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April 18, 2010


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I wrote a simillar article with some cool alternatives.



Crazy that all these folks are left with the option to pay or leave. I noticed there are some free options out there. Zerista is one that is a free and lets you take your group to your mobile phone.


Thanks very much for posting your list. Our library has been using Ning for our 5 discussion groups to have online forums, etc., so now we're scrambling to find other options (being a public library, we don't have much money). Thanks!


The thing is that we do not know if Ning is actually closing the free sites. They've kept radio silence, which is incredibly dumb because now there are posts on alternatives all over the web.

I'm waiting until the official statement to look for alternatives.

Lisa Schmucki

An alternative to Ning is edWeb.net. We are a free professional social network for the education community. Please check our out site at www.edweb.net.


I agree on the trust issue but the hassle of moving and possibility of perhaps losing members on still quite a young site puts me off. I feel trapped by Ning and very annoyed!

Daniele Bazzano

Hi Phil, Robin Good and I have just published an article on the best Ning alternatives on the web. It might be interesting for you and your readers:


Cheers, and many thanks for your useful list. Daniele


There is another alternative launched yesterday in beta at http://www.zonkk.com. Zonkk is free to join and has loads of applications and options. There are also paid subscriptions available for site upgrades.

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