Yes, the announcement is a bit confusing for me too. I think it is good
to contact if teachers contact Ning and explain about their networks. I
think If there will be no responses from network creators to the
announcement, Ning may shut down all of them in July.
When comparing their plans I see that the cheapest plan "Ning Mini"
lacks some great features like "Invite friends" which may not be good
for non-profit organizations to allow their members to invite friends
and colleagues to join their mission. Only network creators can invite
members and their number may not exceed 150 which means this plan may
not work VenTESOL with 525 members. It is better to communicate with
Ning or better migrate to another alternative platform.
I administer one educational network (657 members) and one community
network (452 members). I have contacted Ning to keep my educational
network open. My community network will migrate to another place or we
will just limit using existing Joomla Content Management System with
possible free Community extension and Simple Machine Forum with its
Simple Portal mod.
On 5/4/2010 12:56 PM, Evelyn Izquierdo wrote:
> Thanks so much, Ibrahim. I had read the article too; but it seems that
> Ning will only be free for elementary and secondary school teachers,
> not for non-profit organizations like VenTESOL, where we had gathered
> 525 members already. Am I wrong? Perhaps, I am not understanding the
> announcement very well.
> Evelyn Izquierdo
> Escuela de Educación
> Universidad Central de Venezuela
> De: Ibrahim Rustamov <ibrahim <mailto:ibrahimjon%40gmail.com>
> Asunto: Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Ning Official Announcement
> A: email@example.com
> Fecha: martes, 4 de mayo de 2010, 01:24 pm
> I have received Ning announcement from them. I have also read this great
> http://bits. blogs.nytimes. com/2010/ 05/04/ning- planning- to-remain-
> free-for- teachers/
> The url tells everything teachers want to know.
> On 5/4/2010 12:05 PM, Evelyn Izquierdo wrote:
> > Announcement
> > In July, we will roll-out three new pricing plans and begin phasing
> > out our free service. Many of you chose the Ning Platform to build
> > your communities because it’s the easiest to use, has the most
> > reliable performance and easily scales to hundreds of thousands of
> > members. Our shift to a paid service model will enable us to focus to
> > a greater degree on enhancing the features, performance and services
> > we offer to our paying Network Creators. You’ll immediately see
> > greater control over your network branding, design and member
> > experience. All three plans offer an incredible value relative to our
> > current premium services offerings.
> > Read the complete announcement here.
> > Evelyn Izquierdo
> > Escuela de Educación
> > Universidad Central de Venezuela
> > http://evelynizquie rdo.wordpress. com/
> > <http://evelynizquie rdo.wordpress. com/>
> > http://beyondtheeng lishclassroomwal ls.blogspot. com/
> > <http://beyondtheeng lishclassroomwal ls.blogspot. com/>
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