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Why and How Do You Use Ning?

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Are you using Ning? Allow me to ask a seemingly dumb question: Why?
I don’t mean, “Oh, why would you ever use it!” but rather, “I understand what Ning is supposed to enable, but why do you personally use it? What does it enable or facilitate?”
For example, Facebook might have been intended at first to connect people in a similar time and place (university), but now, I personally use it predominently to keep in touch with people who live far away and get insight into their day-to-day lives. On the other hand, I hardly use Facebook as my primary method of connecting with people whom I see frequently.
Do you see what I’m asking? So, why do you use Ning? What do you do with it? Add your comments below, please! This is an earnest question!

20 Responses

  1. Peter DiFalco

    I use Ning to particpate in hobby groups, where we organize events, communicate in forums, post photos, and interact socially, though I don’t personally know most of the Ning members.
    We use Ning in my higher education work to provide a place for classes and interdisciplinary faculty teams to build community and be a little more social than a Wiki or virtual learning environment alone would allow.

  2. Neil Barker

    I’m using Ning for two reasons. First reason is to connect with other language teachers and share ideas. I continue to learn new techniques and strategies each day.
    The second reason is to connect with people working in Korea. It’s a little difficult to network and meet with people, so Ning has allowed me to get up-to-date information on what’s happening with expats in Korea.
    Basically, Ning has been another part of my personal information network similar to Twitter, RSS feeds, and blogs.

  3. Apostolos K.

    I use ning as a way to create easily create a flexible community of current students, alumni and faculty in the MEd program that I am currently in. People attend the program, then they graduate, and contact is generally lost. It’s easy to find people you knew on Facebook and LinkedIn, but it’s not so easy to find people whom you never met to begin with and to share expertise with.
    Facebook groups did not fit the bill, and LinkedIn groups were a little limiting. Ning was more flexible, but did not require me to run it on my own server. And when I am no longer able to maintain the day to day ops of the network, I can pass it on to someone else in the program, all knowledge and people intact.

  4. Clark Quinn

    I use Ning when someone creates a group I want to be a member of (e.g. LearnTrends). That said, can’t recall the last time I was at a Ning site….

  5. Mariel

    I used Ning with my sts in 2009. I love it and they have been very productive on it. Their blogs are easily traceable, interaction among sts is made easy, photos, videos and audio files are stored all together.
    I’ve become a big fan, and I intend to go on using it.

  6. Rebecca Petersen

    I have started to use Ning for my online course rather than using our university LMS. I have found the format and software to be more flexible; empowering the students to take more ownership and pride in the content they create and post. Also, since I work in teacher education, there are many quality Nings they can connect to in the field. Many students start their own Nings after the course.

  7. Daniel Livingstone

    We’ve been using Ning for a while now to create an open community around two of our (closely related) degree programmes. The community includes students from all four years of undergraduate study (this is Scotland!), post-graduate students, alumni, prospective students, friends of students, industry professionals and faculty. The group is administered by students and staff, and is a good way of enabling open communication between students and staff.
    Students can post questions, photos, links, cool stuff and we have an easy way to share knowledge, ideas and discussion with students outside the narrow bounds of individual courses and modules.

  8. Hala Salih

    I am using Ning with a group of teachers we are training. I think we are able to communicate using Ning ouside the class for the following reasons:
    1. practicing their English
    2. sharing files
    3. building a community of practice.
    4. posting news and events
    Hala

  9. Linda

    I don’t use Ning. It’s pretty, but redundant. Don’t need another layer. I find “Meet Up” and contacting through a website email more efficient for connections which lead to real f2f possibilities.

  10. Chattanooga Attractions

    I use Ning much the same way I use Facebook, and Twitter. I post comments to my blogs and follow and join groups that have interesting or useful content.
    I know people who use a variety of social networking platforms, so it requires me to maintain accounts at many different networking sites.
    However, it can be quite overwhelming trying to keep track of so many accounts and who I’m communicating with on each.
    Someday, someone may invent a better solution. :)

  11. Chattanooga Attractions

    I use Ning much the same way I use Facebook, and Twitter. I post comments to my blogs and follow and join groups that have interesting or useful content.
    I know people who use a variety of social networking platforms, so it requires me to maintain accounts at many different networking sites.
    However, it can be quite overwhelming trying to keep track of so many accounts and who I’m communicating with on each.
    Someday, someone may invent a better solution. :)

  12. George C.

    Thanks for explaining the various uses for certain social sites.

  13. Penny Shares

    I use Ning much the same way I use Facebook, and Twitter. I post comments to my blogs and follow and join groups that have interesting or useful content.
    I know some who use a variety of social sites, so it requires me to maintain accounts at many different networking sites. A bit of a pain really.

  14. busy teacher

    Frankly, I tried it once and it wasn’t effective for my needs (providing a tool for educators to share free printable worksheets with colleagues. Probably, for some other, not so specific community, such social network as Ning will work just great.

  15. Ian

    A lot of the time I use Ning and I don’t even realise it. It’s uses increasingly for blogs and forums but with all the different skins available it’s hard to tell!
    I mainly use Ning as a portal for a local tennis club I’m involved in.

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  17. Mr Get Money

    I used a Ning platform for a few years and it was sort of succesful, but I found most of my members just went back to Facebook.
    They are now charging a monthly fee, so I am letting this website finish up.
    Just not enough action there for me.
    Mr Get Money

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  19. Rob Frye affiliate marketing guy

    Ning is a great open platform for building a business or personal following or creating a media platform of your choosing as well. Last I heard they were going to start charging for some services but I don’t know for sure if that ever happened. Hopefully all the great comments above will help! Thanks, Rob

  20. Rodger C Bailey, MS

    I was using Ning heavily until they changed their position in the market.
    Some uses were family sites. I’m an expat from the USA living and working from South America and it gave be a chance to keep up easily with family in a protected (enclosed) environment. My wife’s family is spread out throughout South America and Europe, so she had the same outcome.
    I also liked Ning for creating tightly niche specific social networks. As Ning changed it’s financial direction, I started creating WP-BuddyPress sites and migrated those niche-specific Ning populations onto my new social networks.
    There are a couple of Ning sites which I continue to use, because they are specific to my needs and they were large enough that they were already funded sites on Ning.

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