This week’s featured website is www.ning.com. Ning is a site for setting up mini social networks. Instead of creating a mySpace page or a facebook group around a given topic/subject, you can set up your own Ning. I’m currently in a few different Nings, including one for work and one for boot camp.
Nings are great ways to keep in touch and to stay on topic. Like any social networking site, they allow for pictures, public posting, private messaging and “friending.” Unlike the mega-sites, they’re centered around specific topics, interests or groups. Since Nings are typically more specialized than groups on mySpace or facebook, they to have a greater sense of purpose and privacy.
The most successful Nings I’ve seen so far are used as an online extention of face-to-face relationships. This makes them perfect for groups/clubs/activities where people want to continue to socialize and interact between sessions/meetings.
(BTW, I’m still looking for suggestions for Website Wednesday. It’s kinda sad when I’m blogging about work-related stuff from home, instead of the other way around!)