It’s a day for numbers, I suppose. Earlier today, someone created the 1 millionth social network on Ning. Ning is the “build your own social network” site started by Marc Andreesen over two years ago. C|Net’s numbers state that “Ning has 22 million registered users, about 6.1 million of whom are considered active. Out of the million networks, about a fifth are currently active.” (I suspect people build networks as experiments, but don’t act on them.)
This makes me happy. Ning has made my life infinitely easier. I run a non-profit on the side and creating a social network on Ning was our best bet for a web site. It kept me from having to spend time coding and designing and instead, I could dive more into the content. Over the last year, our Ning site has improved because the offerings from Ning have improved as well. For my non-profit, I literally am running a mini-Facebook.
The same applies to the rather impressive Open Wine Consortium, of which I’m a member, and many of the other niche social networks on Ning. I love the way Ning allows people to gather together around a single subject. Alternatively, it also works as a basic web site for our family site – pulling in RSS feeds, photos, videos, and more. I’m debating on moving my main business web site to Ning, because the tech support is excellent and the features are better than what I could feasibly build on my own.
So congratulations to Ning – 1 million networks strong.