Ning will no longer offer free, ad supported services

ning_logo1Jen Smith pointed out an important article this morning pertaining to Ning. According to CNET, they are, “cutting 40 percent of its staff and axing its free, ad-supported service.” This is bad news for many of us who have been involved with Ning for years.

If you’re wondering what Ning is:

“Ning is the social platform for the world’s interests and passions online. Millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits.”

A great example of its use is in the group, “Classroom 2.0“.

buddypressThere is a glimmer of hope on the horizon for those of you interested in forums and groups for educational use here at ISM. We’re currently investigating the use of BuddyPress – a very similar type of service that is scheduled to be integrated with WordPress soon. If things go as planned, this could hopefully be an option for use in your classes starting in August. More info to come!