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You Got Ninged!
Ning has been a popular, FREE website platform that allows for building a social site. Many people have used Ning to build their own little personal network of "friends" (or "followers", depending how you look at it). But now there is a problem. Ning is discontinuing the FREE version (ref).
So, what will happen to all these Ning sites where the administrators have built up a following? Well, they'll either have to dish out the $2.95 a month for the basic setup or they'll have to scramble to move their site to another platform. This is the problem with FREE sites, they are unreliable. Can you imagine some member of a Ning site that has devoted lots of time to interaction. Posting and creating content and now because the administrator wanted to go cheap, all of that time and effort by members might go down the drain?
I'd don't know what to tell ya. To the admins of these Ning sites, I guess it's "I told ya so". When you don't take the time to invest a little effort into building a platform, or when you relinquish your independence for something that is "free", then this is what happens. To the members of these sites that are more than likely going to lose your material. Maybe you should think twice about "following" a person that didn't care enough about you to get a real website.
P.S. This article isn't meant to be "judgmental or self-righteous", only that if a person accepts "FREE" stuff, be it website platforms or tuition, there is usually some sort of catch. I guess we're seeing what the catch was with NING.
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