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The Ning Thing - 5 views

  • it would be folly for educators having suffered inconvenience at best, data loss at worst, to commit their content yet again to a potentially unreliable cloud provider. Alec Couros sees this kind of thing happening more and more in the crystal ball future and suggests that schools and educators would be better off investing in self-hosting using FOSS, free and open source software (Couros, 2010).
  • As suggested above, the only reliable alternative to Ning is to host your community yourself, or at a trusted institution, where you do your own regular backups, and your content is safe behind a firewall, with a UPS power source in case of power outages, and perhaps some sort of RAID system to keep you running through system crashes.
    Vance Stevens recaps recent Ning corporate decisions influencing virtual educational community developers, and outlines alternatives

Ning: About: Ning Apps - 3 views

    Network Creators can enter their social network's URL below to start installing apps

Ning Blog » Introducing Ning Apps for your Ning Network! - 1 views

    In addition to matching the look and feel of your Ning Network, Ning Apps can also post updates to the Latest Activity on your Main Page. ... Both members and Network Creators will have fine-grained control over whether or not their Ning Apps send updates to Latest Activity. For more information about managing the settings of your Ning Apps, check out our article here. []
2More - Conversations - 0 views

    Suggested uses: extending networks, retrieving lost conversations
    Search engine collection by Steve Hargadon ( "that allows you to search across ALL public Ning networks and other conversation-oriented sites for specific content" (On Classroom 2.0: ... New Searching Site; December 16, 2008). allows you to search across ALL public Ning networks and other conversation-oriented sites for specific content.

7 Things You Should Know About Ning | EDUCAUSE CONNECT - 0 views

    One of the latest publications in the ELI "Seven Things You Should Know About..." series
    Abstract: Ning is an online service that allows users to create their own social networks and join and participate in other networks. No technical skill is required to set up a social network, and there are no limits to the number of networks a user can join. Users of Ning social networks have access to functionality similar to that of more well-known social networks, such as Facebook and MySpace. Various features allow users to read news or learn about related events, join groups, read and comment on blog entries, view photos and videos, and other activities as set up by the network creator. RSS feeds let users subscribe to updates from specific parts of the social network.
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