com to build several websites...it does have some features to set up groups and invite members, but its mainly an awesome website builder. I love webs.com. They now have an affiliate program as well..so you can refer others to the service an earn an affiliate income if your into affiliate marketing.
Comment by Laura on April 16, 2010 at 7:04pm
Here's another one...I got an invite to today...looks very similiar to ning. http://www.socialgo.com/
Comment by Tree Lindsay on April 16, 2010 at 6:51pm
I've looked at several other social networks as well (wackwall, grou.ps, webs.com), but I think I like this one best. http://www.spruz.com Does anyone have any good/bad feedback about this network?
Comment by Temple of Our Lady of the Moon on April 16, 2010 at 6:43pm
Ok so how does that affect us free service ncs?
Comment by Venus over Pan on April 16, 2010 at 6:43pm
Hello Jen:)

Its been a long time... too bad my contacting you is under such conditions. However life is about change and there are so many!!! NING has made up its mind ( fair enough) as far as I am concerned about this network and staying with it...hmm... probably not! lol

However I do really appreciate all you have done and the person you are... and YES!

If you decided to go it on your own COUNT ME IN!

I know it may seem like a lot to take on but great things start off small my dear :) And with your heart and skills...I would say you have more than you know :)

Thank you so much my friend, I wish you well in whatever you do *X*

( just in case you change your mind on the idea...)

magic_rubymoonmonkey@hotmail.com

Love you *XXX*
Comment by JenSocial on April 16, 2010 at 6:33pm
I wish I had the resources to take on such an awesome venture. Thank you for your kind words. ;-)
Comment by Tree Lindsay on April 16, 2010 at 6:28pm
Thanks for the update, Jen! And I agree, that you would be an awesome person to run a Social Network! I would be one that would be willing to come on your team too....I am familiar with alot of coding, and it would be a pleasure to work with you. :)
Comment by MYSTICMOONS on April 16, 2010 at 6:23pm
Jen, thats a splendid idea! You should have a look into opening your own. You know more about Social Networking that the new CEO shall ever learn. As for me, well I am looking hard a Webs.com. There is one Council Community thats started their community there and its very user friendly and very cheap! It gives you everything that Ning charges for free. I am going, I am sad to say.

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